Portland in Meigs County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
—John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail —
As the sun rose, the valley was so thick with fog that the opposing forces did not realize they had moved to within 50 yards of each other. A sudden breeze swept through, and after staring at each other for a few seconds, the Confederates fired a devastating volley into the Union troops, who were forced to retreat. Major Danie McCook, patriarch of the "Fighting McCooks" who contributed six sons to the war, was mortally wounded in the volley.
Confederate artillery fired on the reorganized and advancing Union troops, who pressed their enemy until the Confederate guns were captured. Duke, who realized how crucial the guns were to his position, made several vain attempts to recapture them. Facing his untenable position, Duke began to withdraw north.
[Map on left]: The Battle of Buffington
[Top right]: The Williamson House served as a temporary field hospital for both Union and Confederate soldiers.
[Bottom right]: Fog obscured the Confederate and Union troop positions until the opposing sides were a mere 50 yards apart. As a result, the opening volley by the Confederate artillery was especially devastating.
Text: Edd Sharp & David L. Mowery
Illustration: Bev Kirk
Erected 2013 by the Ohio Department of Transportation, the Ohio
Marker series. This marker is included in the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail in Ohio marker series.
Location. 38° 59.686′ N, 81° 46.486′ W. Marker is in Portland, Ohio, in Meigs County. Marker is on Ohio River Scenic Highway (Route 124) 0.3 miles south of Old Portland Road (County Road 69), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Ohio River Scenic Highway, Portland OH 45770, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Major Daniel McCook (a few steps from this marker); First Ohio Invasion (approx. half a mile away); The Battle of Buffington Island (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named The Battle of Buffington Island (approx. half a mile away); Buffington Island (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Battle of Buffington Island (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named The Battle of Buffington Island (approx. half a mile away); Surprise Encounter (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portland.
Categories. • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels •
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 82 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 14, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.