Chester (HM21O3)

Location: Long Bottom, OH 45743 Meigs County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 5.27', W 81° 55.318'

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A Fateful Delay

—John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail —

Confederate Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan and his raiders arrived in Chester
around 1 pm on July 18, 1863, after a grueling ride across Meigs County. Knowing that Union forces were close behind, Morgan expected an attack at any moment.

Crossing the Shade River into Chester, the Confederates burned the bridge to delay
pursuing Union forces. The fire soon spread to a local mill that housed most of Chester's grain and lumber supply. During the confusion, Morgan's local guide slipped away. As the Confederates needed another guide to get to the river crossing at Portland, less than 20 miles away, the resulting search delayed them for more than 90 minutes in Chester.

Morgan and his troops used the search for a new guide as chance to rest, feed their horses, and refill their canteens. The July heat took a toll on the exhausted men and horses that welcomed a momentary respite. The Confederates rested on the commons across from the old county courthouse and the Chester Academy on the hill.

"Our troubles are over," Morgan was reported to say while waiting on the porch of a nearby house. "Tomorrow we will be on Southern soil." After finding a guide, Morgan and his men headed out to the ford at Buffington Island.

[Photo caption]: Morgan could ill afford the delay in the Chester Commons while a search was conducted for someone to guide them to the Ohio River.

Text: Edd Sharp
Illustration: Bev Kirk
HM NumberHM21O3
Series This marker is part of the series
Placed By 2013 by the Ohio Department of Transportation, the Ohio History Connection, and the Ohio Civil War Trail Commission
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Date Added Thursday, September 14th, 2017 at 10:02am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 420263 N 4326928
Decimal Degrees39.08783333, -81.92196667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 5.27', W 81° 55.318'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 5' 16.2" N, 81° 55' 19.08" W
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Area Code(s)740
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 46480 OH-248, Long Bottom OH 45743, US
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