Morgan's Great Raid Historical

Morgan's Great Raid Historical (HM1VMO)

Location: Scottsburg, IN 47170 Scott County
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N 38° 38.943', W 85° 46.178'

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Six Days of Terror

July 8, 1863. Confederate General John Hunt Morgan and 2,000 cavalrymen crossed the Ohio River into Indiana. They were transported from Brandenburg, Kentucky, on two captured steamboats. For six days, the Raiders rode through Southern Indiana. Morgan and his men had conducted earlier raids, but this would be remembered as his Great Raid of 1863. It also was the only major military activity in Indiana during the Civil War.

July 9, 1863. The Battle of Corydon occurred as Morgan's men outflanked 450 men of the Indiana Legion (local Home Guards). It was written that the men, after entering Corydon, plundered to their "hearts' content."

July 10, 1863. The Raiders entered Salem where they looted the businesses and burned the railroad depot—no town in Indiana would suffer more. A Union cavalry force of 4,000, led by General Edward H. Hobson, was in pursuit. At Indianapolis, Governor Oliver P. Morton asked General Lew Wallace to command 13 regiments of "Minutemen." The Raiders passed through Vienna, advancing into Lexington, Indiana, at dusk.

July 11, 1863. At Vernon, the Raiders were turned back. This was the first and only time that they were forced to fall back while in Indiana. Morgan camped that night in Dupont.

July 12, 1863. The Raiders arrived in Versailles. Union General Hobson's cavalry was four hours behind.
The Raiders left Versailles at 4 p.m. and headed east. The exhausted cavalrymen camped for the night in an area now known as St. Paul. Two miles to the north were 1,800 Union soldiers sleeping in railroad boxcars.

July 13, 1863. Morgan and the Raiders resumed their eastward course. Although tired from the rigorous travel and the lack of sleep, the Raiders continued to devastate the countryside. During the afternoon, Morgan's cavalrymen crossed the bridge into Harrison, Ohio. So ended the Indiana segment of Morgan's 1,000-mile Great Raid. (Marker Number 11.)
Placed ByHistoric Hoosier Hills RC&D
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Date Added Saturday, November 12th, 2016 at 9:02am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 607065 N 4278550
Decimal Degrees38.64905000, -85.76963333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 38.943', W 85° 46.178'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 38' 56.58" N, 85° 46' 10.68" W
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Area Code(s)812
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 200-264 IN-356, Scottsburg IN 47170, US
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