Harrison in Hamilton County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Morgan Invades Ohio
— John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail —
The young, battle-scarred troopers who galloped down the dusty streets of Market (today's Harrison Avenue) and Broadway searched the town for horses, feed , provision, saddles, bridles, halters, and boots. Foraging was a necessity for both sides, but some raiders could not resist looting while they were in the Union's backyard. Stealing money, tobacco, and liquor, they also took keepsakes for their families.in the South: ribbons, dresses, veils, skates, and even a birdcage with canaries. Others tied bolts of calico and silk to the pommels of their saddles and let the fabric trail behind. "one man came out," a thirteen-year-old girl noted, "with a whole stock of women's hats, all piled on top of each other on
A Daring Night March
The raiders were exhausted after riding from southern Indiana, but they would not rest that night. Nearly 10,000 Union soldiers lay in wait in southwest Ohio. Furthermore, Morgan''s arch nemesis, Brigadier General Edward Hobson, and his 2,500 Union cavalry trailed by less than a five-hour ride.
Morgan's daring plan was to trick the enemy into thinking that he would attack Cincinnati or Hamilton. The diversion would allow him to slip past these strongholds during the night. His decision resulted in the longest lasting nonstop march of a cavalry division in U.S. history.
Morgan's Raid in Ohio
The Civil War , which most thought would be over quickly, had bogged down into a long fight between the states. Heavy fighting was going on in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and in Vicksburg, Mississippi, when Confederate General John Hunt Morgan brought the war to the Northern home front. Racing through Indiana, he crossed into southwestern Ohio on July 13, 1863, and brought more than 2,000 veteran raiders with him. Their mission in crossing the state was to occupy as many Union troops as possible. Department of the Ohio commander Major General Ambrose Burnside sought to stop Morgan, but that would prove a much harder job than he expected.
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 13, 1863.
Location. 39° 15.718′ N, 84° 49.095′ W. Marker is in Harrison, Ohio, in Hamilton County. Marker is on Harrison Avenue near Walnut Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Harrison OH 45030, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. P.F.C. William B. Baugh, U.S.M.C. (a few steps from this marker); Harrison War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); General John Morgan (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line in Indiana); High Water Mark (about 500 feet away in Indiana); Morgan's Great Raid (approx. 0.4 miles away in Indiana); When the Civil War Came to Indiana (approx. 0.4 miles away in Indiana); Canal Junction (approx. ¾ mile away in Indiana); Morgan's Raiders Enter Ohio (approx. 0.9 miles away in Indiana). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harrison.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 8, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 505 times since then and 169 times this year. Last updated on May 19, 2021, by Gregory Roos of Cincinnati, Ohio. Photos: 1. submitted on May 8, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. 2, 3. submitted on May 9, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.