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

Sharonville

“The Greatest Excitement That I Ever Seen”

 

—John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail —

 
Sharonville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 9, 2017
1. Sharonville Marker
Inscription. Around 3 am on July 14, 1863, more than 2,000 grimy hard-looking, heavily armed cavalrymen, most without uniforms plodded toward Main Street from the west. Confederate Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan's Raiders had arrived.

Many of the soldiers fell out of their saddles to search for refreshments and new horses. David Hulse, a local farmer described the scene in a letter he wrote five days later to his brother:

  Every inhabitant was immediately aroused but to find the Enemy in their midst...allready in their stables, Stores, and kitchens. Owners hurried, only to their discomfort to be compelled to bridle their own horses for the Enemy, and hand out ready made clothing, tobacco, sugar, Coffee, & c ... Women were compelled to bring forth all of their cooked provisions. They were about four hours passing through.

Seven hours later, the pursuing Union cavalry came to town They were "equally as hungry" as Morgan's men, Hulse recalled but they "had the disadvantage by following in the rear. They pressed many horses, but in this, they had a fearfull disadvantage, as the choice horses ware gone, they had to even take some which the Enemy had left ... The Morgan raid created the greatest excitement that I ever seen."

Morgan and the "Copperhead"
Morgan and his staff
Sharonville Marker on side of 12 Mile House. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 9, 2017
2. Sharonville Marker on side of 12 Mile House.
visited the Twelve Mile House, a tavern kept by a southern sympathizer, often known as a "Copperhead," Christopher Myer. Myer honored his guests with a good bottle of brandy. Before leaving, the officers paid Myer $200 in U.S. greenbacks, but confiscated his horse and four boxes of cigars. Later, it was reported "no one so heartily abused Morgan — after he was gone — as Myer."

[Photo captions]
Top left: Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan and his brigade commanders, Colonel Basil Duke and Colonel Adam Johnson, met at the Twelve Mile House (Sharon Hotel) to plan their march to Montgomery.
Top right: Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan,
"Thunderbolt of the Confederacy"


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 4.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail in Ohio marker series.
 
Location. 39° 16.108′ N, 84° 24.775′ W. Marker is in Sharonville, Ohio, in Hamilton County. Marker is at the intersection of Sharon Road and Reading Road, on the left when traveling
View of marker looking south on Reading Road. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 9, 2017
3. View of marker looking south on Reading Road.
east on Sharon Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11006 Reading Road, Cincinnati OH 45241, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 12 Mile House (a few steps from this marker); Evendale (approx. 1.7 miles away); Tucker's Station (approx. 2.1 miles away); Village of Glendale (approx. 2.5 miles away); Glendale (approx. 2.5 miles away); First Children's International Summer Village (approx. 2.5 miles away); Blue Ash (approx. 2.9 miles away); Robert Reily (approx. 4.3 miles away).
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The 12 Mile House (Sharon Hotel). image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 9, 2017
4. The 12 Mile House (Sharon Hotel).
 
 
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 72 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 12, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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