Source: Sun - Maryland
Dated: July 15, 1863
THE INVASION OF OHIO
CINCINNATI, July 13. - MORGAN left Moore's Hill, on the Ohio and Mississippi Railroad, at one o'clock this morning, and passed over the Indianapolis and Cincinnati Railroad at a point thirty-five miles from here. He reached Harrison, in Hamilton co., Ohio, at about noon to-day. At half past five o'clock he was within sixteen miles of Hamilton adjoining the county of Butler, and moving slowly on that place. Gen HOBSON, with a strong force, was five hours behind him.
The damage done to the Ohio and Mississippi Railroad was three bridges destroyed, a water station destroyed, and some of the track removed. The damage done to the Indianapolis and Cincinnati Railroad was very little, only one of the water tanks being removed.
Source: Evening Union
Dated: July 25, 1863
THE RAID IN OHIO
MORGAN AGAIN ATTACKED AND BEATEN.
CINCINNATI, July 24, - Shortly after MORGAN crossed the Muskingum yesterday, he was attacked by the militia, under Colonel HALL, with two pieces of artillery. Fifteen of the rebels were killed and several wounded. His progress was checked twice by Col. HALL, but finally he escaped to Cumberland, Guernsey county, which place he left last night at seven o'clock
This morning he crossed the Central Ohio Railroad at Campbell's, but so closely pursued by Gen. Shackelford that he had no time to do any damage beyond the burning of the depot, and tearing up some of the track.
At nine o'clock this morning he reached Washington, Guernsey county, where he did a great deal of damage. plundering, &c.
General SHACKELFORD is close behind him.
A courier arrived from the vicinity of Taylorsville at noon, reports that a squad of about fifty men got detached from Morgan's command when he crossed the Muskingum, and are prowling around killing stock. A force of 390 mounted men have been sent after them.
ANOTHER SKIRMISH WITH THE REBELS.
CINCINNATI, July 21. Major KROUZE had a skirmish with the Rebels about eleven o'clock this morning, driving them out of Washington.
When last heard from MORGAN was at Winchester, twelve miles northeast of Cambridge, moving towards the Steubenville and Indiana railroads closely pursued by our foes.
Source: Macon Weekly Telegraph
Dated: Aug. 19, 1863
- We have published statements made by Northern papers, that MORGAN had been lodged in the Ohio penitentiary and treated as a felon - having his head shaved and suffering other indignities. On the other hand, says the Augusta Constitutionalist, of Saturday, a letter has been received in this city from Mrs. MORGAN stating that she has late intelligence from her husband, in which he states that he is kindly treated, and hopes to be with her in a short time on his parole.
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer - Pennsylvania
Dated: June 14, 1864
THE REBEL RAID IN KENTUCKY
Morgan attacks two Ohio Regiments - They are Compelled to Surrender - The Rebels Fire Cyntiana - Gen. Burbridge Fails Upon Morgan, and Defeats Him - Fight at Frankfort - They Abandon the Attack - Morgan Completely Routed at Cynthiana.
CINCINNATI, June 12 - MORGAN, with about 3000 men, attacked the One-hundred and sixty-eighty and One hundred and seventy-first Ohio Regiments, under General Hobson at Cynthiana, yesterday, and after a pretty severe fight, compelled Hobson to surrender, on con__tion that his men should be immediately exchanged.
The fighting took place principally in the streets of Cynthiana, and some of our troops took refuge in the court house. In order to dislodge them a stable near the hotel was set on fire, and about twenty buildings consumed before the fire was extinguished. Our loss was ______teen killed and fifty wounded. Col. Benjamin, Provost Marshal of Covington, was mortally wounded, and Colonel Garns, One hundred and sixty-eighty Ohio, severely wounded. Our loss in prisoners was from 1200 to 1500.
This morning, General Burbridge, who left Paris last night fell upon MORGAN while his men were at _____, and afater a severe fight, completely de_____ted __n, scattering his forces in all directions.
About 150 prisoners were taken, including twenty officers.
General Burbridge, at the last advices, was _____ following the fleeing Rebels.
The Fight at Frankfort.
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer - Pennsylvania
Dated: July. 21, 1894
The Latest War News, Defeat of Morgan in Ohio, Lee Reported Checked at Bunker Hill, Va.
GENERAL MEADE CLOSE ON HIS REAR
(From the Inquirer of Tuesday, July 21, 1863.)
S. J. Rea's Dispatch.
Special Dispatch to The Inquirer.
Hagerstown, July 20 - The whole rebel army is reported as being checked at Bunker Hill by the Union forces, who got in their rear. Averill is reported to have been feeling the enemy strongly on the western line of retreat for two days past. It is believed that Ewell and Hood are in strong force between Martinsburg and Hedgesville. The former point is 13 miles from Williamsport and the latter six. The enemy's pickets form a front from Hedgesville to the Shenandoah River back of Charleston, eight miles from Harper's Ferry. Their whole force is estimated at 60,000.
Movement of Lee's Army -- The Main Force Moving Via Staunton.
English Journals and the American War - "Davis to Be in
Washington in a Week." - Their Views of Lee's Invasion.
Complete Defeat of Morgan's Band, Thirteen Hundred of His
Raiders Captured - Among the Prisoners are Colnel Ward, Colonel Dick
MORGAN and Basil Duke.
The management of the President.
The Rebels in Pennsylvania
The fifty-sixth Pennsylvania Volunteers.
Source: Plain Dealer - Cleveland, Ohio
Dated: Aug. 25, 1901
Alden S. GULLIFORD of No. 462 Norwood avenue believes that he is the only surviving member of the Fifty-eighth Pennsylvania regiment, which aided materially in the capture of the dare devil confederate, MORGAN, in the summer of 1863. MORGAN and his raiders were caught near Salineville, O., and Mr. GULLIFORD was among those who took a prominent part in their capture.
Mr. GULLIFORD saw much service in the war of the rebellion, but the experience he looks back to with most pride is his part in the catching of the brave rebel. He tells an interesting story of the hunt for and final capture of the raider and his men.
"I was mustered into the Fifty-Eighth Pennsylvania volunteers," and he last evening "on July 11, 1863. The men all came from Erie county. The regiment at once went to Pittsburg and was armed with Minnie rifles. The hunt for MORGAN began immediately after the equipment had been secured.
"MORGAN was ravaging Ohio at the time. He and his few hundred men were carrying on a guerrilla warfare there destroying crops, stealing cattle and generally making it uncomfortable for the Ohioans near the Pennsylvania line. The farmers were in despair; the state officials were in despair. There were no Ohio troops in the state. The enlisted troops were all nearer the scene of the real conflict and the Buckeye farmers were almost without protection against the raids of the fearless MORGAN. A deputation from Ohio came to Pennsylvania begging aid. A heartrending appeal was made. The condition was so critical that the Ohio deputation was prepared to promise almost anything if the Pennsylvania troops that were available would come over into Ohio and catch the southern raiders. Urged on by the necessity of quick action big sums of money were offered to the regiment if it would only come over into Ohio and hunt for MORGAN.
"We went over and hunted for MORGAN for six weeks. We finally cornered and captured him and saved the lives and property of the Ohio farmers that had been in jeopardy and then returned to Pennsylvania. We received not a cent in reward. What is more, we were not even thanked, publicly or privately, for our pains."
Mr. GULLIFORD has several relics reminding him of the notable catch. Some of these he ahs given to the Western Reserve Historical society. The most prized of these is a rubber coat which was once the property of MORGAN himself. MORGAN was wearing it when he surrendered. Mr. GULLIFORD went up to the leader and demanded the garment, which was a fine one. "Sure, you can have it," answered MORGAN, and he handed it over. MORGAN's men nearly famished when caught. They were eager to exchange valuable property for food. Mr. GULLIFORD got two stirrup irons from one officer in exchange for two pieces of hard tack. The rebels even gave away the photographs of their loved ones in the south for food. Mr. GULLIFORD has several pictures of unknown southern belles at his home which are testimonials to the fact that hunger sometimes gets the better of the masculine affections.
The Fifty-eighty regiment earned the name of the "hog militia." This because while hunting for MORGAN much of the time was spent in traveling up and down the Ohio river in flat cars with boards placed across for seats. The men spent days and nights on these rough conveyances while searching for MORGAN. The actual story of the capture is best told in Mr. GULLIFORD's own words:
"We left Pittsburg about the middle of July and marched toward the Ohio line. With us was another regiment of Pennsylvania troops and a troop of Wisconsin cavalry. When we got to the line the other regiment of infantry refused to cross into the other state, maintaining that it had been enlisted for service in Pennsylvania only. The men stacked their arms and stayed in Pennsylvania. The cavalry and the Fifty-eighth, however, marched across the line.
"In order to effect a capture it was thought best to separate the two commands. The cavalry worked in the interior and the infantry spent most of its time in scouring up and down the Ohio river in flat cars. Our experiences were most unpleasant. We were in a region that was half southern and half northern in its sympathies. Whenever we struck a town the citizens were always intense Yankees. But we very often found that whenever MORGAN came around there was a magic shift of sentiment. Many a man I have helped to ride on a rail who had convictions that were easier changed than a coat.
"I could not begin to describe the events of the six weeks that preceded the final capture of MORGAN. They were days of hardship of hunger, of forced marches and awful rides for days and nights on rough boards jerked on springless flat cars over strap rails. MORGAN was here, there and everywhere. At every point we stopped he and his men had just been or were close at hand and about to arrive. Sometimes it seemed to me that there were at least six, if not more, of MORGANs, each one of them trying his best to do as much damage and cover as much ground as possible for a mortal on horseback.
"Finallyl he was cornered near Salinville with his command. He was hemmed on one side by the Wisconsin cavalry and on the other by the Fifty-eighth. He did not make any great resistance. He was penned in so unexpectedly that he had no time to get away. Besides his men were nearly famished, their spirit was broken and the undaunted leader was forced to give in in sheer desperation.
MORGAN was taken to Columbus in a freight car. Co.(mpany) I. took him and his men. He was locked up there, but only for comparatively a few hours. He had many friends. They dug a tunnel and MORGAN got away and crossed the river into Kentucky. He was caught and shot later. The 300 or 400 horses which he had were shot. They were all wind broken and useless. Co. K, my company, took them to Wellsville and shot the animals down by the wholesale. After the horses had all been killed we went back to Pittsburg and were mustered out. We had enlisted for ninety days service."
During the war Mr. GULLIFORD served in three regiments, the Eighty-third, Fifty-eighth and the One Hundred and Forty-fifth. He was one of the troops who went to Hagerstown, Pa., at the time that Lee threatened to invade Washington.
During the hunt for MORGAN he was shot at from ambush. The guerrilla was armed with a shotgun which was loaded with buckshot. Mr. GULLIFORD says that twenty-seven of these entered his person.
Source: Salt Lake Telegraph - Utah
Dated: April 20, 1911
MORGAN TUNNEL IN OHIO PRISON IS UNCOVERED
April 20 - That General John H. MORGAN, the Confederate
leader whose mysterious escape from the Ohio penitentiary on Nov.
17, 1863, together with five of his staff, has puzzled historians
for almost half a century, walked out of the penitentiary to
freedome through the front gage, either boldly or aided and abetted
by officials of the institution, is the belief today of the
authorities of the penitentiary.