[civilwarwest] Re: Morgan's Raid
- Jack Ehmer, in "Bushrod Rush Johnson", Fri Jun 29 wrote:
"My home county (Belmont, Ohio) was settled half by Quakers from Virginia and North Carolina and half by Scotch-Irish from Pennsylvania (my ancestors). The little town that I grew up in was the site of the first Quaker meeting house (Concord) in Ohio. Many runaway slaves crossed the Ohio River at Wheeling, Virginia (now West Virginia) to Martins Ferry, Ohio where the first of a long line of "Underground Stations" started."
I was quite interested to see that you come from Belmont County, Ohio. My folks/grandfolks, etc lived in Jefferson County: Rayland, Dillonvale, Martins Ferry, Steubenville, and Mt. Pleasant (is MP in Jefferson?). In fact, there is an old Quaker meeting house in Mt. Pleasant too. We used to play around it as kids. I've lived in Michigan now for quite some time, aside from an 8 yr stint in the Army.
Do you know much about Morgan's Raid? I remember historical markers along several roads there that told the story of his column being chased through Ohio, ending up on Buffington Island in the Ohio River north of Wheeling, WV. I have also been to the little town of Corydon, Indiana (near Louisville, KY) by the Ohio River where a small skirmish started the whole raid, so I've been at both ends.
On a side note, Ohio is jam-packed with early colonial and Indian history. A great book full of details about this period is part of a series and is titled "The Frontiersman". It's about the life of Simon Kenton (Kent, Ohio ring a bell?), who was a Daniel Boone-like figure and fought against the Shawnees, inluding Tecumseh, and in the War of 1812. Near where you live is a place called Schoenbrun(?) where a "civilized" group of Christian-converted indians was massacred in their own church by hysterical whites. Over on the northwest side of the state on the Indiana border (north of Greenville), is the site of Fort Recovery, where the Indians handed the colonists their worst defeat ever (another massacre - I believe 600 were killed).
Okay, back to the CW now. I still haven't seen any responses to my post about Phil Sheridan. Does anybody care?
Regards to all,
- Just finished reading Cunningham's "Shiloh and the Western Campaign of
1862" and would highly recommend it. This is the first book I have read
on Shiloh. The one thing that stuck in my mind is "What would of
happened if A.S. Johnston had not been killed?" I am sure there is
argument for all sides. Does anyone know of any written articles on
Also does anyone know if there is anything on General Prentiss and the
action in the Hornet's Nest?