CAMBRIDGE, OHIO (May 27, 2014) â€“ The Visitors & Convention Bureau recently launched a new brochure and website page with the assistance of Dr. Lorle Porter and Tom Snyder to promote Guernsey Countyâ€™s portion of the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail that features four interpretive heritage signs located in the county.
The 557-mile long trail consists of 56 interpretive signs and more than 600 specialized directional signs in Ohio. The trail generally follows the path of Confederate Brigadier-General John Hunt Morganâ€™s 1863 Indiana-Ohio Raid (also known as the Great Raid or Ohio Raid).
From July 13 â€“ July 26, 1863, John Hunt Morganâ€™s Confederate cavalry pillaged towns and villages in Ohio until they were finally forced to surrender near West Point in Columbiana County. During that time, Morgan and his raiders left their mark in Guernsey County, making quite an impact on its citizens. On the evening of July 23, 1863, they entered Cumberland and confiscated horses and supplies. Leaving around 10 p.m., they traveled all night and arrived at the crossroads near Senecaville.
Following the directions of citizens, the raiders proceeded northward to present day Lore City, arriving near dawn on July 24. They laid a hand of heavy destruction in that town. Hot pursuit by Union Cavalry kept the Confederates moving northward where they took respite in the village of Washington (now known as Old Washington). By mid-morning, Union Cavalry had reached Morgan and his band of resting raiders, and a significant skirmish ensued.
The new interpretive signs present the historical information and stories about Morganâ€™s Indiana-Ohio Raid as it pertains to the location where each sign is placed. Each interpretive sign contains text and pictures which describe the scene as it would have appeared in 1863 to a person watching Morganâ€™s men ride by.
As you travel Guernsey Countyâ€™s portion of the Morgan Heritage Trail, be sure to stop at the four interpretive markers located in Cumberland, Senecaville, Lore City and Old Washington.
To learn more about the raid, log on to VisitGuernseyCounty.com or contact us for the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail Rack Card.