A Break From All Things Gettysburg (kinda)
I've been a bit under the weather this week, so my studies have suffered. I spent a little time crawling around the web and found a site worth checking out. It's called civilwartalk.com. The people I've met so far are very knowledgeable about all things American Civil War. There are break out discussion forums on everything from reenacting, and civil war politics to specific battles. It's well worth the look.
Anyhow, one of the persons I met on the board mentioned they were considering a trip to Salinesville. For the uninitiated, Salinesville is a little town in eastern Ohio that was the site of John Morgan's surrender. It is also the site of the northernmost battle of the Civil War.
The town itself is very small, and there isn't much to commemorate the events there. There are a few markers outside of town that I'll show here.
It's been a few years since I took the trip, and my memory is fuzzy. I know that I used the book The Longest Raid of the Civil War by Lester V. Horwitz as a reference, and I'm inclined to say that I used Blue and Gray Magazine as a reference also, (but if I did, I have misplaced the copy)
So without further ado, here are some pictures from Salinesville Ohio.
This first picture is along Rte 158. It is the marker commemorating Morgan's surrender to Major George Rue. There is a picture out there of the dedication of this in 1910 with Rue and his wife flanking the marker.
This is the view looking east on Rte 158 from the marker, Morgan's men lined this road for over a mile after the surrender.
This is taken on Rt 93 just outside of Salinesville (it's kind of hidden in plain sight), it marks the sight of an engagement between Morgan's Raiders and troops under Union General James Shackelford.
These next two pictures are the the lay of the land next to the Shackelford / Morgan marker, in the first picture you can see Rte 93 on the left
This marker is at the intersection of Routes 164 and 55 just outside of Monroeville Ohio. It explains the pursuit of Morgan's Raiders by Shackelford's troops.
The next 3 pictures are of the intersection of 164 and 55 showing the lay of the land around the previous monument.
Like I said earlier, there isn't a whole lot out there commemorating these battles. Morgan's Raid started prior to and ended just after the battle of Gettysburg. While it may have had impact locally, and diverted some resources that could have confronted Lee at Gettysburg, the overall impact of the Raid seems (to me at least) to have been minimal.