Williamsburg (HM21NE)

Location: Williamsburg, OH 45176 Clermont County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 3.612', W 84° 3.843'

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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 spent the night at the corner of Third and Main streets in
the tavern owned by John Wesley Kain. The preparation of meals for 127 raiders
kept the tavern staff busy. Morgan stayed in Room 9 of the adjoining Kain House
Hotel. While there, he went through the Williamsburg mail that his men had
confiscated, looking for cash and news of military importance.

Six of Morgan's officers also slept at the Kain House. Other officers remained
with their men. The raiders set up camp east of town along Bethel Road between
the East Fork bridge and the hill. A few settled down in town, and others did so
in the fields and along the roads to Boston and Batavia.

The raiders' well-earned rest ended with a 3 am reveille. The advance riders were
on the road by dawn, and the last of Morgan's men were gone by 8 am.

[Photo caption]: Colonel Basil Duke, a Confederate brigade commander, wrote that they felt comparatively safe in Williamsburg, prompting an overnight stay. Morgan and several officers lodged in the hotel, while the remainder camped in the surrounding area.

Text: Rick Crawford
Illustration: Bev Kirk
HM NumberHM21NE
Series This marker is part of the series
Year Placed2013
Placed ByOhio Historical Society
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Date Added Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 754036 N 4327560
Decimal Degrees39.06020000, -84.06405000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 3.612', W 84° 3.843'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 3' 36.72" N, 84° 3' 50.58" W
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Area Code(s)513, 937
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 972-988 OH-276, Williamsburg OH 45176, US
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