West Grove Cemetery
A Running Fight
Shielded by Colonel Leroy Cluke's rear guard, Morgan's main column rode southwestward cross-country to avoid the trap set by Union infantry at Salineville and Union cavalry north of Monroeville. Attempting to head off Morgan, Major William B. Way's 9th Michigan Cavalry retraced its steps through Monroeville before turning west on Opal Road. Way's troopers caught up with Cluke at West Grove Cemetery. After a spirited running fight, three Confederates were seriously wounded and were left behind. The rest of the rear guard retreated northwest toward Norristown, following a different route than Morgan's column.
Union cavalrymen carried wounded Confederates to the porch of the nearby John Moore farmhouse, where two died from their injuries. They were buried
Morgan had started his raid with several thousand raiders. By the time they reached Jefferson County, his command had dwindled to several hundred. They were exhausted from riding hundreds of miles with few opportunities for sound sleep or regular provisions since leaving Confederate lines.
Erected by Ohio Civil War Trail Commission, Civil War 150 Ohio, Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 53.)
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° 35.918′ N, 80° 51.713′ W. Marker is near Salineville, Ohio, in Carroll County. Marker is on Opal
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Monroeville-In A Trap (approx. 1.1 miles away); Morgan's Raid (approx. 1.2 miles away); a different marker also named Morgan’s Raid (approx. 2.6 miles away); Salineville (approx. 2.6 miles away); Bergholz Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.6 miles away); Mooretown Soldiers Monument (approx. 5.6 miles away); Civil War Monument (approx. 5.6 miles away); a different marker also named Morgan's Raid (approx. 6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salineville.
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 50 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 18, 2021, by Gregory Roos of Cincinnati, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.