“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Deer Park in Hamilton County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Deer Park

A Courageous Bluff


—John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail —

Deer Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 9, 2017
1. Deer Park Marker
Inscription. While many Ohioans panicked in the path of Confederate Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan's cavalry — hiding their valuables and fleeing their homes — the Schencks and the Thompsons resolved to defend both. During the Civil War this house belonged to farmer John Schenck and his wife, Amelia. They lived here with their six children, a female house servant, and, at the time of Morgan's Raid, also provided refuge for escaped Kentucky slaves John Henry Thompson, his wife and his five children.

Around 5 am July 14, 1863, a group of Morgan's advance guard arrived looking for horses and food. A Schenck woman, disguised in nurse's garb, greeted the soldiers at the door. When the raiders demanded food, she offered to feed them outdoors, warning that a child was sick with the smallpox and was quarantined to the parlor. Seeing the front door covered with a sheet and the shutters closed, the raiders believed the ruse.

Morgan himself later rested at the Schenck farm to wait on his troopers en route from Reading. The general and his staff sat outside while the Schenck women served them breakfast When the Raiders rode off thirty minutes later, they remained ignorant of the Thompsons and two prized horses hidden in the parlor!

A Famous Family
John Thompson and his wife, Clara
Deer Park Marker & the Schenck House. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 9, 2017
2. Deer Park Marker & the Schenck House.
Jane, remained at the Schenck farm after the war. Despite the challenges African Americans faced during Reconstruction, four Thompson children attained widespread fame Garland Yancy became an award-winning wood carver. Younger siblings — Aaron Bedford, Priscilla Jane, and Clara Ann — became renowned poets in the early 20th century.

The John Schenck House is private property Please be respectful and remain on the sidewalk.

[Photo captions]
Top left: The Schencks' clever ruse kept Morgan's troopers from entering their home. While the Confederates rested and ate outside, the brave Thompson family and two horses hid in the straw-covered parlor.
Bottom left: John Schenck (1828-1873)
Top right: Poets Clara Ann Thompson (left), Aaron Bedford Thompson (center) and Priscilla Jane Thompson (right)

Text: 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 7.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail in Ohio marker series.
Location. 39° 12.362′ N, 84° 23.777′ W. Marker is in Deer Park, Ohio, in Hamilton County. Marker is on Schenck Avenue east of Lake Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4208 Schenck Avenue, Cincinnati OH 45236, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Blue Ash (approx. 1.7 miles away); Pleasant Ridge - World War One Marker (approx. 2.6 miles away); Evendale (approx. 3.1 miles away); White's Station (approx. 4 miles away); Robert Reily (approx. 4.3 miles away); Sharonville (approx. 4.4 miles away); 12 Mile House (approx. 4.4 miles away); Charlie Henry Rich (approx. 4.6 miles away).
More about this marker. Marker is located at a private residence. Please remain on the sidewalk or street.
Categories. African AmericansWar, 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 158 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 12, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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