Stoney Ridge

Stoney Ridge (HM21NO)

Location: Piketon, OH 45661 Pike County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 3.71', W 83° 6.492'

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Axes to the Front

—John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail —

As Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan and his Confederate raiders crossed
southern Ohio, Governor David Tod called out ax brigades to fell trees across
the raiders' anticipated route. Downed trees were not a major problem for mounted
troops, but they were a headache for the baggage wagons and artillery that followed
Morgan's column, and the Confederates became increasingly frustrated.

Here, at the top of a hill that provided a clear field of fire, the Pike County Military
Committee built a barricade to stop Morgan and his men. About 40 of Jasper's
townspeople manned the barricade and waited for the Confederates.

About 1 pm on July 16, 1863, Morgan and his troopers arrived to find their path
blocked by the barricade. Morgan ordered several companies to dismount and fire
a volley at the determined citizens. After several rounds, the defenders surrendered.
The captured men were forced to march back to Jasper under continual verbal abuse from Morgan's men.

[Photo caption]: The small Pike County Military Committee, under the leadership of Andrew Kilgore, nervously waited behind their barricade for the arrival of Morgan's troops.

Text: Edd Sharp
Illustration: Bev Kirk
HM NumberHM21NO
Series This marker is part of the series
Year Placed2013
Placed ByThe Ohio Department of Transportation, the Ohio History Connection, and the Ohio Civil War Trail Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 at 4:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 317597 N 4325753
Decimal Degrees39.06183333, -83.10820000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 3.71', W 83° 6.492'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 3' 42.6" N, 83° 6' 29.52" W
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Area Code(s)740, 937
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 392-488 Co Rd 43, Piketon OH 45661, US
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