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Near McArthur in Vinton County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Vinton Station

Avoiding Another Battle

— John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail —

Vinton Station Interpretive Panel image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, June 26, 2019
1. Vinton Station Interpretive Panel
Inscription.  The loss of their baggage train and artillery at Buffington Island allowed Confederate Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan and cavalrymen to travel cross-country in an effort to shake their Union pursuers and avoid revealing their position. After going around Tuppers Plains in Meigs County, they headed almost due west away from the river and back into the interior of southeastern Ohio.

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
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Furnace, to guide them to McArthur. When Brown reported that Union soldiers were guarding it, Morgan directed his scouts to locate a route around McArthur in hopes avoiding another major conflict.

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 and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail in Ohio series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 20, 1863.
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 7 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); a different marker also named Vinton County Veterans Memorial
Vinton Station Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, June 26, 2019
2. Vinton Station Marker
The railroad runs across the road, crossing U.S. 50 on the overpass in the distance. It was the Marietta & Cincinnati Railroad when Morgan passed through. Today CSX Transportation owns the line.
(approx. 2.4 miles away); Maude C. Collins (approx. 2.4 miles away); Mc Arthur Well (approx. 2.4 miles away); Forest Of Honor (approx. 4.3 miles away); Creola (approx. 5.8 miles away); Lockheed T33 Shooting Star (approx. 6.4 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.”
Vinton Station Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, June 26, 2019
3. Vinton Station Marker
U.S. 50 is in the distance.
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 419 times since then and 15 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.

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