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Morgan's Raid,  July 1863Morgan's Raid,  July 1863

Location: 0.2 mile east of junction US 31 & SR 356 at Louisville & Indiana Railroad, south side of highway, Vienna. Replaces 72.1963.2 (Scott County, Indiana)

Installed: 2002 Indiana Historical Bureau, Preservation Alliance, Inc., and Scott County Community Foundation

ID# : 72.2002.7

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Side one:

During the Civil War, Confederate General John Hunt Morgan (1825-1864) led a raid through southern Indiana July 8-13, 1863. Crossed Ohio River at Brandenburg, Kentucky on two commandeered steamboats with over 2, 000 cavalrymen and entered Indiana near Mauckport. Following a battle at Corydon, they traveled north to Salem.

Side two:

Morgan's soldiers then traveled east and reached Vienna July 10; they burned railroad bridge and depot and tapped telegraph line. Spent night in Lexington. Moving northeast, they interacted with towns including Vernon, Dupont, and Versailles. Left Indiana at Harrison (now West Harrison). Morgan and part of force were captured in eastern Ohio.

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During the Civil War, Confederate General John Hunt Morgan (1825-1864) led a raid through southern Indiana July 8-13, 1863.(1) Crossed Ohio River at Brandenburg, Kentucky on two commandeered steamboats with over 2, 000 cavalrymen and entered Indiana near Mauckport.(2) Following a battle at Corydon, they traveled north to Salem.(3)

Morgan's soldiers then traveled east and reached Vienna July 10; they burned railroad bridge and depot and tapped telegraph line.(4) Spent night in Lexington. Moving northeast, they interacted with towns including Vernon, Dupont, and Versailles. Left Indiana at Harrison (now West Harrison).(5) Morgan and part of force were captured in eastern Ohio.(6)

Notes:

(1) Arville L. Funk, The Morgan Raid in Indiana and Ohio (1963) (Mentone, Ind., 1978), 3, 4, 6; ; John Hunt Morgan biography accessed August 30, 2001; Kenneth M. Stampp, Indiana Politics during the Civil War (Bloomington, Ind., 1978, reprint of 1949), 204-9.

(2) Logan Esarey, A History of Indiana from 1850 to the Present (Indianapolis, 1970, reprint of 1918), 772; W. H. H. Terrell, Indiana in the War of the Rebellion, Report of the Adjutant General (Indianapolis, 1960, reprint of 1869), 210-11; Stampp, 205, 206; Funk 4, 5

(3) Funk, 5; Esarey, 773-74; Stampp, 207.

(4) Esarey, 774; DeWitt C. Goodrich and Charles R. Tuttle, An Illustrated History of the State of Indiana . . . (Indianapolis, 1875), 524; Terrell, 235; Mary Wilson and Nancy Asher, Lexington (n.p., [1976]), 209.

(5) Members of Lexington Historical Society, Lexington, A Pioneer Town ([Lexington, Ind., 1988), 56; Wilson and Asher, 212; Esarey, 775-76; Funk, 6.

(6) Esarey, 775-76; Funk, 4, 6; Stampp, 209; 11th Kentucky Cavalry CSA, account of Morgan's Raid by Lt. Col. James B. McCreary, accessed October 26, 2001; Buffington Island Battlefield, Heidelberg College Archaeological Project accessed October 29, 2001.