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

Evendale

Morgan's Raiders Spread Out from Sharonville

 

—John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail —

 
Evendale Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 9, 2017
1. Evendale Marker
Inscription. More than a week after the Confederate defeat at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, nearly 2,000 rebel soldiers remained on Northern soil. In the early morning of July 14, 1863, the crack Confederate cavalry division of Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan rode south and east through Evendale, separating into small squads to forage for food, horses, and other provisions. Civilians described Morgan's men as "un-uniformed, many of them having linen dusters over their coats." Some raiders carried new repeating rifles, while others had sabers and revolvers. To the locals, "the men appeared very much fatigued, and pushed on rapidly."

Union Cavalry Chases Morgan's Raiders
Riding on the heels of Morgan's men, Brigadier General Edward H. Hobson's Union troopers arrived in the mid-afternoon. Like Morgan's cavalry, Hobson's soldiers took whatever horses and supplies they needed. Plenty of water and home-cooked food patriotically provided by local residents. Learning from citizens that the Confederates had passed through at dawn, Hobson realized that his men would need every ounce of energy and determination to catch up with Morgan.

Confederate Foraging
A small group of Morgan's Raiders quenched their thirst and watered their horses at George Brown's lower springhouse. They rode away with two
Evendale Marker looking west towards heritage farm entrance. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 9, 2017
2. Evendale Marker looking west towards heritage farm entrance.
horses from Brown's barn. Brown later recovered one of his horses after it had been ridden hard and discarded as damaged. Although the 8th Kentucky (U.S.) Cavalry retrieved the other horse, the soldiers never returned it.

[Photo captions]
Left map: To maximize foraging operations, Morgan's Raiders took several routes through Sycamore Township. Morgan's men confiscated horses and other items from at least ten farms (here highlighted) within present-day Evendale. The timeline of Confederate maneuvers on July 14, 1863:
(1) 2:30-5:30 am Morgan's Division marches to Sharonville;
(2) 4:30-6:30 am Colonel Duke's brigade, guarding the wagon train, takes the direct route to Montgomery;
(3) 3:30-6 am General Morgan rides with Colonel Johnson's brigade toward Reading;
(4) 5-7 am Morgan and Johnson's men pass through East Sycamore (today's Rossmoyne).

Top right: Morgan's Raiders foraged the George Brown Farm at dawn on July 14, 1863. The 1835 Brown home and barn are preserved within the Gorman Heritage Farm at the end of the trail leading east from here.

Text: David L. Mowery and Dutch Speidel
Map and Illustration: Bev Kirk

 
Erected 2013 by the Ohio Department of Transportation, the Ohio History Connection, and the Ohio Civil War Trail Commission.
Evendale Marker on left, in front of black car. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 9, 2017
3. Evendale Marker on left, in front of black car.
(Marker Number 5.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail in Ohio marker series.
 
Location. 39° 14.71′ N, 84° 25.502′ W. Marker is in Evendale, Ohio, in Hamilton County. Marker is on Gorman Heritage Farm Lane east of Reading Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Located at the Gorman Heritage Farm. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10052 Reading Road, Cincinnati OH 45241, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sharonville (approx. 1.7 miles away); 12 Mile House (approx. 1.7 miles away); Tucker's Station (approx. 1.8 miles away); Blue Ash (approx. 2.1 miles away); Village of Glendale (approx. 2˝ miles away); Glendale (approx. 2.6 miles away); First Children's International Summer Village (approx. 2.6 miles away); Robert Reily (approx. 2.8 miles away).
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Entrance sign to the Gorman Heritage 100 acre farm. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 9, 2017
4. Entrance sign to the Gorman Heritage 100 acre farm.
 
 
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 76 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 12, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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