The Great Indiana-Ohio Raid


The greatest of all cavalry raids in the Civil War was that undertaken by Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan and his 2,462 Confederate troopers from June 11, 1863 – July 26, 1863.  Riding over a thousand miles behind enemy lines, Morgan and his men created panic in several Union states, and caused Union forces of well over 100,000 men to be mobilized against them.  During the raid they captured and paroled approximately 6,000 Union troops and destroyed millions of dollars in Union war supplies, railroads, bridges, etc.  By the time that Morgan and 700 of his men surrendered in Northern Ohio, they had succeeded in spreading chaos wherever they went and diverting Union attention away from Confederate General Bragg’s operations in Tennessee.  Morgan made a daring escape from captivity in November of 1863, but that is a story for another post.


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