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Near Pomeroy in Meigs County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Salisbury Township

The Gauntlet

 

—John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail —

 
Salisbury Township Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 9, 2017
1. Salisbury Township Marker
Inscription. Upon approaching the road to Pomeroy just before noon on July 18, 1863, Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan and his Confederate raiders faced a major challenge. Colonel Adam Johnson's detachment, which had been sent south to investigate a river crossing at Middleport, were briefly engaged in a skirmish with Union forces at Bradbury Hill. Morgan assisted Johnson, consolidated his forces, and turned north.

Morgan's Raiders ran into a five-mile-long natural valley whose walls were manned by local militia and men from the 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Future presidents Rutherford B. Hayes and William McKinley Jr. were members of the 23rd OVI. The valley created a natural gauntlet, and the placement of the Union forces forced Morgan and his men to ride through it.

Morgan's men had to shoot while galloping and, at times, dismount and return fire in order to chase the attackers away. Morgan and his men were under almost constant fire the length of the valley, and many were wounded or killed during the ride.

[Photo captions]
Top left: The ride through a valley lined with Union regulars and militia was, according to Confederate Colonel Basil Duke, "one continual fight."
Bottom left: Forty-six-year-old Brigadier General Eliakim P. Scammon was a West Point graduate, a topographical
View of marker looking east on Laurel Cliff Road. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 9, 2017
2. View of marker looking east on Laurel Cliff Road.
engineer, and a former Cincinnati school teacher. During Morgan's Raid, Scammon skillfully directed the Union militia and regular army troops defending Pomeroy and Gallipolis.


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 20.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail in Ohio marker series.
 
Location. 39° 3.129′ N, 82° 2.29′ W. Marker is near Pomeroy, Ohio, in Meigs County. Marker is at the intersection of Burdette Road and Laurel Cliff Road, on the right when traveling north on Burdette Road. Touch for map. Located near the Laurel Cliff Free Methodist Church. Marker is at or near this postal address: 40792 Laurel Cliff Road, Pomeroy OH 45769, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Morgan's Raid Route (approx. 1.3 miles away); Rock Springs (approx. 1.3 miles away); Meigs County Fairgrounds (approx. 1.4 miles away); Valentine Baxter Horton (approx.
View from marker, across Burdette Road, at nearby Laurel Cliff Methodist Church. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 9, 2017
3. View from marker, across Burdette Road, at nearby Laurel Cliff Methodist Church.
1.7 miles away); George Sumner Huntington (approx. 1.7 miles away); Meigs County Civil War Memorial (approx. 1.7 miles away); Spanish Cannon (approx. 1.7 miles away); Morgan's Raid Route / Meigs County Courthouse (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pomeroy.
 
Categories. Natural FeaturesWar, US Civil
 
General John Hunt Morgan image. Click for full size.
By Public domain
4. General John Hunt Morgan
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 14, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 14, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 14, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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