West Harrison in Dearborn County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
When the Civil War Came to Indiana
—John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail —
Ferocious battles had been fought in Virginia at places like Gaines' Mill, Malvern Hill, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville, but slowly the stalemate was sapping the South of its vital manpower. In a bold campaign to take the war again onto Northern soil, Lee advanced his army into Pennsylvania. The three-day battle at Gettysburg would result in a decisive Confederate loss.
In the West, Union armies experienced numerous successes. They had repulsed a surprise Confederate attack at Shiloh, Tennessee, and stopped Confederate Braxton Bragg's Kentucky invasion at Perryville. Almost all of the Mississippi River was in Union hands, and Vicksburg, Mississippi, was on the verge of surrendering to the Union forces under General Ulysses S. Grant. In middle Tennessee, Union General William Rosecrans was driving General Bragg back toward Chattanooga.
A bold Confederate strategy was needed — one that would dampen the
Note: You are reading the last of a series of 27 signs that have been placed on John Hunt Morgan's historic trail through southern Indiana.
Marker series. This marker is included in the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail in Indiana marker series.
Location. 39° 15.412′ N, 84° 49.211′ W. Marker is in West Harrison, Indiana, in Dearborn County. Marker is on S. State Street south of Mill Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 515 S. State Street, West Harrison IN 47060, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Morgan's Great Raid (here, next to this marker); Canal Junction (approx. 0.4 miles away); Morgan's Raiders Enter Ohio (approx. 0.6 miles away); General John Morgan (approx. 4 miles away); Snow Hill Covered Bridge (approx. 5.1 miles away); East Fork Stone Chapel (approx. 6˝ miles away); St. John The Baptist Church (approx. 6.9 miles away); Dover (approx. 6.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Harrison.
Also see . . . John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail. From the Historic Hoosier Hills RC&D website. (Submitted on May 29, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on December 3, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 20, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 563 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 20, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.