Morgan's Raid Route / Chester Village Commons

Morgan's Raid Route / Chester Village Commons (HMKCH)

Location: Chester, OH 45720 Meigs County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 5.269', W 81° 55.316'

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Side A: Morgan's Raid Route
General John Hunt Morgan of Kentucky led a force of Confederate calvarymen into Meigs County during a forty-six-day raid north of the Ohio River. The advance forces burned Benjamin Knight's carding mill and sawmill, the Shade River Bridge, and pillaged local businesses in Chester on July 18, 1863, while waiting for the rest of the column to catch up. This two-hour halt delayed General Morgan's arrival at the ford at Buffington Island until after dark, allowing Union troops to arrive before he could make his escape. General Morgan surrendered eight days later near West Point in Columbiana County, the northernmost point ever reached by Confederate forces during the Civil War.

Side B: Chester Village Commons
Overlooking the village commons here in Chester is Meigs County's first courthouse, built in 1823 and one of only three extant Federal-style courthouse structures in Ohio. The courthouse was vacated in 1841 when the county seat was moved to Pomeroy. Adjacent to the former courthouse is the three-story Meigs County High School and Teachers Institute build in 1839, complete with a bell and cupola. The Institute was built as a school of higher learning for all Meigs Countians and thus was built on public land next to the courthouse. Both buildings are listed on the National Register for [sic - of] Historic Places.
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number5-53
Year Placed1997
Placed ByMeigs County Historical Society, Ohio Travel and Tourism, and The Ohio Historical Society
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Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 3:15pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 420266 N 4326926
Decimal Degrees39.08781667, -81.92193333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 5.269', W 81° 55.316'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 5' 16.14" N, 81° 55' 18.96" W
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Area Code(s)740
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4842-4898 Township Hwy 1037, Chester OH 45720, US
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