Portland (HM21OG)

Location: Portland, OH 45770 Meigs County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 0.795', W 81° 46.631'

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Edge of the Woods

—John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail —

Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan and about 1,900 Confederate raiders
arrived in the Ohio River Valley near Portland late in the evening of July 18, 1863.
He established his headquarters in the Middleswart House, which stood on the
rise directly east of you.

When Morgan's men scouted the ford, they reported that an earthen redoubt
(defensive barrier) overlooked it and that an unknown force, with artillery
manned it. They also discovered that the river depth was higher than usual
which meant it would not be easy to cross. Due to the lateness of the day and
the uncertain guard at the ford, Morgan decided to wait until first light to test
the redoubt position.

Morgan ordered his men to set up camp and positioned Byrne's battery
of artillery on a hill to the south, ready to support a morning assault on
the redoubt. Half of the Confederate force under Colonel Basil Duke
camped to the south, and the remainder, led by Colonel Adam Johnson,
camped in this immediate area. They all settled down to a well-deserved rest.

[Photo caption]: Morgan and his raiders camped on the banks of the Ohio River near Portland to await the dawn of a new day.

Text: Edd Sharp
Illustration: Bev Kirk
HM NumberHM21OG
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 4:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 432714 N 4318534
Decimal Degrees39.01325000, -81.77718333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 0.795', W 81° 46.631'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 0' 47.7" N, 81° 46' 37.86" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)740
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 53849-54099 Co Hwy 31, Portland OH 45770, US
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