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Attack from the West Marker amongst other markers. image, Touch for more information
By Mark Hilton, September 9, 2017
Attack from the West Marker amongst other markers.
Ohio (Meigs County), Portland — Attack from the West — Battle of Buffington Island
Closing the Net Frustrated by multiple failed attempts to overtake Morgan in Kentucky, Major General Ambrose Burnside dispatched Union Brigadier General Edward Hobson and 2,500 Union soldiers on July 6 with specific orders to intercept . . . — Map (db m108368) HM
Ohio (Meigs County), Portland — Battle of Buffington Island
(Front side): On and near this spot, July 19, 1863, occurred what is known as the Battle of Buffington Island between the forces of Gen. John H. Morgan, Confederate leader, who was attempting to cross the river near the middle of the island . . . — Map (db m35822) 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 — Capture in Columbiana County — Battle of Buffington Island
End of the Longest Raid Under fire from three directions, Morgan and his troops scrambled for cover by following the River Road upriver in hopes that they could cross at another ford. Confederate Colonel Basil Duke brought up the rear . . . — Map (db m108395) HM
Ohio (Meigs County), Portland — Confusion and Panic — Battle of Buffington Island
A Naval River Blockade As darkness and dense fog set in on July 18, Morgan's men stopped to rest in the fields near Portland. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Commander Leroy Fitch and his tinclad U.S.S. Moose headed upstream from Pomeroy . . . — Map (db m108398) 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 — Escape from the Ohio Penitentiary — Battle of Buffington Island
Was it an Inside Job? Entering the prison gates, the captured Confederate officers were immediately stripped, washed, shaved, and taken to their section of the prison. The men were treated much like the other inmates rather than . . . — Map (db m108372) HM
Ohio (Meigs County), Portland — 1-53 — First Ohio Invasion
Brigadier General Albert G. Jenkins of Virginia, with 350 Confederate cavalrymen, crossed the Ohio River near this point on September 3, 1862 and advanced to Racine. After occupying the town for a few hours and after seizing a dozen horses, the . . . — Map (db m108230) HM
Ohio (Meigs County), Portland — In Grateful Remembrance
Public-spirited Meigs countians whose names are perpetuated below, through their generosity made possible the acquisition of a 1.5 acre tract which is incorporated within this public State Park. The prehistoric Indian Mound, standing on the area so . . . — Map (db m108400) HM
Ohio (Meigs County), Portland — Major Daniel McCook
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Ohio (Meigs County), Portland — Modern Day Buffington Island — Battle of Buffington Island
The Battle Site Then and Now The Battle of Buffington Island did not take place on the island in the Ohio River. Rather, Confederate and Union troops fought in this area. Much of the battlefield has not changed and continues to be used . . . — Map (db m108396) 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 — Path of Destruction and Damage — Battle of Buffington Island
Claims Against the Rebels Morgan's prime objective was striking fear in the civilian population. Along the route of the raid, Morgan's men took horses and provisions, destroyed property, and pillaged items from homes and businesses. . . . — Map (db m108367) 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), Portland — Surprise Encounter — Battle of Buffington Island
Union Troops Withdraw In the early morning of July 19, Union Brigadier General Henry Judah's forces, dispatched the day before from Pomeroy, surprised both themselves and the raiders by virtually running right into Confederates hidden . . . — Map (db m108361) HM
Ohio (Meigs County), Portland — The Battle of Buffington Island — July 19, 1863
Dedicated to the Men and Women of the Portland community who braved the atrocities of the Battle of Buffington Island fought in the Portland bottom lands on July 19, 1863, and to the generosity of these people in feeding and caring for the wounded . . . — Map (db m35741) HM
Ohio (Meigs County), Portland — The Battle of Buffington Island — July 19, 1863 — Dedicated to Confederate Forces and Leaders
Morgan's Cavalry Division - Brig. Gen. John Hunt Morgan Duke's Brigade - Col. Basil Duke 2nd Kentucky Cavalry (Maj. Thomas Webber) 5th Kentucky Cavalry (Col. D. Howard Smith) 6th Kentucky Cavalry (Lt. Col. John Warren Grisby) 9th Tennessee . . . — Map (db m35742) HM
Ohio (Meigs County), Portland — The Battle of Buffington Island — July 19, 1863 — Dedicated to Union Forces and Leaders
(Side A): Department of the Ohio - Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside Cavalry Brigade, 3rd Division XXIII Corps - Brig. Gen. Henry M. Judah 5th Indiana Cavalry (2 companies) (Lt. John O'Neil) 11th Kentucky Cavalry (Maj. Milton Graham) . . . — Map (db m35744) HM

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