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John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail in Ohio Historical Markers

The 557-mile long John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail of Ohio presents historical information on 56 interpretive markers and notes stories about Morgan’s Civil War Indiana-Ohio Raid.
 
Winchester Marker on East Washington Street. image, Touch for more information
By Mark Hilton, September 9, 2017
Winchester Marker on East Washington Street.
Ohio (Adams County), Winchester — 13 — Winchester — Capturing the Daily Stagecoach — John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail
Confederate Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan and his raiders galloped into Winchester about 8:30 am on July 15, 1863. The rebels immediately began searching businesses and private residences for firearms, food, horses and anything else that . . . — Map (db m108236) HM
Ohio (Clermont County), Miamiville — 9 — Miamiville — Derailment of the "Kilgour" — John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail
Confederate Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan's 2,000 cavalrymen, laden with artillery and wagons, began fording the Little Miami River around 7 am on July 14, 1863. Scouts rode ahead to establish defensive perimeters. About half a mile . . . — Map (db m108242) HM
Ohio (Clermont County), Miamiville — 10 — Miamiville — Fighting at the Bridges — John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail
Early on July 14, 1863, Confederate Colonel Basil Duke's brigade was the first of Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan's cavalry to splash across the Little Miami River at Porter's Mill. Duke's initial objective was to capture the . . . — Map (db m108245) HM
Ohio (Clermont County), Williamsburg — 11 — Williamsburg — Morgan's First Ohio Campsite — John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail
About 4 pm on July 14, 1863, Confederate Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan and his raiders stopped in Williamsburg to establish their first campsite in Ohio. Approximately 2,000 cavalrymen remained in the rebel force. Many of the officers . . . — Map (db m108248) HM
Ohio (Columbiana County), Salineville — 52 — Monroeville-In A Trap — John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail
By July 26, 1863, Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan was in a race that was rapidly coming to an end. Union pursuers seemed to be everywhere as the Confederates worked their way north from Nebo (near present-day Bergholz). After passing through . . . — Map (db m111195) HM
Ohio (Guernsey County), Old Washington — 42 — Old Washington — Rebel Respite Cut Short — John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail
At mid-morning on Friday, July 24, 1863, Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan and fewer than 600 Confederate raiders approached Washington (now Old Washington) from the south. The billowing smoke rising from nearby Campbell's Station had alerted . . . — Map (db m92539) HM
Ohio (Hamilton County), Blue Ash — 6 — Blue Ash — "You Can't Stop an Army" — John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail
On the morning of July 14, 1863, John Craig Hunt and his ten-year-old son, Wilson, watched from their Blue Ash farmhouse as Confederate raiders led six horses from the barn. When the boy asked his father about his intentions, the father replied, . . . — Map (db m108237) HM
Ohio (Hamilton County), Camp Dennison — 8 — Camp Dennison — "The Camp Must Be Held!" — John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail
On Sunday afternoon, July 12, 1863, Camp Dennison's commandant, Lieutenant Colonel George W. Neff, learned of Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan's approach from Indiana with more than 2,000 Confederate cavalrymen. Neff had about 600 Union . . . — Map (db m108246) HM
Ohio (Hamilton County), Deer Park — 7 — Deer Park — A Courageous Bluff — John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail
While many Ohioans panicked in the path of Confederate Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan's cavalry — hiding their valuables and fleeing their homes — the Schencks and the Thompsons resolved to defend both. During the Civil War this . . . — Map (db m108238) HM
Ohio (Hamilton County), Evendale — 5 — Evendale — Morgan's Raiders Spread Out from Sharonville — John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail
More than a week after the Confederate defeat at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, nearly 2,000 rebel soldiers remained on Northern soil. In the early morning of July 14, 1863, the crack Confederate cavalry division of Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan . . . — Map (db m108240) HM
Ohio (Hamilton County), Glendale — 3 — Glendale — Morgan's Confederates Arrive from Springdale — John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail
At 2 am on July 14, 1863, the sound of hooves on Sharon Avenue's cobblestones interrupted the dark morning stillness. While many townspeople slept, those awakened were terrified by what they saw. Peering from their Glendale College dorm windows, . . . — Map (db m98212) HM
Ohio (Hamilton County), Sharonville — 4 — Sharonville — "The Greatest Excitement That I Ever Seen" — John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail
Around 3 am on July 14, 1863, more than 2,000 grimy hard-looking, heavily armed cavalrymen, most without uniforms plodded toward Main Street from the west. Confederate Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan's Raiders had arrived. Many of the . . . — Map (db m108241) HM
Ohio (Harrison County), Harrisville — 46 — Harrisville — Tired But Safe for Now — John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail
Confederate Brigadier John Hunt Morgan and about 500 remaining raiders had narrowly escaped pursuing Union forces under Brigadier General James M. Shackelford and had survived their artillery barrage near Georgetown. The Union troops and horses . . . — Map (db m79818) HM
Ohio (Jackson County), Jackson — 17 — Jackson — Morgan's Raiders: "The Scum of the South" — John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail
The advanced guard of Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan's Confederate raiders arrived in Jackson about 9:30 pm on July 16, 1863, and found a tree barricade near the Isham House on Main Street defended by old men and boys. Local militia forces . . . — Map (db m108267) HM
Ohio (Jackson County), Wellston — 18 — Berlin Crossroads — Trouble at the Crossroads — John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail
As Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan's Confederate raiders left Jackson on Friday, July 17, 1863, they were in good spirits and singing songs. Although they had burned a mill near Berlin Crossroads, a small town located on the Marietta and . . . — Map (db m108268) HM
Ohio (Jefferson County), Bergholz — 51 — Bergholz-Overnight at Nebo — John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail
About 8 pm on the evening of July 25, 1863, Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan and fewer than 500 Confederate raiders arrived at Nebo, now known as Bergholz, and set up camp throughout the village. Selecting the Herdman Taylor farm as his . . . — Map (db m111197) HM
Ohio (Jefferson County), Bergholz — 50 — The Eastern-Nearing The End — John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail
On July 25, 1863, Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan and his Confederate raiders headed north following the skirmish at the Two Ridges Church just outside Wintersville. The Union pursuers under Brigadier General James M. Shackelford were hard on . . . — Map (db m111196) HM
Ohio (Jefferson County), Wintersville — 49 — Wintersville — Two Ridges Church and Friendly Fire — John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail
While en route to Wintersville on July 25, 1863, Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan and his Confederate raiders stopped at the farm of Mrs. John Hanna for a short nap and meal. Working their way toward Wintersville through the area south of . . . — Map (db m79816) HM
Ohio (Meigs County), Chester — 22 — Chester — A Fateful Delay — John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail
Confederate Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan and his raiders arrived in Chester around 1 pm on July 18, 1863, after a grueling ride across Meigs County. Knowing that Union forces were close behind, Morgan expected an attack at any moment. . . . — Map (db m108280) HM
Ohio (Meigs County), Long Bottom — 29 — Long Bottom — Reassembling the Raiders — John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail
On Sunday morning, July 19, 1863, Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan led the remainder of his tired and weary Confederate raiders out of the whirlwind of Buffington Island. Colonel Basil Duke stayed behind with a small force to delay the . . . — Map (db m108290) HM
Ohio (Meigs County), Pomeroy — 21 — Rock Springs — A Needed Rest — John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail
After riding through a gauntlet of Union troops in Salisbury Township, Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan and his Confederate raiders desperately needed time to reorganize and rest. The fight had taken a toll on their physical reserves and cost . . . — Map (db m108189) HM
Ohio (Meigs County), Pomeroy — 20 — Salisbury Township — The Gauntlet — John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail
Upon approaching the road to Pomeroy just before noon on July 18, 1863, Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan and his Confederate raiders faced a major challenge. Colonel Adam Johnson's detachment, which had been sent south to investigate a river . . . — Map (db m108278) HM
Ohio (Meigs County), Portland — 25 — Buffington Island — War Reaches Ohio — John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail
After thirty-eight days of raiding for supplies, damaging bridges and rail lines, and drawing the pursuit of Union troops, Morgan's men arrived here on the evening of July 18, 1863. His objective was to reach the Buffington Island ford . . . — Map (db m108335) HM
Ohio (Meigs County), Portland — 27 — Dry Run — Initial Contact — John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail
On the morning of July 19, 1863, Confederate Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan learned that the Union redoubt guarding the ford had been abandoned in the night. Colonel Basil Duke was ordered to send a force south to try to preserve the . . . — Map (db m108315) HM
Ohio (Meigs County), Portland — 28 — North End Valley — Last Stand — John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail
While Confederate Colonel Basil Duke attempted to stop the Union advance up the Ohio River Valley from the south early on July 19, 1863, Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan still thought that the path to the Buffington Island ford was clear. . . . — Map (db m108291) HM
Ohio (Meigs County), Portland — 26 — Old Portland Road — Ford and Redoubt Site — John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail
Confederate Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan had been searching for a place like Buffington Island — a ford where he could lead his 1,900-man raider force back onto friendly soil — since crossing into Ohio. This ford, which . . . — Map (db m108311) HM
Ohio (Meigs County), Portland — 24 — Portland — Edge of the Woods — John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail
Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan and about 1,900 Confederate raiders arrived in the Ohio River Valley near Portland late in the evening of July 18, 1863. He established his headquarters in the Middleswart House, which stood on the rise directly . . . — Map (db m108295) HM
Ohio (Meigs County), Reedsville — 30 — Reedsville — Another River Crossing Attempt — John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail
Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan arrived at the Ohio River crossing at Reedsville late on July 19, 1863, with the 1,100 Confederate raiders remaining after the battle at Buffington Island. The raiders could plainly see West Virginia — . . . — Map (db m108288) HM
Ohio (Meigs County), Reedsville — 31 — Tupper Plains — Another Ruse — John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail
After the Battle of Buffington Island, Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan and his remaining Confederate force of about 800 raiders turned inland from the Ohio River to escape the navy's gunboats and avoid pursuit. Union Brigadier General James M. . . . — Map (db m108283) HM
Ohio (Pike County), Jasper — 15 — Stoney Ridge — Axes to the Front — John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail
As Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan and his Confederate raiders crossed southern Ohio, Governor David Tod called out ax brigades to fell trees across the raiders' anticipated route. Downed trees were not a major problem for mounted troops, but . . . — Map (db m108263) HM
Ohio (Vinton County), Wilkesville — 19 — Wilkesville — An All-Too-Brief Rest — John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail
Confederate Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan and his men arrived in Wilkesville just before dark on July 17, 1863. The local home guard offered very little resistance to the invaders. The raiders plundered the village office and local stores. . . . — Map (db m108275) HM

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