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

Morgan's Great Raid

Six Days of Terror

 
 
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By Tom Bosse, October 14, 2016
1. Morgan's Great Raid Marker
Inscription. July 8, 1863. Confederate General John Hunt Morgan and 2,000 cavalrymen crossed the Ohio River into Indiana. They were transported from Brandenburg, Kentucky, on two captured steamboats. For six days, the Raiders rode through Southern Indiana. Morgan and his men had conducted earlier raids, but this would be remembered as his Great Raid of 1863. It also was the only major military activity in Indiana during the Civil War.

July 9, 1863. The Battle of Corydon occurred as Morgan's men outflanked 450 men of the Indiana Legion (local Home Guards). It was written that the men, after entering Corydon, plundered to their "hearts' content."

July 10, 1863. The Raiders entered Salem where they looted the businesses and burned the railroad depot—no town in Indiana would suffer more. A Union cavalry force of 4,000, led by General Edward H. Hobson, was in pursuit. At Indianapolis, Governor Oliver P. Morton asked General Lew Wallace to command 13 regiments of "Minutemen." The Raiders passed through Vienna, advancing into Lexington, Indiana, at dusk.

July 11, 1863. At Vernon, the Raiders were turned back. This was the first and only time that they were forced to fall back while in Indiana. Morgan camped that night in Dupont.

July 12, 1863. The Raiders arrived in Versailles. Union General Hobson's cavalry was four hours behind.

Morgan's Great Raid Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, October 14, 2016
2. Morgan's Great Raid Marker
The Raiders left Versailles at 4 p.m. and headed east. The exhausted cavalrymen camped for the night in an area now known as St. Paul. Two miles to the north were 1,800 Union soldiers sleeping in railroad boxcars.

July 13, 1863. Morgan and the Raiders resumed their eastward course. Although tired from the rigorous travel and the lack of sleep, the Raiders continued to devastate the countryside. During the afternoon, Morgan's cavalrymen crossed the bridge into Harrison, Ohio. So ended the Indiana segment of Morgan's 1,000-mile Great Raid. (Marker Number 11.)
 
Erected by Historic Hoosier Hills RC&D. (Marker Number 11.)
 
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 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. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. "Lightning" Ellsworth Strikes Again (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.
 
Categories. War, US Civil

 
 
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 143 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. 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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