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Meigs County Ohio Historical Markers

 
Top of the hill: Chester Academy on left and old Meigs County Courthouse on right. image, Touch for more information
By Mark Hilton, September 9, 2017
Top of the hill: Chester Academy on left and old Meigs County Courthouse on right.
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), Chester — 5-53 — Morgan's Raid Route / Chester Village Commons
Side A: Morgan's Raid Route General John Hunt Morgan of Kentucky led a force of Confederate calvarymen into Meigs County during a forty-six-day raid north of the Ohio River. The advance forces burned Benjamin Knight's carding mill and . . . — Map (db m30456) HM
Ohio (Meigs County), Chester — Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9053 Memorial
In honor of the members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9053 Lest We Forget All Gave Some, Some Gave All — Map (db m30458) 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), Middleport — 13-53 — General James V. Hartinger
General James V. Hartinger, 1925-2000, was born in Middleport, Ohio, and graduated from Middleport High School in 1943. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1949 and was a career-long fighter pilot with the United . . . — Map (db m28498) HM
Ohio (Meigs County), Middleport — 20-53 — Major John B. Downing
Major John B. Downing was born in Rutland in February 1834, son of Rodney and Marian Black Downing. Educated at Marietta College, he spent 27 years as a pilot and boat owner on the Mississippi River, operating between St. Louis and New Orleans. . . . — Map (db m28508) HM
Ohio (Meigs County), Middleport — 4-53 — Middleport Medal of Honor Recipients
Edward A. Bennett, PFC, Co. B., 358th. Inf. Regt., 90th Inf. Div. Honored for bravery during combat in Germany, Feb., 1945. Award presented by President Truman in October. Bennett retired from service with the rank of Major on Feb. 1, 1965. He was . . . — Map (db m28506) HM
Ohio (Meigs County), Middleport — Rear Admiral Arthur Clark
Rear Admiral Arthur Clark served two tours as in-country military advisor to South Vietnam military and with USMAV and was one of the last to leave in 1973. He went on to serve in many leadership roles which transformed the U.S. Navy and . . . — Map (db m28510) HM
Ohio (Meigs County), Middleport — 21-53 — Rear Admiral William W. Outerbridge
Middleport native William Outerbridge (1906-1986) initiated the first shots of American involvement in World War II at 6:37 a.m. prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Outerbridge was commander of the destroyer USS Ward, . . . — Map (db m28507) HM
Ohio (Meigs County), Middleport — 16-53 — The Ohio River / Historic Middleport
Side A: The Ohio River The Ohio River begins at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and flows 981 miles to join the Mississippi River at Cairo, Illinois. The Iroquois called the river "Oyo" or . . . — Map (db m28497) HM
Ohio (Meigs County), Pomeroy — 14-53 — George Sumner Huntington
Side A: George Sumner Huntington was born on April 9, 1850, in East Hampton, Long Island, New York. His father and grandfather had both been medical practitioners, and George followed them into the medical profession, graduating from Columbia . . . — Map (db m28479) HM
Ohio (Meigs County), Pomeroy — 19-53 — James Edwin Campbell
James Edwin Campbell was born on September 28, 1867, in the Kerr's Run area of Pomeroy to James and Letha Campbell. He graduated from Pomeroy High School with the class of 1884. After graduation, Campbell taught in various parts of Meigs County. . . . — Map (db m28478) HM
Ohio (Meigs County), Pomeroy — Meigs County Civil War Memorial
In memory of the Soldiers of Meigs County 1861 - 1866 Their country asked their lives, Their lives they gave [Honor Roll of County Veterans] — Map (db m28964) HM
Ohio (Meigs County), Pomeroy — 6-53 — Morgan's Raid Route
General John Hunt Morgan led a force of 2,000 Confederate cavalrymen into Meigs County on July 18, 1863, during a forty-six day raid north of the Ohio River. After a skirmish with the 23rd Ohio Infantry, the Confederates paused to drink and . . . — Map (db m108185) HM
Ohio (Meigs County), Pomeroy — 12-53 — Morgan's Raid Route / Meigs County Courthouse Pursuers converge at Pomeroy
Side A: Morgan's Raid Route Pursuers converge at Pomeroy As Morgan's Raiders rode eastward across southern Ohio during the third week of July 1863, the scattered defensive forces pursuing him consolidated and drew closer. Four regiments . . . — Map (db m28480) 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), Pomeroy — Spanish Cannon
From Cottabatto, Mindanao, P.I. Made in 1791 Donated to Meigs County by Gen. S. W. Fountain, U.S.A. May 30, 1925 — Map (db m28970) HM
Ohio (Meigs County), Pomeroy — Valentine Baxter Horton Born 1802 - Died 1888 Lawyer - Statesman - Industrialist
He built in Pomeroy in 1836, the world's first towboat, the Condor. Member the 34th, 35th, and 37th Congresses of the U.S. Member of President Lincoln's peace conference in 1860 [sic - 1861]. President of the board that established the Ohio . . . — Map (db m28481) HM
Ohio (Meigs County), Pomeroy — 17-53 — Village of Pomeroy
Since it was formed in 1819, Meigs County was fostered by its location on 57 miles of the Ohio River, named by the Indians"Oyo," meaning beautiful river. Pomeroy, the county seat, was named for Samuel Wyllys Pomeroy, an early landholder. His . . . — Map (db m28500) HM
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
Ohio (Meigs County), Racine — Racine American Legion Post 602 Veterans Memorial
In honor of the veterans who dutifully served our country Dedicated 26 May 1997 Dedicated to the honor and sacrifice of the men and women who served our country in World War I World War II The Korean War The Vietnam War . . . — Map (db m28738) HM
Ohio (Meigs County), Racine — Racine Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to the honor and sacrifice of our men and women in Racine area who served our country — Map (db m28736) 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 (Meigs County), Rock Springs — 53-18 — Meigs County Fairgrounds
Situated in an agriculturally rich area, county fairs have long been a significant tradition and event in Meigs County. The Meigs County Agricultural Society held its first fair on October 22, 1851, in Middleport and its second at the Rock-Spring . . . — Map (db m28495) HM
Ohio (Meigs County), Rutland — 10-53 — Brewster Higley VI (1823 - 1911)
Surgeon and songwriter Brewster Higley VI was born in Rutland in 1823, the grandson of Brewster Higley IV, a veteran of the American Revolution and founder of Rutland. Higley began studying medicine at age 18 and opened his first practice in . . . — Map (db m30463) HM

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