Morgan is Forced to Turn Back, Historical

Morgan is Forced to Turn Back, Historical (HM1VSD)

Location: North Vernon, IN 47265 Jennings County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 58.75', W 85° 36.35'

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First and Only Time in Indiana

—John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail —

Early Saturday morning, July 11, General Morgan and his raiders followed the roads northward from Lexington toward Vernon. At Vernon, Morgan demanded the surrender of the town, but was rebuffed. The Home Guard commander responded that the town was swarming with troops, and that it was Morgan who should capitulate. No agreement was reached and a message was sent to Morgan asking for a two-hour delay - time needed for the women and children to be removed. During the lull, additional Federal troops arrived in North Vernon, raising the total to approximately 2,000. Morgan, already aware of the pursuing Union cavalry, learned of the reinforcements to the north and realized he was in a precarious situation.

As darkness fell, Morgan retreated toward Dupont, to the southeast. General Lew Wallace and 1,300 men arrived in North Vernon at 9 p.m. Wallace set up headquarters in a red brick house (still standing) at the southwest corner of Vernon Square. The incident at Vernon would represent the only time that Morgan was stopped and turned back in Indiana.

As Morgan fell back toward Dupont, an incident occurred in Vernon to become known at the "Battle of Finney's Ford". In the dark of thenight, nervous northern defenders lined the Muscatatuck River, when suddenly they heard loud splashing noises. Assuming the clatter was created
by Morgan's Raiders, the defenders bolted to action, only to lose their way and fall over the bluffs. Several were injured before it was learned the noise was the result of a local farmer herding his animals across the shallow river; and the the "Battle of Finney's Ford".
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Placed ByHistoric Hoosier Hills RC&D
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, November 19th, 2016 at 9:02pm PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 620761 N 4315388
Decimal Degrees38.97916667, -85.60583333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 58.75', W 85° 36.35'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 58' 45" N, 85° 36' 21" W
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Area Code(s)812
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 429-889 IN-3, North Vernon IN 47265, US
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