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Locust Grove in Adams County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Locust Grove

Abandoned to the Rebels

 

—John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail —

 
Locust Grove Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 9, 2017
1. Locust Grove Marker
Inscription. On the night of July 15, 1863, Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan and his Confederate raiders set up camp along a seven-mile stretch between the villages of Jacksonville and Locust Grove. The following morning, General Morgan rode into Locust Grove and ate breakfast while there.

A local resident, Edward L. Hughes, offered to guide the Confederate troops eastward in exchange for his two horses earlier confiscated by the raiders. He led them as far as Jackson, Ohio, and was later tried in a civil court for treason against the U.S.government.

A short distance south of Locust Grove stands the historic Wickerham Inn, built by Peter Wickerham. His grandson, Peter Noah Wickerham, later wrote that on the morning of July 16, 1863, he witnessed that "my grandfather's brick house — an old tenement — was abandoned to the rebels; clusters of them were still sleeping on the floor."

Wickerham Inn
Urban C. Cannon founded Locust Grove on Zane's Trace in 1830 and ran a wayside inn here. Peter Wickerham, a Revolutionary War veteran, erected a similar establishment in 1802 to the south of the village, the Wickerham Inn.

[Photo captions]
Top left: Wickerham Inn was temporarily abandoned to the rebels, who took advantage of the opportunity to rest out of
The Wickersham Inn - located 1.5 miles south of this marker on OH-41. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 9, 2017
2. The Wickersham Inn - located 1.5 miles south of this marker on OH-41.
the hot summer sun.

Bottom left: Locust Grove is the hometown of Medal of Honor recipient Lieutenant William H. Reddick, a member of the famous Andrews Railroad Raid during the Civil War.
Right of above: Locust Grove was the birthplace of John A. Cockerill, an internationally recognized newspaper reporter and editor of American newspapers. As a private in the Union army, he was with Brigadier General Edward Hobson's cavalry as they pursued Morgan's Raiders through southern Ohio.
Top Right: A silent witness to Morgan's Raid, Wickerham Inn still stands south of Locust Grove.


Text: Stephen Kelley
Illustration: Bev Kirk

 
Erected 2013 by the Ohio Department of Transportation, the Ohio History Connection, and the Ohio Civil War Trail Commission. (Marker Number 14.)
 
Location. 38° 59.293′ N, 83° 22.666′ W. Marker is in Locust Grove, Ohio, in Adams County. Marker is on Ohio Route 73 near Ohio Route 41, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 29699 OH-73, Peebles OH 45660, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wickerham Inn (approx. 1.5
Locust Grove Marker to right of building. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 9, 2017
3. Locust Grove Marker to right of building.
miles away); Peebles (approx. 2.9 miles away); Seaman (approx. 10.9 miles away).
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsWar, US Civil
 
View from marker looking north on State Highway 41. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 9, 2017
4. View from marker looking north on State Highway 41.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 13, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 13, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 52 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 13, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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