Near McArthur in Vinton County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Avoiding Another Battle
— John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail —
On July 20, 1863, Morgan rode south toward an Ohio River ford at Cheshire, but the Condor and an attack by Union cavalry under Brigadier General James Shackelford prevented the crossing. Morgan and 700 men escaped to Addison, turned inland, and encamped that night at Porter.
The following morning, Morgan surprised and captured 450 men of the 1st Scioto Militia under Lieutenant Colonel Louis Sontag near Ewington. Morgan paroled the troops but confiscated their weapons and ammunition. More than 50 exhausted raiders surrendered to Sontag before Morgan continued northwest through Iron Valley Furnace and Vinton Furnace.
When the raiders arrived at Vinton Station after 7 pm, they ordered Isaac Brown, the manager of Vinton
Capture at Rankin’s Point. On the night of July 20, General Morgan permitted about 100 frustrated raiders to leave their camp at Porter to find their own escape route. The next day these men successfully reached the Ohio River at Rankin’s Point (present-day Crown City) but were all captured by Union militia before they could cross.
Text: Edd Sharp & David L Mowery, Illustration: Bev Kirk.
(Marker Number 32.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 39° 14.085′ N, 82° 26.219′ W. Marker is near McArthur, Ohio, in Vinton County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 50 and Powder Plant Road (Ohio Route 677) on U.S. 50. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mc Arthur OH 45651, 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. Vinton County Civil War Memorial (approx. 2.4 miles away); Vinton County Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.4 miles away); Maude C. Collins (approx. 2.4 miles away); Mc Arthur Well (approx. 2.4 miles away); Creola Lockheed T33 Shooting Star (approx. 6.4 miles away); Life in Zaleski (approx. 8˝ miles away); The Hanging Rock Blast Furnace (approx. 8˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in McArthur.
More about this marker. The illustration on the marker is captioned, “traveling through unfamiliar countryside, the Confederate raiders often drafted local guides. Isaac Brown, the manager of nearby Vinton Furnace, was ordered to direct the rebels to McArthur until General Morgan learned that a strong Union force awaited them there.”
Credits. This page was last revised on September 7, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 6, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 96 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 6, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 3. submitted on September 7, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.