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Near McConnelsville in Morgan County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Rokeby Lock

Consequences From Exchange Fire

— John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail —

Rokeby Lock Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Carl "Skip" Roos, May 12, 2021
1. Rokeby Lock Marker
Inscription.  Confederate Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan's approximately 600 raiders arrived in Rokeby Lock late in the morning of July 23, 1863, having crossed the river from Eagleport.

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.
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The militia's cannon shot missed, but they succeeded in blasting a hole in the side of the Meloy barn.

Picture Caption:
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
Rokeby Lock Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Gregory Roos, May 12, 2021
2. Rokeby Lock Marker
(approx. 2.7 miles away); Goins Field (approx. 6.2 miles away); Stewart "Stu" Stevens (approx. 6.2 miles away); Rock Hollow School (approx. 6.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in McConnelsville.
Rokeby Lock Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Gregory Roos, May 12, 2021
3. Rokeby Lock Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on January 23, 2023. It was originally submitted on May 18, 2021, by Gregory Roos of Cincinnati, Ohio. This page has been viewed 481 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 18, 2021, by Gregory Roos of Cincinnati, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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