From July 13-26, 1863 Confederate Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan led a daring group of more than 2,000 men across Southern Ohio. Union troops under the command of Major General Ambrose Burnside gave chase, leading to Ohio’s only Civil War battle, the Battle of Buffington Island on July 19, 1863.
John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail
The 561-mile long John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail of Ohio consists of 56 interpretive signs and over 600 specialized directional signs. The interpretive signs present the historical information and stories about Morgan’s Indiana-Ohio Raid as it pertains to the location where each sign is placed. An interpretive sign contains text and pictures which describe the scene as it would have appeared in 1863 to a person watching Morgan’s men ride by. A directional sign is a standard aluminum road sign about the size of a No U-Turn sign and attached to a single pole. However, the image imprinted on the sign is unique to the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail of Ohio. The directional signs lead the traveler from one interpretive sign to the next without the need for a map.
Illustrator Bev Kirk talks about the trail and her illustrations for the interpretive signs in a video here.
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To learn more about the Battle of Buffington Island and visiting Buffington Island Battlefield Memorial Park, click here.