Portland in Meigs County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Capture in Columbiana County
Battle of Buﬃngton Island
End of the Longest Raid
Under fire from three directions, Morgan and his troops scrambled for cover by following the River Road upriver in hopes that they could cross at another ford. Confederate Colonel Basil Duke brought up the rear but the beleaguered troops were low on ammunition. Caught in the crossfire, Confederate soldiers were scattered across the fields and the River Road became blocked by overturned wagons. Seeing an opportunity to end the battle, Hobson's cavalry attacked Duke's greatly outnumbered troops and forced them to surrender.
Morgan continued to ride north through numerous eastern Ohio counties, his force reduced to about 600 men, until Union troops and Ohio militia captured him near West Point in Columbiana County on July 26.
Believing that he would be exchanged or paroled, Morgan was surprised to find out that he would be a prisoner at the Ohio Penitentiary in Columbus. Governor David Tod ordered his confinement at the prison to prevent escape and, perhaps, to punish the marauding general as a horse thief.
In order to ensure that Morgan and his officers would not escape from the prisoner of war camps in Ohio, Governor Tod had the raiders jailed at the Ohio Penitentiary for "safekeeping". They were taken to their cells
Top left newspaper clip: Newspapers quickly announced the capture of the infamous John Hunt Morgan.
Bottom left: After failing again to bluff his way out, General Morgan was forced to surrender the remnants of his raiders.
Top right: The autograph book signed by the officers while at the Ohio Penitentiary.
Erected by the Ohio Historical Society.
Location. 39° 0.139′ N, 81° 46.446′ 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. Escape from the Ohio Penitentiary (here, next to this marker); Confusion and Panic (here, next to this marker); Attack from the West (here, next to this marker); Modern Day Buffington Island (here, next to this marker); Surprise Encounter Path of Destruction and Damage (here, next to this marker); 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.
Also see . . . On This Day in History July 26, 1863 - Confederate leader John Hunt Morgan is captured. (Submitted on September 17, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on September 17, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 17, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 80 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 17, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.