Long Bottom

Long Bottom (HM21OB)

Location: Long Bottom, OH 45743 Meigs County
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N 39° 5.146', W 81° 48.245'

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Reassembling the Raiders

—John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail —

On Sunday morning, July 19, 1863, Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan led
the remainder of his tired and weary Confederate raiders out of the whirlwind
of Buffington Island. Colonel Basil Duke stayed behind with a small force to delay
the advancing enemy troops, but the overwhelming Union attack compelled Duke
to surrender.

Morgan's command was stretched out over Meigs County, some lost or captured.
His brother, Colonel Richard Morgan, had led a large detachment away from
Buffington Island only to be captured at Bashan. Within a day, other groups
attempting to escape from Ohio were captured near Pomeroy, Syracuse, Racine,
Chester, Millwood, and Belleville.

General Morgan stopped at this site to rest and allow his scattered command
to regroup. Having lost many officers and men at the Buffington Island fight
Morgan reorganized his division into two brigades, led by Colonel Adam Johnson
and Major Thomas B. Webber. Soon the approximately 1,100 men were assembled
into new order, and preparations were made to move out.

Heading to the next river crossing at Reedsville, about six miles upriver to the north
organ hoped to stay ahead of his pursuers and the gunboats.

[Photo caption]: With more than half his original body of Confederate troops gone and numerous officers captured, Brigadier
General John Hunt Morgan was forced to reorganize and name new commanders for the two wings of his forces.

Text: Edd Sharp & David L. Mowery
Illustration: Bev Kirk
HM NumberHM21OB
Series This marker is part of the series
Year Placed2013
Placed ByThe Ohio Department of Transportation, the Ohio History Connection, and the Ohio Civil War Trail Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 14th, 2017 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 430456 N 4326601
Decimal Degrees39.08576667, -81.80408333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 5.146', W 81° 48.245'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 5' 8.76" N, 81° 48' 14.7" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)740
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 61650-61698 OH-124, Long Bottom OH 45743, US
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