“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Hemlock in Perry County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)


Losses and Recovery at the Sanders Farm


— John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail —

Hemlock Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 27, 2019
1. Hemlock Marker
Inscription.  Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan and about 600 Confederates rode into Hemlock, on July 22, 1863, coming from Snow Creek to the southwest. The raiders stopped at the Benjamin Sanders Farm for food and to water their horses. The farmhouse, which was razed in 2003, stood to the left across the road.

A family story tells that one of Morgan’s cavalrymen asked for a blanket to cover his horse’s saddle sores. Susannah Sanders, who had three sons serving in the Union army and hoped that a southern woman might help her sons if they were in need, kindly offered the young trooper her best quilt. As they departed, Morgan’s men took the family horses. Benjamin Sanders followed the Confederates to their surrender site a week later and recovered his-horses.

Morgan and his raiders continued east, emptying kitchens and stables along the way. They arrived in Millertown just west of present-day Corning and, looting stores and “confiscating” whiskey, rested there until about 5 pm. The pursuing Union forces under Brigadier General James M. Shackelford arrived later that evening and spent the night (Marker Number 35.)
Hemlock Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 27, 2019
2. Hemlock Marker
39° 35.479′ N, 82° 8.85′ W. Marker is in Hemlock, Ohio, in Perry County. Marker is on Sanders Street (Ohio Route 155) 0.4 miles east of Main Street, on the right when traveling east. It is just outside of town at the school bus storage lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10131 OH-155, Corning OH 43730, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Knights of Labor Opera House (approx. 3˝ miles away); Tecumseh Theater (approx. 3.6 miles away); Welcome to Shawnee and the Little Cities of Back Diamond Region (approx. 3.6 miles away); A Boom Town (approx. 3.6 miles away); Black Diamonds and Bricks (approx. 3.6 miles away); A Little City in the Forest (approx. 3.6 miles away); Rendville (approx. 3.6 miles away); World’s Greatest Mine Fire (approx. 4.1 miles away).
More about this marker. This interpretive panel has two illustrations. One depicts the soldiers at the farm, captioned “Benjamin Sanders was not at home when Morgan’s Raiders came through his farm, but his wife found them to be ‘true Southern Gentlemen.’”. The second shows Susannah Sanders giving a quilt to a soldier. It is captioned, “A needy young Confederate who approached Susannah Sanders apparently touched her heart, for she offered him one of her best quilts.” The illustrations are credited to Bev Kirk and the text to Jeff Yoest.
Categories. War, US Civil

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 25, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 25, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 56 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 25, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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