Saturday, July 19, 2003

Ohio Moments

Morgan's Raid ended at Buffington Island

On July 19, 1863, Morgan's Raid came to a dramatic end when his 2nd Kentucky Cavalry Regiment was pinned down on the banks of the Ohio River in Meigs County. The resulting Battle of Buffington Island was the only significant Civil War engagement in Ohio.

Beginning July 2, Gen. John Hunt Morgan led 2,500-3,000 men on a raid through Indiana and Ohio. Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside, commander of the Department of Ohio, sent 14,000 men to stop them. After a month, they caught up to the raiders in Portland, where Morgan hoped to cross the Ohio River.

A battle ensued in the flood plain. The Confederates were caught between Yankee forces on land and Federal gunboats on the river. Present at this battle were three future United States presidents: James Garfield, Rutherford B. Hayes and William McKinley.

About 100 of Morgan's men were killed or wounded and nearly 1,200 were captured.

Rebecca Goodman

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