Near Reedsville in Meigs County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
— John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail —
On the evening of July 19, 1863, in a rugged region near the head of Indian Run, Morgan gave instructions to fill a hilltop with large campfires. Union observers saw the fires and assumed the Confederates had camped for the night. After partly surrounding Morgan's camp, Shackelford rested just east of Tuppers Plains, confident that he would capture the raiders at first light.
Morgan and his men waited and then quietly slipped away under cover of darkness, riding around Tuppers Plains and their Union pursuers. When the Union troops, including the 23rd Ohio Infantry, stormed into Morgan's campsite in the morning, they found only 49 sick and wounded raiders who had stayed behind to tend
Morgan Doubles Back to Cheshire
From Tuppers Plains, Morgan led his men west along the Athens-Meigs County line. They rode nonstop through Alfred and Burlingham in the early morning hours of July 20 and turned southwest, intent on reaching Eight Mile Island Ford at Cheshire. With Shackelford's troopers close behind, Morgan's men passed through Harrisonville, dispersing its local home guard and foraging its horses and goods. The raiders raced southward through Rutland to Kygerville, where Shackelford's advance caught up to Morgan's rear guard. A running fight ensued, but Morgan continued toward Cheshire in hopes of crossing the Ohio River.
[Photo caption]:Morgan devised a classic ruse to mislead his Union pursuers: filling an area with campfires to give the impression of a large camp. The Confederates stealthily rode off, heading west back into the Ohio interior and around their enemy.
Text: Edd Sharp & David L. Mowery
Illustration: Bev Kirk
Erected 2013 by the Ohio Department of Transportation, the Ohio History Connection, and the Ohio Civil War Trail Commission. (Marker Number 31.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US CivilJohn Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail in Ohio series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 19, 1863.
Location. 39° 8.804′ N, 81° 47.354′ W. Marker is near Reedsville, Ohio, in Meigs County. Marker is on Ohio Route 681, 0.3 miles west of Barton Road (County Road 267), on the left when traveling west. Located at west end of Joppa Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 53040 OH-681, Reedsville OH 45772, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Reedsville (approx. 2.6 miles away); Belleville (approx. 3.4 miles away in West Virginia); Long Bottom (approx. 4.3 miles away); Birthplace of Ambrose Bierce (approx. 5.3 miles away); The Coolville Bridge (approx. 5.4 miles away); George Washington (approx. 5.8 miles away); Coleman Chapel (approx. 7.3 miles away in West Virginia); Chester Civil War Memorial (approx. 8.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Reedsville.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 14, 2017. It was originally submitted on September 14, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 584 times since then and 139 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 14, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.