Ohio Civil War
Morgan's Raid – Buffington Island
Located about 20 miles east of Pomeroy on State Route 124 at Portland OH
Four-acre park commemorates the only significant Civil War battle fought in Ohio. Here on July 19, 1863, Union cavalry finally caught up with and defeated a Confederate cavalry column under John Hunt Morgan. Morgan had been raiding in Indiana and Southern Ohio and was headed for safety on the other side of the Ohio River. About half of Morgan’s men were captured here. Some later crossed the Ohio. Morgan himself with his few remaining men continued north in Ohio. The Confederate raider was soon caught and imprisoned in Columbus. Three future presidents — Garfield, McKinley and Hayes — were all involved in this battle. Monument and interpretive signs on site.
Open daylight hours. Free.
Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont OH 43420-2796
Two buildings, the Hayes home and a museum, make up the Presidential Center devoted to the 19th president. Hayes fought in the thick of the Civil War, attaining a brevet major general rank. He was wounded five times. The museum collections offers objects related to his wartime service. Open Tuesday–Saturday 9 am–5 pm, Sundays and federal holidays noon–5 pm. $13/adult covers home and museum.
West side of the public square, Carrollton OH 44615
Home to the “Fighting McCooks,” so-called because of the family’s contributions to the Union war effort. A total of 14 members of the family fought with five serving as generals. Four died in the conflict. The restored home includes exhibits about the family and their wartime contributions. Open Memorial Day–Labor Day Friday and Saturday 10 am–5 pm, Sunday 1–5 pm. Open only Saturday and Sunday other times. $3/adult.
Links to the websites of these places: Ohio Links