Near Vernon in Jennings County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Morgan is Forced to Turn Back,
First and Only Time in Indiana
— John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail —
Early Saturday morning, July 11, General Morgan and his raiders followed the roads northward from Lexington toward Vernon. At Vernon, Morgan demanded the surrender of the town, but was rebuffed. The Home Guard commander responded that the town was swarming with troops, and that it was Morgan who should capitulate. No agreement was reached and a message was sent to Morgan asking for a two-hour delay - time needed for the women and children to be removed. During the lull, additional Federal troops arrived in North Vernon, raising the total to approximately 2,000. Morgan, already aware of the pursuing Union cavalry, learned of the reinforcements to the north and realized he was in a precarious situation.
As darkness fell, Morgan retreated toward Dupont, to the southeast. General Lew Wallace and 1,300 men arrived in North Vernon at 9 p.m. Wallace set up headquarters in a red brick house (still standing) at the southwest corner of Vernon Square. The incident at Vernon would represent the only time that Morgan was stopped and turned back in Indiana.
As Morgan fell back toward Dupont, an incident occurred in Vernon to become
Erected by Historic Hoosier Hills RC&D. (Marker Number 15.)
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 Indiana series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 11, 1863.
Location. 38° 58.75′ N, 85° 36.35′ W. Marker is near Vernon, Indiana, in Jennings County. Marker is on State Road 3, 0.1 miles south of State Road 7, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: North Vernon IN 47265, 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. Jennings County Veterans Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Jonathan Jennings (approx. 0.4 miles away); Morgan's Raid (approx. 0.4 miles away); New Survey Markers Set (approx. 0.4 miles away); Vernon Historic DistrictMuscatatuck Park (approx. one mile away); Pat O’Connor (approx. 2.7 miles away); Hannah Milhous Nixon (approx. 6.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vernon.
Also see . . .
1. John Hunt Morgan. American Battlefield Trust website entry (Submitted on November 19, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
2. Lewis “Lew” Wallace. American Battlefield Trust website entry (Submitted on November 19, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
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