Consequences From Exchange Fire
One column of raiders, led by Morgan himself, used a ferryboat to land near the Unity Farm Tavern on the hill upriver from the dam and lock. Someone in the tavern fired at the Confederates and shots were returned. Morgan and some officers entered the tavern and helped themselves to the liquor. Morgan ordered, "Don't leave good whiskey for the damn Yankees!"
Morgan's other column arrived in Rokeby Lock after wading across the ford near the McElhiney Farm (known as "Morgan's Raid Farm"). A group of young boys and farmers fired their rifles at the advancing Confederates, killing Private Thomas Milton McGee, 2nd Kentucky Cavalry.
The Confederates tied their dead comrade to a horse and rode up McElhiney Hollow from Rokeby Lock. They buried McGee in the hollow, carving his name and the date on a rock (now at the Morgan County Historical Society). Union militia arrived from Marietta on a sternwheeler and fired a cannon at the Confederates. The militia's
As the Confederates forded the river, an informal group of farmers fired on them from McElhiney Hollow, killing one of the raiders. The man was quickly buried in the hollow, and a tombstone was fabricated from a nearby rock.
Erected by Ohio Civil War Trail Commission, Civil War 150 Ohio, Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 38.)
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, 1863.
Location. 39° 44.026′ N, 81° 54.503′ W. Marker is near McConnelsville, Ohio, in Morgan County. Marker can be reached from South Main Street (Ohio Route 60), on the left when traveling north. At the Muskingum River Lock and Dam Number. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: McConnelsville OH 43756, 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. Muskingum River Navigation System (here, next to this marker); Morgan's Raid (within shouting distance of this marker); Eagleport (approx. 0.4 miles away); Morgan Raiders (approx. half a mile away); Deerfield Township (approx.
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