Salisbury Township

Salisbury Township (HM21NW)

Location: Pomeroy, OH 45769 Meigs County
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N 39° 3.129', W 82° 2.29'

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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 crossing at Middleport, were briefly engaged in a skirmish with Union forces at Bradbury Hill. Morgan assisted Johnson, consolidated his forces, and turned north.

Morgan's Raiders ran into a five-mile-long natural valley whose walls were manned by local militia and men from the 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Future presidents Rutherford B. Hayes and William McKinley Jr. were members of the 23rd OVI. The valley created a natural gauntlet, and the placement of the Union forces forced Morgan and his men to ride through it.

Morgan's men had to shoot while galloping and, at times, dismount and return fire in order to chase the attackers away. Morgan and his men were under almost constant fire the length of the valley, and many were wounded or killed during the ride.

[Photo captions]
Top left: The ride through a valley lined with Union regulars and militia was, according to
Confederate Colonel Basil Duke, "one continual fight."

Bottom left: Forty-six-year-old Brigadier General Eliakim P. Scammon
was a West Point graduate, a topographical
and a former Cincinnati school teacher. During Morgan's Raid,
Scammon skillfully directed the Union militia and regular
army troops defending Pomeroy and Gallipolis.

Text: Edd Sharp & David L. Mowery
Illustration: Bev Kirk
HM NumberHM21NW
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 Thursday, September 14th, 2017 at 7:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 410168 N 4323076
Decimal Degrees39.05215000, -82.03816667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 3.129', W 82° 2.29'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 3' 7.74" N, 82° 2' 17.4" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)740
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 33700 Township Rd 205, Pomeroy OH 45769, US
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