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Near Madison in Jefferson County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Morgan Targets Versailles

John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail

 
 
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By Tom Bosse, October 14, 2016
1. Morgan Targets Versailles Marker
Inscription. Hurriedly vacating Dupont early Sunday morning, July 12, 1863, General Morgan's 2,000 cavalrymen headed east. A Dupont resident, Thomas Stout, was commandeered as a guide. The raiders passed numerous farms destroying crops and gathering fresh horses.

Along a road which exists today in the Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge, formerly the Jefferson Proving Ground, three stragglers who had stopped for water were captured by two Union officers home on leave. They were taken to Madison where an angry Hoosier mob threatened to lynch the three prisoners.

The main Confederate column reached Bryantsburg from the west and turned north. The unfortunate Mr. Stout, his horse taken by Raiders, was released and walked the 12 miles back to his home.

At this location, Morgan divided his command, sending a section up the old Michigan Road, while the main column continued on the planked Madison Road to Versailles.
 
Erected by Historic Hoosier Hills RC&D. (Marker Number 17.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail in Indiana marker series.
 
Location. 38° 55.594′ N, 85° 21.595′ W. Marker is near Madison, Indiana, in Jefferson County. Marker
Morgan Targets Versailles Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, October 14, 2016
2. Morgan Targets Versailles Marker
is at the intersection of South Old Michigan Road and U.S. 421, on the left when traveling west on South Old Michigan Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Madison IN 47250, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gen. John Morgan's Troops (approx. 7 miles away); Dupont: Fourth Night in Indiana (approx. 8.9 miles away); Morgan's Troops Camped Here (approx. 9 miles away); Morgan's Raid (approx. 9 miles away); O'Brien Corner (approx. 10.3 miles away); Michigan Road (approx. 10.3 miles away); John H. and Sarah Tibbets (approx. 10.6 miles away); Eleutherian College (approx. 10.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 28, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 27, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 154 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 27, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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