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Williamsburg in Clermont County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Williamsburg

Morgan's First Ohio Campsite

 

—John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail —

 
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By Mark Hilton, September 9, 2017
1. Williamsburg Marker
Inscription. About 4 pm on July 14, 1863, Confederate Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan and his raiders stopped in Williamsburg to establish their first campsite in Ohio. Approximately 2,000 cavalrymen remained in the rebel force.

Many of the officers spent the night at the corner of Third and Main streets in the tavern owned by John Wesley Kain. The preparation of meals for 127 raiders kept the tavern staff busy. Morgan stayed in Room 9 of the adjoining Kain House Hotel. While there, he went through the Williamsburg mail that his men had confiscated, looking for cash and news of military importance.

Six of Morgan's officers also slept at the Kain House. Other officers remained with their men. The raiders set up camp east of town along Bethel Road between the East Fork bridge and the hill. A few settled down in town, and others did so in the fields and along the roads to Boston and Batavia.

The raiders' well-earned rest ended with a 3 am reveille. The advance riders were on the road by dawn, and the last of Morgan's men were gone by 8 am.

[Photo caption]: Colonel Basil Duke, a Confederate brigade commander, wrote that they felt comparatively safe in Williamsburg, prompting an overnight stay. Morgan and several officers lodged in the hotel, while the remainder camped in the surrounding area.
Williamsburg Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 9, 2017
2. Williamsburg Marker


Text: Rick Crawford
Illustration: Bev Kirk

 
Erected 2013 by the Ohio Department of Transportation, the Ohio History Connection, and the Ohio Civil War Trail Commission. (Marker Number 11.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail in Ohio marker series.
 
Location. 39° 3.612′ N, 84° 3.843′ W. Marker is in Williamsburg, Ohio, in Clermont County. Marker is on West Main Street (Ohio Route 133) 0.1 miles west of North 8th Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Williamsburg OH 45176, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Charles B. Huber Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); Williamsburg Veterans Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); In Recognition of 200 Years of Freedom and Dedication (approx. 0.3 miles away); Williamsburg Township Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Town Square (approx. half a mile away); Marcus Sims - Huber Tannery Location (approx. 0.8 miles away); Dr. L.T. Pease Home Site (approx. 0.8 miles away); Stepping Stone (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Williamsburg.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
View of marker looking west towards Tollgate Road. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 9, 2017
3. View of marker looking west towards Tollgate Road.
 
 
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 78 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 12, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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