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Near Vernon in Jennings County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Morgan is Forced to Turn Back,

First and Only Time in Indiana

 

—John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail —

 
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By Tom Bosse, October 14, 2016
1. Morgan is Forced to Turn Back Marker
Inscription. Early Saturday morning, July 11, General Morgan and his raiders followed the roads northward from Lexington toward Vernon. At Vernon, Morgan demanded the surrender of the town, but was rebuffed. The Home Guard commander responded that the town was swarming with troops, and that it was Morgan who should capitulate. No agreement was reached and a message was sent to Morgan asking for a two-hour delay - time needed for the women and children to be removed. During the lull, additional Federal troops arrived in North Vernon, raising the total to approximately 2,000. Morgan, already aware of the pursuing Union cavalry, learned of the reinforcements to the north and realized he was in a precarious situation.

As darkness fell, Morgan retreated toward Dupont, to the southeast. General Lew Wallace and 1,300 men arrived in North Vernon at 9 p.m. Wallace set up headquarters in a red brick house (still standing) at the southwest corner of Vernon Square. The incident at Vernon would represent the only time that Morgan was stopped and turned back in Indiana.

As Morgan fell back toward Dupont, an incident occurred in Vernon to become known at the "Battle of Finney's Ford". In the dark of thenight, nervous northern defenders lined the Muscatatuck River, when suddenly they heard loud splashing noises. Assuming the clatter was created
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By Tom Bosse, October 14, 2016
2. John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail
by Morgan's Raiders, the defenders bolted to action, only to lose their way and fall over the bluffs. Several were injured before it was learned the noise was the result of a local farmer herding his animals across the shallow river; and the the "Battle of Finney's Ford".
 
Erected by Historic Hoosier Hills RC&D. (Marker Number 15.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail in Indiana marker series.
 
Location. 38° 58.75′ N, 85° 36.35′ W. Marker is near Vernon, Indiana, in Jennings County. Marker is on State Road 3 0.1 miles south of State Road 7, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: North Vernon IN 47265, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jennings County Veterans Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Jonathan Jennings (approx. 0.4 miles away); Morgan's Raid (approx. 0.4 miles away); New Survey Markers Set (approx. 0.4 miles away); Vernon Historic District (approx. 0.4 miles away); Muscatatuck Park (approx. one mile away); Hannah Milhous Nixon (approx. 6.4 miles away); Kellar Grist Mill (approx. 6.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vernon.
 
Also see . . .
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By Tom Bosse
3. Gen. John Hunt Morgan

1. Lewis “Lew” Wallace. (Submitted on November 19, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
2. John Hunt Morgan. (Submitted on November 19, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
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By Tom Bosse
4. Gen. Lew Wallace
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 19, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 150 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 19, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.   2. submitted on November 27, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.   3, 4. submitted on November 19, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
 
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