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
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