Portland in Meigs County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Path of Destruction and Damage
Battle of Buﬃngton Island
Morgan's prime objective was striking fear in the civilian population. Along the route of the raid, Morgan's men took horses and provisions, destroyed property, and pillaged items from homes and businesses. Arriving at Buffington Island, Morgan and over 2,000 raiders had acquired a long train of wagons filled with raided booty. According to a Cincinnati Gazette reporter who had come upriver with the gunboats, "On the battlefield of Buffington Island, one could pick up almost any article in the dry goods, hardware, house furnishing or ladies' or gentlemen's furnishing — linen, hats, boots, gloves, knives, forks, spoons, calico, ribbons, drinking cups, buggies, carriages, a circus wagon, and an almost endless variety of articles useful and all more or less valuable."
Top right chart: Claims Against the Union - During the pursuit, Union soldiers also needed fresh horses and provisions. Additionally, claims were filed for "damages by Union forces, NOT under command of United States officers."
Bottom right map - Broken down by county, this map documents the damage claims from the time Morgan and his men entered Ohio until the Battle of Buffington Island.
Erected by the Ohio Historical Society.
Location. 39° 0.138′ N, 81° 46.448′ W. Marker is in Portland, Ohio, in Meigs County. Marker can be reached from Ohio River Scenic Byway (Ohio Route 124) south of New Portland Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located within the Buffington Island Battlefield Memorial Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 56998 OH-124, Portland OH 45770, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Attack from the West (here, next to this marker); Surprise Encounter (here, next to this marker); Capture in Columbiana County (here, next to this marker); Escape from the Ohio Penitentiary (here, next to this marker); Buffington Island (here, next to this marker); Confusion and Panic (here, next to this marker); Modern Day Buffington Island (here, next to this marker); The Battle of Buffington Island (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portland.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on September 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 16, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 89 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 16, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.