Final Engagement at Sharp's Farm
— John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail —
After the raiders were spotted at Riley Church, about a mile northeast of here, a running fight ensued. Captain Ralph Sheldon's troopers of Company C, 2nd Kentucky Cavalry, wheeled about and directed a withering fire into the Union pursuit, effectively breaking it up. Lieutenant Smith Fisk, riding at the head of the Union forces, was shot from his horse near this spot. Several Confederates were wounded or captured.
This would be the last engagement in Morgan's Raid. From here the Confederates split, some riding north and the remainder, under Morgan, heading west toward Carrollton. Morgan's group circled back toward the east and rejoined the other members of his command west of Summitville.
As had been his practice, Morgan enlisted local guides, including citizens on their way to services at the Summitville Catholic Church. With this largely involuntary assistance, Morgan's troops resumed an easterly
The Sharp Family Gains A Laborer
Following the engagement at the Sharp farm, an African American youth was found hiding on the property. Variously identified as Boxer or Sam, the boy claimed to have accompanied Morgan as a menial worker. The Sharp family employed the youth on their farm for several years. It was reported that he was killed in Detroit, Michigan, after leaving Ohio.
Lieutenant Smith W. Fisk, Company K, 9th Michigan Volunteer Cavalry, was severely injured when the Confederates put up a rearguard defense. The lieutenant and the other casualties were carried to the Sharp home, which stood along the Salineville-Carrollton Road (SR 39) several hundred feet from here, The Sharp family cared for Fisk until his wife arrived from Coldwater, Michigan.
A native of Alabama, John Hunt Morgan was working as a businessman in Kentucky at the start of the Civil War. He was immediately commissioned as a captain in the Confederate cavalry. Named a brigadier general in 1862, he was given an entire cavalry division and quickly gained fame conducting numerous raids behind enemy lines.
Next marker, Gavers, is 18.9 miles away.
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 26, 1863.
Location. 40° 37.231′ N, 80° 54.093′ W. Marker is near Salineville, Ohio, in Carroll County. Marker is on Salineville Road NE (Ohio Route 39) 0.2 miles west of Ocean Road NE (County Road 308), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Salineville OH 43945, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Morgan’s Raid (here, next to this marker); West Grove Cemetery (approx. 2.6 miles away); Monroeville-In A Trap (approx. 3˝ miles away); a different marker also named Morgan's Raid (approx. 3.7 miles away); Bergholz Veterans Memorial (approx. 7 miles away); Bergholz Cemetery Veteran's Memorial (approx. 7.3 miles away); a different marker also named Morgan's Raid (approx. 7.3 miles away); Bergholz-Overnight at Nebo (approx. 7.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salineville.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 5, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 557 times since then and 195 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 5, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.