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Vienna in Scott County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

“Lightning” Ellsworth Strikes Again

 
 
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By Tom Bosse, October 14, 2016
1. "Lightning" Ellsworth Strikes Again Marker
Inscription. In the late afternoon of July 10, 1863, Confederate General John Hunt Morgan's men reached Vienna and seized the Jeffersonville Railroad Station from the agent and telegraph operator. Morgan's telegraph specialist, Lieutenant George "Lightning" Ellsworth, took control and obtained news from stations along the line between Louisville and Indianapolis. Ellsworth learned that Union General Edward H. Hobson's cavalry troops were about 30 miles behind. The wire was cut and the railroad tracks torn up. The station and water tank, turntable, and a bridge over Pigeon Roost Creek, were destroyed. The Vienna stores and homes were ransacked by the Raiders before they headed toward Lexington, seven miles to the east.

Union General Hobson's men reached this point at 3:30 p.m., July 11th.
 
Erected by Historic Hoosier Hills RC&D.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail in Indiana marker series.
 
Location. 38° 38.943′ N, 85° 46.178′ W. Marker is in Vienna, Indiana, in Scott County. Marker is at the intersection of State Road 356 and Vienna High Street, on the left when traveling east on State Road 356. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Scottsburg IN 47170, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.

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By Tom Bosse
2. George "Lightning" Ellsworth
Confederate Brig. Gen. John Hunt Morgan's most valuable raider was probably a Canadian named George “Lightning" Ellsworth.
At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Morgan's Great Raid (here, next to this marker); Morgan's Raid, July 1863 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Scott County Home (was approx. 1.7 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Pigeon Roost (approx. 2.3 miles away); a different marker also named Pigeon Roost (approx. 2.3 miles away); Scott County's Carnegie Library (approx. 2 miles away); William Hayden English (approx. 2 miles away); Scott County War Memorial (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vienna.
 
Also see . . .  Civil War Weapons: The Telegraph?. (Submitted on November 11, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
"Lightning" Ellsworth Strikes Again Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, October 14, 2016
3. "Lightning" Ellsworth Strikes Again Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 12, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 11, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 135 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 11, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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