In the summer of 1863 Confederate General John Hunt Morgan led his cavalry on a raid through Ohio that caused panic among Ohioans and a problem for the Union Army. Morgan crossed the Ohio-Indiana border with approximately 2,000 soldiers near Cincinnati on July 13 and lead them east with plans to escape across the Ohio River. The Union Army was quickly in pursuit and the chase lead to Buffington Island, a small community near the Ohio River in Meigs County, where the only Civil War battle in Ohio took place. We worked with the Ohio Department of Transportation and local communities to create the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail to commemorate Ohio’s role in the events of July 1863. Read more about the work to create the trail and the experience of traveling the 561-mile route: Civil War Tour: Retracing Morgan’s Raid.
Illustration of Morgan’s Raid published in Harper’s Weekly, 1863.
A variety of materials about Morgan’s Raid are available to researchers in the Research Room on the third floor of the Ohio History Center. The Research Room is open Wednesday-Saturday, 10AM-5PM.
State Archives Series 49 Letterbooks of Morgan’s Raid Claims
State Archives Series 99 Index and Record of Morgan’s Raid Claims
State Archives Series 172 Morgan’s Raid Claims
State Archives Series 1443 Record of Morgan’s Raid Claim Correspondence
State Archives Series 2040 Docket of Claims Presented to the Board of Commissioners of Morgan’s Raid Claims
VFM 851 Samuel Burks Taylor Letter
VFM 878 Fannie E. Ford Papers
VFM 1210 Military Committees of Gallia and Clermont Counties, Ohio Records
VFM 5669 “To the People of Ross County!” Broadside