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Senecaville in Guernsey County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Senecaville

Divine Intervention

 

— John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail —

 
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By J. J. Prats, April 10, 2021
1. Senecaville Marker
Inscription.  In July 1963, intelligence on the position of Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan and his Confederate raiders as they rode across southern Ohio was in constant flux. Conflicting reports initially ordered Union Colonel William Wallace of the 15th Ohio Volunteer Infantry to Greenwood Hill at the crossroads near Senecaville, but later told him to move from this strong position before Morgan arrived.

At 3 a.m. on July 24, Morgan’s men rode into Senecaville. According to local legend, Morgan dismounted and, seeking information about the local roads, knocked on the door of a house owned by a milliner.

The milliner’s wife, watching from a window, remembered the pistol left by her husband, an absent Union soldier. Gun raised, she contemplated shooting the general, but she recalled her own spouse in the South and realized the anguish she would feel if he fell victim to someone like her. That empathy with Morgan’s potential widow bridged any political differences, and she replaced the gun in its drawer. Opening the door, she explained to the general how lucky he was to be alive. Morgan, with surprise, gave thanks to his own wife, home
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By J. J. Prats, April 10, 2021
2. Senecaville Marker
The red truck is traveling east on Ohio Route 313, Clay Pike Road.
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in Tennessee. Surely Mrs. Morgan had been praying for his safety at that exact moment!

Text by Tom Snyder, Illustrations by Bev Kirk.
 
Erected by Ohio Civil War Trails, Civil War 150 Ohio, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 40.)
 
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 23, 1963.
 
Location. 39° 55.906′ N, 81° 27.741′ W. Marker is in Senecaville, Ohio, in Guernsey County. Marker is at the intersection of South High Street / Wintergreen Road (Ohio Route 285) and Clay Pike Road (Ohio Route 313), on the left when traveling south on South High Street / Wintergreen Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Senecaville OH 43780, 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. Lore City (approx. 3.7 miles away); Lore City Honor Roll (approx. 3.7 miles away); Eisenhower Interstate System (approx. 3.8 miles away); a different marker also named Eisenhower Interstate System (approx. 3.8 miles away); Wreck of the Shenandoah (approx. 3.8 miles away); a different marker also named Wreck of the Shenandoah
Senecaville Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 10, 2021
3. Senecaville Marker
This view is north. On the left is Ohio Route 285, South High Street
(approx. 4 miles away); Peacock Road (approx. 6.9 miles away); The Bodies of Three Confederate Cavalrymen (approx. 7.3 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This interpretive panel has two illustrations captioned as follows
  1. According to local legend, a Senecaville milliner’s wife contemplated shooting General Morgan with a pistol left by her husband, then away in the military.
  2. After reflecting on her own husband’s welfare and the grief Morgan’s death would cause, the woman had second thoughts and shared them with the general.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 16, 2021, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 16, 2021, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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