Old Washington in Guernsey County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Rebel Respite Cut Short
— John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail —
The billowing smoke rising from nearby Campbell's Station had alerted residents of the Confederates' approach. In alarm, they removed money from the Guernsey County Bank and sent it to Wheeling. While the fear-gripped citizens took refuge in their cellars and behind locked doors, a local Presbyterian minister, William Ferguson, stood at these crossroads, waving a white handkerchief. Begging the raiders to spare the community, Ferguson was assured by Morgan that his men required only food and fresh horses.
Morgan and several officers entered the American Hotel and compelled the owner, James Smith, to provide a hot meal. The men collapsed, exhausted, in the hotel bedrooms. Many of the raiders spread out through town, looking for food or a bed, some even sleeping in the streets. One group emptied the Lawrence Store of a variety of goods.
Brigadier General James M. Shackelford and his Union cavalry arrived on the cemetery hill just south of town
Erected 2013 by the Ohio Department of Transportation, the Ohio History Connection, and the Ohio Civil War Trail Commission. (Marker Number 42.)
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 24, 1863.
Location. 40° 2.247′ N, 81° 26.709′ W. Marker is in Old Washington, Ohio, in Guernsey County. Marker is at the intersection of Old Mill Road and Morgan Way (Highway 40), on the right when traveling west on Old Mill Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Old Washington OH 43768, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Morgan’s Raid in Old Washington (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Bodies of Three Confederate Cavalrymen (about 400 feet away); Morgan’s Raiders (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Old Washington (approx. ¼ mile away); Eisenhower Interstate System (approx. Peacock Road (approx. 3.1 miles away); Lore City Honor Roll (approx. 3.7 miles away); Lore City (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Old Washington.
Regarding Old Washington. This is one of 56 markers placed along the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail in Ohio, tracing a 557-mile route within the state.
Also see . . . Morgan Raid Driving Tour. Ohio History Connection (Submitted on February 12, 2016, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
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