Portland in Meigs County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Attack from the West
Battle of Buﬃngton Island
Closing the Net
Frustrated by multiple failed attempts to overtake Morgan in Kentucky, Major General Ambrose Burnside dispatched Union Brigadier General Edward Hobson and 2,500 Union soldiers on July 6 with specific orders to intercept the Confederate raiders.
Hobson's men relentlessly pursued Morgan's men for two weeks through Kentucky, Indiana and southern Ohio. The raiders did not make it easy for them to follow. By taking all fresh horses with them — whether they needed them or not — the Confederates slowed the Union pursuit through Indiana and Ohio.
As Hobson's men neared Portland on July 19, gunshots could be heard from the south and the general was quick to send reinforcements toward the river. Cresting a hill overlooking Colonel Adam Johnson's Confederate forces, Union troops quickly dismounted, firing volley after volley into the disorganized raiders at the bottom of the hill. The Union forces tightened their vise grip on the raiders and pushed them north of the ford. The situation further deteriorated for Morgan's men as gunboats began to fire upon them from the
Union Troops Lie in Wait
West Virginia became a state on June 20, 1863, about a month before Morgan's Raid reached Ohio. It was formed from pro-Union counties in Virginia but was still considered friendly territory by Morgan and his troops. Morgan was unaware that Union forces were waiting to attack from the West Virginia border in the event that any Confederates made it across the Buffington Island ford.
Top left photo: Brigadier General Edward Hobson - Hobson led his troops on a grueling journey to chase down the raiders. His forces continued to be outsmarted by Morgan until they reached Portland.
Bottom left map: Hearing Judah's troops clash with the raiders, Hobson's reinforcements rushed to the scene.
Erected by the Ohio Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 39° 0.138′ N, 81° 46.448′ W. Marker is in Portland, Ohio, in Meigs County. Marker can be reached from Ohio River Scenic Byway (Ohio Route 124) south of New Portland Road, on the right when traveling south. Located within the Buffington Island Battlefield Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 56998 OH-124, Portland OH 45770, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance Path of Destruction and Damage (here, next to this marker); Surprise Encounter (here, next to this marker); Capture in Columbiana County (here, next to this marker); Escape from the Ohio Penitentiary (here, next to this marker); Confusion and Panic (here, next to this marker); Buffington Island (here, next to this marker); Modern Day Buffington Island (here, next to this marker); The Battle of Buffington Island (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portland.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 17, 2017. It was originally submitted on September 16, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 152 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 16, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.