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Cadiz in Harrison County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Georgetown

Fight Or Ride On?

 
 
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By Carl "Skip" Roos, May 13, 2021
1. Georgetown Marker
Inscription.  Georgetown was usually a quiet place, but as Confederate Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan and about 500 raiders approached shortly before 4 am on July 25, 1863, it was alive with activity,

Morgan's advance brought out a body of more than 1,000 Harrison County militiamen from nearby Cadiz. Led by Judge S. W. Bostwick, the militia was well positioned on a hill southwest of the village. Morgan had to decide whether to fight or ride on. Judge Bostwick sent a scout to Brigadier General James Shackelford, at the head of about 1,200 mounted Union soldiers in nearby New Athens, to advise him that Morgan was approaching Georgetown.

Aware that Shackelford's troops were very close, Morgan decided to bypass the militia position and directed his men to the crest of the Harrisville Ridge along a then-existing road. On reaching the top of the ridge, the Confederates were in full view of Shackelford's troops, then at Hammond Crossroads.

Shackelford knew his men were exhausted and that they could not reach Morgan in time. He therefore directed his artillery to fire on the Confederates. Although two raiders were wounded and some trees

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were felled in the barrage, Morgan and his men rode on and again escaped.

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With Morgan's Raiders in sight but too far away to reach in time, Union Brigadier General Shackleford directed his artillery to fire on the Confederates.
 
Erected by Ohio Civil War Trail Commission, Civil War 150 Ohio, Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 45.)
 
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 25, 1863.
 
Location. 40° 12.452′ N, 80° 55.239′ W. Marker is in Cadiz, Ohio, in Harrison County. Marker is at the intersection of Cadiz-Harrisville Road (U.S. 250) and Branson Road, on the right when traveling south on Cadiz-Harrisville Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cadiz OH 43907, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Morgan's Raid (approx. 2.4 miles away); Harrisville (approx. 2˝ miles away); New Athens, Ohio (approx. 4.2 miles away); Franklin College / Cornerstone of Civil Rights (approx. 4.2 miles away); Cadiz G.A.R. Memorial (approx. 5.6 miles away); Clark Gable (approx. 5.8 miles away); Bishop Matthew Simpson

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(approx. 6.1 miles away); Harrison County Congressional Medal of Honorees (approx. 6.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cadiz.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 19, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 18, 2021, by Gregory Roos of Cincinnati, Ohio. This page has been viewed 41 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 18, 2021, by Gregory Roos of Cincinnati, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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