xt7d251fjn1j https://exploreuk.uky.edu/dips/xt7d251fjn1j/data/mets.xml Simmons, Flora E. 1863  books b92e4751s592009 English F.E. Simmons : Louisville, Ky. Contact the Special Collections Research Center for information regarding rights and use of this collection. United States --History --Civil War, 1861-1865. A complete account of the John Morgan raid through Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio, in July 1863 text A complete account of the John Morgan raid through Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio, in July 1863 1863 2009 true xt7d251fjn1j section xt7d251fjn1j 






IN JULY, 1863.





   An dent History. The Buckeye arises, in all the indignation which the occasion seems to demand, to inquire if Lisbon is to be ruthlessly deprived of all the honor she acquired as the scene of military activity during the civil war. Here is the Cincinnati Commercial Tribune, one of the leading papers of the State, and usually accepted as authority, declaring, in the course of a lurid panegyric upon General Hobson, on the occasion of a banquet tendered to that distinguished Kentucky loyalist, that Hobson "caught Morgan and his army

misstatement of a well known fact in the history of the civil war is calculated to cause the mortal remains of the late Captain "Jim" Burbick to turn in their grave. Burbick always claimed jhat he captured Morgan,, Howevefthat may be, there can be no doubt that Morgan was captured on what is known as the Burbick farm^ about three miles southwest of this city. When Morgan discovered, im-! mediately after leaving the vicinity ! of Cincinnati, that he would be ex-ceediagly fortunate if he escaped | with his command and was able to rejoin the Confederate forces '. permitting the Hoosico to fire; hu ordered them 5 ..o tLo road and surrendered them to our command. Crest-fallen,, indeed, were the Yankees ; but Glen. M. treated them kindly, returning them their guns and advising them to go home and not come hunting such game again."


It was still believed by many that Morgan intended to re-cross the river at some point below Cincinnati, while others conjectured that he would endeavor to continue his course eastward, and pass the Cincinnati not many miles in tlie rear. As to passing again into Kentucky without transports, that was clearly impossible, and the river was now so strictly guarded that no craft sufficient for the purpose could be obtained by the flying rebels. All navigation on the river, except by gunboats and armed transports, was stopped on Saturday. This doubtless determined the course of Morgan, and caused him to make for a point on the river where it could be forded. 


The country was roused in all directions. The dogs of war were on his track ; he could remain in one place hardly an hour, and the only course left him was to keep in motion ahead of his pursuers, which he might do by impressing all the fresh horses in his reach, leaving his jaded and broken down steeds behind in exchange.

From Versailles, Morgan made directly for the Ohio line, arriving at Harrison, which we believe is identical with the North Bend, formerly the residence of William Henry Harrison, on Monday the 13th. On the way they destroyed the track and burned the small bridges on the Lawrenceburg and Indianapolis Railroad, and at Harrison they burned a fine railroad b idge.

Gen. Burnside was very active, and not only had the militia in the country well in hand, but he proclaimed martial law in Cincinnati and called out the volunteer companies, and everything in the city put on a war footing. Eleven volunteer companies reported for duty at 10 o'clock on Monday morning.

Morgan left Harrison at dusk on Monday evening, and moving with all possible speed and silence, his whole command passed quietly and noiselessly within seven miles of Cincinnati, and at daylight the rebels had put eighteen miles between them and the city. One of their scouts, mounted on a splendid horse and armed with a Colt's cavalry carbine, dodged through the federal pickets into the city, and had the audacity to ride leisurely through the streets, and when he saw that he was observed, dashed rapidly up a side street leading to the suburbs, and disappeared.

Hon. Gr. Volney Dorsey, State Treasurer, who passed Monday night at Glen dale, reported that the rebels, numbering about 4,500, passed through Glendale, the advance arriving about 2 o'clock Tuesday morning, while the rear did not come in sight until after 5. The 2 


latter appeared very tired, both horses and men being completely worn out. Two or three of the men were so jaded that they jumped off their horses and went to sleep in the cemetery, where they were captured. Very little damage was done in Glendale, only a few horses being stolen.

Morgan continued on his journey, passing through Reading and on toward Miamiville. Some fifteen hundred of his force passed within a mile and a half of the federal advance on the Colerain pike.

Gen. Hobson, who was in pursuit of Morgan, passed through Burlington about eight o'clock Tuesday morning, his advance being but five miles from Morgan's rear.

While passing along the Reading pike, a detachment of Morgan's men visited the residence of Thomas L. Spooner, Esq., Collector of the First District Internal Revenue, and took two fine horses. This detachment, it was thought, numbered some 2,000 men, mounted on fresh horses. They were uniformed, many of them having linen clusters over their coats. Some had new revolving carbines, while others were armed with sabers and revolvers. The men appeared very much fatigued, and pushed on rapidly in a north-easterly direction. The time occupied in passing Mr. Spooner's residence was an hour and three-quarters.

All along the route from above Glendale to Reading, . they pillaged farms of stock, and in some instances proffered pay in Confederate scrip.

They had three telegraph operators with them, one of whom they had recently captured and pressed into their service. One of these operators was captured Tuesday morning with his instrument (a poc';et one) near Glendale, and sent to Cincinnati on a hand car. These operators could at any time attach their instruments to the wires, it being a favorite trick of theirs to 


communicate with our officers and endeavor to mislead them.

About ten o'clock Tuesday morning a detachment of troops which came in the night previous, aided by some of our volunteer forces, succeeded in capturing some twelve of Morgan's men, with a baggage wagon and some horses.

This night march of Morgan's around Cincinnati, Capt. Cunningham describes as being hard on the men. He says the distance they traveled between sunset on Monday night and sunrise of Tuesday morning was not less than one hundred miles, which is doubtless an ex-ageration. Many of the men, he continues, from their excessive fatigue, were riding along fast asleep, indeed, hundreds would have been left asleep on the road, had it not been for the untiring vigilance of the General.    Up and down the line he rode, laughing with this one, and joking with that, assuming a fierce demeanor with another, and so on.

Morgan passed Miamiville a little before noon, with Gen. Hobson in hot pursuit, the latter having a cavalry force n