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

Portland

Edge of the Woods

 

—John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail —

 
Portland Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 9, 2017
1. Portland Marker
Inscription. Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan and about 1,900 Confederate raiders arrived in the Ohio River Valley near Portland late in the evening of July 18, 1863. He established his headquarters in the Middleswart House, which stood on the rise directly east of you.

When Morgan's men scouted the ford, they reported that an earthen redoubt (defensive barrier) overlooked it and that an unknown force, with artillery manned it. They also discovered that the river depth was higher than usual which meant it would not be easy to cross. Due to the lateness of the day and the uncertain guard at the ford, Morgan decided to wait until first light to test the redoubt position.

Morgan ordered his men to set up camp and positioned Byrne's battery of artillery on a hill to the south, ready to support a morning assault on the redoubt. Half of the Confederate force under Colonel Basil Duke camped to the south, and the remainder, led by Colonel Adam Johnson, camped in this immediate area. They all settled down to a well-deserved rest.

[Photo caption]: Morgan and his raiders camped on the banks of the Ohio River near Portland to await the dawn of a new day.

Text: Edd Sharp
Illustration: Bev Kirk

 
Erected 2013 by the Ohio Department
The view east towards rise where Middleswart House formerly stood. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 9, 2017
2. The view east towards rise where Middleswart House formerly stood.
of Transportation, the Ohio History Connection, and the Ohio Civil War Trail Commission. (Marker Number 24.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail in Ohio marker series.
 
Location. 39° 0.795′ N, 81° 46.631′ W. Marker is in Portland, Ohio, in Meigs County. Marker is on Bald Knob-Stiversville Road (County Road 31) 0.2 miles west of Ohio River Scenic Byway (State Route 124), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 53969 Co Hwy 31, Portland OH 45770, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. North End Valley (approx. 0.6 miles away); In Grateful Remembrance (approx. ¾ mile away); Battle of Buffington Island (approx. 0.8 miles away); Escape from the Ohio Penitentiary (approx. 0.8 miles away); Capture in Columbiana County (approx. 0.8 miles away); Path of Destruction and Damage (approx. 0.8 miles away); Attack from the West (approx. 0.8 miles away); Confusion and Panic (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portland.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The view south where artillery was set up. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 9, 2017
3. The view south where artillery was set up.
 
 
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. submitted on September 14, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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