Attack from the West

Attack from the West (HM21Q0)

Location: Portland, OH 45770 Meigs County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 0.138', W 81° 46.448'

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Battle of Buffington Island

Closing the Net
Frustrated by multiple failed attempts to overtake
Morgan in Kentucky, Major General Ambrose Burnside
dispatched Union Brigadier General Edward Hobson
and 2,500 Union soldiers on July 6 with specific
orders to intercept the Confederate raiders.

Hobson's men relentlessly pursued Morgan's men
for two weeks through Kentucky, Indiana and
southern Ohio. The raiders did not make it easy
for them to follow. By taking all fresh horses
with them — whether they needed them or not —
the Confederates slowed the Union pursuit through
Indiana and Ohio.

As Hobson's men neared Portland on July 19,
gunshots could be heard from the south and the
general was quick to send reinforcements toward
the river. Cresting a hill overlooking Colonel Adam
Johnson's Confederate forces, Union troops
quickly dismounted, firing volley after volley into
the disorganized raiders at the bottom of the hill.
The Union forces tightened their vise grip on
the raiders and pushed them north of the ford.
The situation further deteriorated for Morgan's men
as gunboats began to fire upon them from the river.

Union Troops Lie in Wait
West Virginia became a state on June 20, 1863,
about a month before Morgan's Raid reached
Ohio. It was formed from pro-Union counties
Virginia but was still considered friendly
territory by Morgan and his troops.
Morgan was unaware that Union forces
were waiting to attack from the West Virginia
border in the event that any Confederates
made it across the Buffington Island ford.

Top left photo: Brigadier General Edward Hobson - Hobson led his troops on a grueling journey to chase down the raiders. His forces continued to be outsmarted by Morgan until they reached Portland.
Bottom left map: Hearing Judah's troops clash with the raiders, Hobson's reinforcements
rushed to the scene.
HM NumberHM21Q0
Placed ByThe Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 16th, 2017 at 7:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 432968 N 4317316
Decimal Degrees39.00230000, -81.77413333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 0.138', W 81° 46.448'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 0' 8.28" N, 81° 46' 26.88" W
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Area Code(s)740
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 56700-56998 OH-124, Portland OH 45770, US
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