Abandoned to the Rebels
—John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail —
On the night of July 15, 1863, Brigadier General John Hunt
Morgan and his Confederate raiders set up camp along
a seven-mile stretch between the villages of Jacksonville
and Locust Grove. The following morning, General Morgan
rode into Locust Grove and ate breakfast while there.
A local resident, Edward L. Hughes, offered to guide
the Confederate troops eastward in exchange for his two
horses earlier confiscated by the raiders. He led them as far
as Jackson, Ohio, and was later tried in a civil court for
treason against the U.S.government.
A short distance south of Locust Grove stands the historic
Wickerham Inn, built by Peter Wickerham. His grandson,
Peter Noah Wickerham, later wrote that on the morning
of July 16, 1863, he witnessed that "my grandfather's brick
house — an old tenement — was abandoned to the rebels;
clusters of them were still sleeping on the floor."
Urban C. Cannon founded Locust Grove on
Zane's Trace in 1830 and ran a wayside inn here.
Peter Wickerham, a Revolutionary War veteran,
erected a similar establishment in 1802 to the south
of the village, the Wickerham Inn.
Top left: Wickerham Inn was temporarily abandoned to the rebels, who took advantage of the opportunity to rest out of
the hot summer sun.
Bottom left: Locust Grove is the hometown of Medal of Honor recipient Lieutenant William
H. Reddick, a member of the famous Andrews Railroad Raid during the Civil War.
Right of above: Locust Grove was the birthplace of John A. Cockerill, an internationally recognized newspaper reporter and editor of American newspapers. As a private in the Union army, he was with Brigadier General Edward Hobson's cavalry as they pursued Morgan's Raiders through southern Ohio.
Top Right: A silent witness to Morgan's Raid, Wickerham Inn still stands south
of Locust Grove.
Text: Stephen Kelley
Illustration: Bev Kirk