Civil War Roundtable, Sept. 16 – Morgan’s Raid

What: Morgan’s Raid
When: Tuesday, September 16th @ 6:30pm
Where: Wayne County Public Library, Wooster – Conference Room

Tom Vance

Tom Vance

Please join us on Tuesday, September 16, at 6:30 p.m. for another quality program commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War.  There is no charge and it is open to the public. The Wayne County Civil War Roundtable, in collaboration with the Wayne Co. Libraries, will host the program in the Wooster Library Conference Room. We are now in the fourth year of that horrible war.

Our well known speaker is Mr Tom Vince, who is in his 19th year at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, OH.  Mr Vince started working on Morgan’s Raid in Ohio in the early 1980’s when he spent part of two summers driving the route from entry point over in Indiana near Harrison, OH and taking it to the surrender point at the hamlet of West Point in Columbiana County.  Morgan’s Raid in July of 1863 was the only “clash” between the North and the South in the State of Ohio during the Civil War.  During the 150th anniversary of the raid in 2013, markers all along Morgan’s route through Ohio were installed.

A little Background from Wikipedia:

“Morgan’s Raid was a highly publicized incursion by Confederate cavalry into the Northern 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.

For 46 days as they rode over 1,000 miles (1,600 km), Morgan’s Confederates covered a region from Tennessee to northern Ohio. The raid coincided with the Vicksburg Campaign and the Gettysburg Campaign, although it was not directly related to either campaign. However, it served to draw the attention of tens of thousands of Federal troops away from their normal duties and strike fear in the civilian population of several Northern states. Repeatedly thwarted in his attempts to return to the South by hastily positioned Union forces and state militia, Morgan eventually surrendered what was left of his command in northeastern Ohio. He escaped through Ohio, and casually took a train to Cincinnati, where he crossed the Ohio River.”



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