Wilkesville in Vinton County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
An All-Too-Brief Rest
—John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail —
Morgan always sought out the best hotel or house in a community to use as his headquarters. This time he requisitioned the home of local physician Dr. William Cline, who was an ardent abolitionist known to assist runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad. The doctor's wife, Ruth Virginia Althar, was reported to be Morgan's first cousin.
Morgan readied his command to move out in a few hours and then retired for a brief rest. It has been rumored that Morgan's African American valet escaped with the general's wallet while he slept. When Morgan awoke, there was little time to search as his Union pursuers drew closer by the minute.
The Confederates started to move out around 3 am on July 18 and headed for the ford at Buffington Island to cross back into friendly territory. As they left town, Morgan further divided his force, sending one company north toward Harrisonville and another south to Danville. The main group headed east, aiming to eventually reach Middleport on the Ohio River.
Skirmish at Cheshire
After the Battle of
[Photo caption]: General Morgan reportedly found a familiar face at the Cline House near Wilkesville.
Text: Edd Sharp & David L. Mowery
Illustration: Bev Kirk
Erected 2013 by the Ohio Department of Transportation, the Ohio History Connection, and the Ohio Civil War Trail Commission. (Marker Number 19.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail in Ohio marker series.
Location. 39° 4.464′ N, 82° 19.585′ W. Marker is in Wilkesville, Ohio, in Vinton County. Marker is on South Mill Street (Ohio Route 160) south of Main Street (Ohio Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 South Mill Street, Wilkesville OH 45695, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Morgan's Raid in Vinton County (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Henry Duc and the Defenders of Our Country (about 700 feet away); Ewington Academy (approx. 4.7 miles away); Morgan's Raid (approx. 6.8 miles away); Stockyard (approx. 7.1 miles away); Stock Shed (approx. 7.1 miles away); Scales (approx. 7.2 miles away); Buckeye Furnace (approx. 7.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilkesville.
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels •
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