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Old Washington in Guernsey County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Morganís Raid in Old Washington

 
 
Morganís Raid on Old Washington Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 15, 2007
1. Morganís Raid on Old Washington Marker
Inscription. On July 23, 1863, General John Hunt Morgan entered Guernsey County with 600 Confederate cavalrymen, the remnant of a 2,000-man diversionary raiding force that had traversed Kentucky, Indiana, and southern Ohio. Morganís forces halted in Old Washington on the morning of July 24 for rest and provisions. Three pursuing Union cavalry units under Brigadier General James M. Shackelford (1st and 3rd Kentucky, 14th Illinois) assembled on Cemetery Hill to the south and began firing on the Confederates in town. The raiders returned fire. In the exchange three Confederates were killed and several wounded. Eight were captured. Outflanked, Morgan proceeded northeast to Columbiana County, where he surrendered two days later. The three Confederate casualties are interred in the cemetery behind this site.
 
Erected 2002 by The Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, the village of Old Washington, and the Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 4-30.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 40° 2.217′ N, 81° 26.65′ W. Marker is in Old Washington, Ohio, in Guernsey County. Marker is on Morgan Way (U.S. 40)
Morganís Raid on Old Washington Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 15, 2007
2. Morganís Raid on Old Washington Marker
near Exit 186 North (Interstate 70), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. From the interstate, make the first turn right to climb up Cemetery hill. Marker is in this post office area: Lore City OH 43755, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Bodies of Three Confederate Cavalrymen (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Washington (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Morganís Raiders (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Old Washington (approx. 0.2 miles away); Peacock Road (approx. 3.1 miles away); “S” Bridge (approx. 3.8 miles away); The Scottish Rite in Ohio (approx. 7.6 miles away); Dr. Charles E. Jefferson (approx. 7.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Old Washington.
 
More about this marker. Marker is across the road from the cemetery. From this point on the hill Federal troops fired on the Confederates in town. A stone marker in the cemetery marks the graves of the Confederates.
 
Regarding Morganís Raid in Old Washington. Washington was a prominent town on the National Road, and then on U.S. 40. Bypassed by the interstate highway, it has faded, and no longer has shops or a post office.
 
Also see . . .
Prominent Building in Old Washington image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 15, 2007
3. Prominent Building in Old Washington
 Morganís Raid. Summary of the raid from Ohio History Central. (Submitted on May 20, 2007.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Old Washington Entrance Sign image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Abel
4. Old Washington Entrance Sign
Signs at the entrance to Old Washington note the skirmish.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 20, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,529 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 20, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   4. submitted on September 16, 2010, by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio.
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