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John Hunt Morgan’s Great Raid

Civil War Roundtable
John Hunt Morgan’s Great Raid
On Tuesday, February 13, 2018, the Mercer County Historical Society (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA) will present a program on John Hunt Morgan’s Great Raid. Morgan’s Raid was a highly publicized incursion by Confederate cavalry into the northern U.S. states of Indiana and Ohio during the American Civil War. The raid took place from June 11–July 26, 1863, and is named for the commander of the Confederates, Brig. Gen. John Hunt Morgan.
Morgan’s Confederates during the 46 day raid covered more than 1,000 miles (1,600 km), beginning in Tennessee and ending in northern Ohio. Morgan’s raid coincided with the Vicksburg Campaign and the Gettysburg Campaign, though it was not directly related to either. However, it was meant to draw away tens of thousands of U.S. troops from these major campaigns and to frighten Northern civilians into demanding their troops be recalled to defend them. Despite his initial successes, Morgan was thwarted in his attempts to recross the Ohio River and eventually was forced to surrender what remained of his command in northeastern Ohio near the Pennsylvania border. Morgan and other senior officers were kept in the Ohio state penitentiary, but they tunneled their way out and casually took a train to Cincinnati, where they crossed the Ohio River to safety.
To many Confederates, the daring expedition behind enemy lines became known as The Great Raid of 1863, and was initially hailed in the newspapers. However, along with Gettysburg and Vicksburg, it was another in a string of defeats for the Confederate army that summer. Some Northern newspapers derisively labeled Morgan’s expedition as The Calico Raid, in reference to the raiders’ propensity for procuring personal goods from local stores and houses.
Jim Carnes will conduct and moderate the program. This program will take place on Tuesday, February 13. The program starts at 7:00 P.M. and should end sometime around 9:00. Come, enjoy yourself, and learn something new!
The Civil War Discussion Group is part of the Mercer County Historical Society’s ongoing efforts to provide programming related to local history. The roundtable meets on the second Tuesday of each month from September through May. Participation in the discussion group is open to the public and is free. The Historical Society’s headquarters is at 119 South Pitt Street, Mercer. For further information, please call the Historical Society at 724-662-3490, email info@mchspa.org, or look to our webpage www.mchspa.org .

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