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Blue Ash in Hamilton County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Blue Ash

“You Can't Stop an Army”

 

—John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail —

 
Blue Ash Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 9, 2017
1. Blue Ash Marker
Inscription. On the morning of July 14, 1863, John Craig Hunt and his ten-year-old son, Wilson, watched from their Blue Ash farmhouse as Confederate raiders led six horses from the barn. When the boy asked his father about his intentions, the father replied, "There's not much that I can do. You can't stop an army!"

Confederate Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan's cavalry had separated into groups of between two and twenty men in search of food, water, and fresh horses. Eight hours later, Union Brigadier General Edward Hobson's forces arrived in Blue Ash to forage for new mounts. To their dismay, the new arrivals discovered that Morgan's men had confiscated nearly all useful horses within a three-mile radius.

The Raiders Throw Out a Net
Morgan had sent his troopers on multiple routes from Sharonville to conceal their crossing of the Little W. Duke's 1st Brigade marched southeast toward Road, and Zig Zag Road. To screen his left flank, Sharonville along the wagon paths now known Miami River and to maximize foraging. Colonel Basil Montgomery by way of Creek Road, Glendale-Milford Duke sent large detachments northeast from as Lebanon Road, Kemper Road, and Cornell Road. Morgan led the other column, composed of Colonel Adam "Stovepipe" Johnson's 2nd Brigade, along Reading Pike and Cooper Road to Carpenter's Run Schoolhouse, then south on Plainfield Turnpike through East Sycamore (now Rossmoyne) to the rendezvous at Montgomery.

Morgan's Great Raid
Modern historians have listed Morgan's Indiana-Ohio Raid as among the top 20 in world history. Though Morgan's "Great"
Blue Ash Marker and Historic Hunt House (Circa 1861) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 9, 2017
2. Blue Ash Marker and Historic Hunt House (Circa 1861)
Raid did not affect the outcome of the Civil War, it set a significant precedent. The German Blitzkrieg of World War II and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 extrapolated from the "lightning war" tactics of John Hunt Morgan.

Morgan's Raid counts among the longest raids in the Civil War and reached the farthest north of any Confederate force from the contiguous southern states. The raid included the longest nonstop cavalry march in American military history (85 miles in 35 hours, from Sunman, Indiana, to Williamsburg, Ohio). Finally it was the largest military action of the Civil War in Indiana and Ohio.

[Photo captions]
Top left: John Craig Hunt and his young son watched helplessly from an upstairs window of their home as some of Morgan's Raiders took six of their horses. The Hunts would recover only two of the animals.
Middle left: John Craig Hunt and his wife, Eliza Bowen Hunt
During their ride around Cincinnati, Morgan's cavalrymen confiscated one of Jonathan T. Conklin's horses. Ohio government later offered Conklin $125 in reparation.
Bottom left: As Confederate Colonel Duke's brigade marched by Archibald Johnston's house on the morning of July 14, the raiders confiscated a horse from his father's nearby stable.

Text: Stephen Kelley & David L. Mowery
Illustrations: Bev Kirk

 
Erected 2013 by the Ohio Department of Transportation, the Ohio History Connection, and the Ohio Civil War Trail Commission. (Marker Number 6.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail in Ohio
The Hunt House (circa 1861), one of Blue Ash’s oldest residential structures. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 9, 2017
3. The Hunt House (circa 1861), one of Blue Ash’s oldest residential structures.
marker series.
 
Location. 39° 13.774′ N, 84° 23.449′ W. Marker is in Blue Ash, Ohio, in Hamilton County. Marker is on Hunt Road south of Tramwood Court when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4364 Hunt Road, Cincinnati OH 45242, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Deer Park (approx. 1.7 miles away); Evendale (approx. 2.1 miles away); Sharonville (approx. 2.9 miles away); 12 Mile House (approx. 2.9 miles away); Tucker's Station (approx. 3.9 miles away); Pleasant Ridge - World War One Marker (approx. 4 miles away); Little Miami Railroad (approx. 4.3 miles away); Robert Reily (approx. 4.4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  City of Blue Ash - The Hunt House. (Submitted on September 12, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. AnimalsWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 13, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 12, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 71 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 12, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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