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Gen. John Hunt Morgan
 Morgan's Men Association, Inc.
Founded Lexington, Kentucky, April 17, 1868

 Association of the Descendants of the men who rode with Gen. John Hunt Morgan, C.S.A.
 

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History
Membership
Officers
Articles
Resources
 News
Contact
Webrings
 Links
Memorabilia
 
Credits

 
Features
  • Dickson-Williams Home, where Gen. Morgan last slept.
  • John Paul Strain's  Morgan's Raid on the L & N
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    Morgan's Men Association History

          The Morgan's Men Association was formed originally at Lexington, Kentucky, at the reinternment of Gen. John Hunt Morgan, on April 17, 1868.  After serving as the funeral escort for their leader, the surviving members of Morgan's command met at the Phoenix Hotel and created the association.


     "The men pledged fidelity and affection for each other for as long as they lived and resolved that the memory of our illustrious and beloved leader shall ever be as indelibly stamped upon the tablets of our hearts as his name is written on the undying page of history."
     

     
    Morgan's Men met annually at least through 1883 when the reunion was held in Woodland Park in Lexington before a crowd of over 1,200 veterans and friends. Prominent Morgan's Men who led the reunion included Kentucky Governor James McCreary and Brig. Gen. Basil W. Duke.  The guest of honor was Gen. Morgan's only surviving child, Johnnie Hunt Morgan Caldwell. In 1898, the Association met in Cincinnati, Ohio, as guests of their old foe, the 7th Ohio Cavalry. Such was the pride associated with riding with Morgan and fighting against him.

     
     Crowd of ten thousand at Gen. Morgan statue 
    dedication in Lexington, KY 1910
    In 1903, at Parks Hill, in Nicholas County, Kentucky, the group was reorganized with a membership of 260 veterans. However, after that date the number of members slowly diminished as death took its toll.  At the 1916 reunion it was noted that only 167 of the veterans who met in 1903 were still alive.  In 1932, the Confederate Veteran magazine reported that just nine of the members were able to attend that year's meeting in Lexington and one of that number died just three days afterward.  Although no formal records remain, it is assumed that the 1932 meeting was one of the last. Incredibly, it was not until 1953 that the last surviving member died.

     
     
    The officers of the Morgan's Men Association included some of the South's most prominent men. Gen. Basil W. Duke served as president from its formation until his death in 1916.  Others who served as leaders were Kentucky Governor James B. McCreary, Kentucky Lt. Governor James E. Cantrill, Dr. John A. Lewis of Georgetown College, Col. D. Howard Smith, and Kentucky State Auditor, M. C. Saufley. Saufley noted that "I have never seen a man who belonged to Morgan's command who was not proud of his service."  Gen. Basil Duke proudly proclaimed at the same reunion that "nothing but death can remove the pride I feel in Morgan's Men".  Col. W. C. P. Breckinridge, responding to a standing ovation, asked the audience to remember him "simply as one of Morgan's Men".

    "Black Bess" and Gen. Morgan
     

     
    If one singled out the common bond that cemented these men together, it was the overwhelming pride they felt as Confederate soldiers who rode with the best, with Gen. John Hunt Morgan. However, as these men died the pride was left to be perpetuated in the dry pages of history books and on the cold lifeless marble of the Confederate monuments. 
    Morgan's Men as POWs
     

     
         Memories have faded and today many of the descendants of those "Rebel Raiders" hardly know their grandfathers and great-grandfathers even served at all. The re-establishment of the Morgan's Men Association is an attempt to change that, to re-establish the pride, to again celebrate our heritage as "Morgan's Men".  The Modern reorganization of the Morgan's Men Association is an association of members of the Morgan family and the descendants, both direct and collateral, of the Confederate soldiers who served with Gen. Morgan, and other interested persons whose common goal is to preserve a positive and accurate image of Morgan and his men, and to insure that the exploits of these brave men shall always be revered by the people of Kentucky and the rest of the nation.

     
     
     
    "Morgan's Men Association, Inc., shall be strictly historical and benevolent, non-political and non-sectarian."

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    Officers
    Commander-in-Chief: Ralph Widowski
    1st Lt. Commander: John McGee
    2nd Lt. Commander: Martin Sherrod
    Treasurer: Jinny Widowski
    Secretary: Sam Flora
    Historian: Tim Massey
    Chaplain: Morgan D. Silvers, DPM
    Judge Advocate: R. Burl McCoy
    Board Member: Ben Sewell
    Board Member: Lucille Haney
    Board Member: Jim Murphy
    Board Member: Beverly Ramnes
    Board Member: Charles McKenna

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    Membership Information


         There are two types of memberships available. Regular Membership is open to all members of the family of Luther Morgan, the grandfather of Gen. John Hunt Morgan, and to all descendants, both direct and collateral, of those who served honorably in the Confederate States Army in the command of Gen. Morgan.  Associate Membership is extended to all other persons who are interested in maintaining Gen. Morgan's honored place in our nation's history.  A special invitation is made to the descendants of the Union soldiers who fought against Morgan's Men.  Just as the Union opponents were proud of their adversary role, so will be their descendants. Membership is available to all applicants, regardless of age. Only the associate and regular members aged 16 years or older have the right to vote on Association matters.
     

    [List of Morgan's Confederate units ]   [List of some Union Adversaries]

    [Membership Application Form]  


         The Morgan's Men Association, Inc. hosts an annual meeting or "reunion" of the membership.  This reunion is held in late August or early Setember. These reunions are held in different historical locations associated with Morgan's Command.

         As a member of Morgan's Men, you will receive a beautiful 11" X 14" membership certificate, hand lettered with your name and the name, rank, and regimental affiliation of your ancestor. Associate members also receive a certificate proclaiming membership in the association.
     
     
     

    Join Us!
    Become one of Morgan's Men and rekindle the spirit of those young men who rode off to war with the pride and excitement of riding with MORGAN!

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    Contact Information:

    Questions or more membership information can be obtained by U.S. Mail by writing:

    Morgan's Men Association c/o Sam Flora
    1691 Kilkenny Dr.
    Lexington, KY 40505
    or by email contact Sam Flora


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    "I want to be a cavalryman
    And with John Hunt Morgan ride,
    A colt revolver in my belt
    A saber by my side.
    I want a pair of epaulets
    to match my suit of gray,
    The uniform my mother made 
    And lettered 'CSA'. "


    Other Resources


    Books By Morgan's Men of Yesterday and Today:

    "The Bride and the Bandit", a biography of Martha Ready Morgan, wartime bride of General John Hunt Morgan. By MMA members, Dr. Robert O. Neff and Edith Elizabeth Politz. Hard bound, 408 pages., including photographs and extensive notes. Strictly limited to 500 copies. Price $35.00 per copy plus $3.00 shipping. Check or money order only. Please include correct mailing address information with your order. Edith Elizabeth politz, 3703 Anthony Dr., Tallhassee, FL, 32308.

    "Confederate Pensioners of Kentucky" A compilation of Pension Applications of the Veterans & Widows 1912 - 1946 by MMA member, Steve D. Lynn, can now be ordered. Visit Steve's website for details and order form.

    "The Longest Raid of the Civil War" by MMA member, Lester V. Horwitz, can now be purchased in hard cover or paper back. Call toll-free 1-513-295-0464 to order a copy. Contains over 500 pages, 180 photos, and 39 county maps tracing Morgan's 1,000 mile raid. Visit "The Longest Raid" Website for more information.

    A History of Morgan's Cavalry, by Basil W. Duke and Reminiscenes of General
    W. Duke have now been reprinted. No MMA member should be without a copy of these first person accounts. The books are retailing for $39.95 each. In Lexington, contact Michael Courtney at Black Swan Books, 505 East Maxwell St. at (606) 252-7255. MMA members will receive a discount. Outside Lexington, check your local bookstore. (Also available from "The General's Book's" Blue and Gray Magazine)

    Confederate Wizards of the Saddle, (1914) by Bennett H. Young
    is now back in print. Bennett Young was one of Morgan's best officers, who later led the raid from Canada on St. Albans, Vermont. Available from Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble (bn.com)

    The Partisan Rangers of the Confederate States Army : Memoirs of General Adam R. Johnson, by Adam Rankin Johnson, reprint of the original. (available from Amazon Books)

     Morgan's Daring Raid: The Battle of Hartsville, by MMA member, John Timothy Heath, is the most complete account ever of the raid which was one of the most successful raids of the war.  The book is available in softcover for $25.00 or $37.50 hardcover. To order, write Battle of Hartsville Preservation, 121 McMurry Rd., Hartsville, TN  37074. Include $4.00 for shipping.


    Tennessee Preacher Tennessee Solder

     In early 1861, young Presbyterian minister John D. Kirkpatrick was preaching at his first church near Nashville. Even before Tennessee seceded, John heard the call to arms and joined the First Tennessee Volunteers. It was no surprise that he would enlist in the Confederate Army; his ancestors had served in both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. In 1862, he became a captain of Company C of the Ninth Tennessee Cavalry, which was soon attached to Morgan's Cavalry Brigade. He was with Morgan at Hartsville and on the Christmas Raid. He was captured in Gallatin, but escaped with the help of a southern-sympathizing federal guard. At Vaught's Hill, he commanded his regiment. On the Indiana-Ohio raid, he was with the first troops that crossed the Ohio River at Brandenburg. He narrowly avoided capture at Buffington Island because he had been sent across the river before the battle to secure the east bank. He then led 110 men on foot through the mountains of West Virginia to Confederate territory, arriving in time to fight under Forrest at Chickamauga. He commanded a battalion of Morgan’s men on Wheeler’s raid through Middle Tennessee, and, on the retreat into Alabama, commanded the rear guard at a bloody fight at Sugar Creek. John fought at Missionary Ridge, Ringgold Gap, and again under Wheeler at Charleston, Tennessee. Captain Kirkpatrick rejoined Morgan after his escape from prison, and commanded a battalion at Cove Gap and on Morgan’s Last Kentucky Raid. Although severely wounded at Cynthiana on the morning of June 12, 1864, he escaped capture and somehow was able to make his way back to Wytheville, Virginia, a two hundred mile trip through the mountains. Still the loyal Confederate, he spent the last few months of the war trying to get authorization from Richmond to raise a regiment of cavalry to fight under Forrest. After Lee's surrender at Appomattox, he appears to have been a part of Duke’s force that escorted Confederate President Jefferson Davis into Georgia. When Duke dismissed his troops at Woodstock, John headed west. He surrendered at Marion, Alabama on May 16, five weeks after Appomattox, and then headed home. After the war, he successfully led several churches in Nashville, taught theology at Cumberland University in Lebanon, and published a newspaper. When Morgan’s daughter, Johnnie Hunt Morgan Campbell, died, he helped officiate at her funeral. On his death, Cumberland University named their new home Kirkpatrick Memorial Hall.

    I have just published a book about Captain Kirkpatrick's Civil War career. Information about the book, including how to purchase it, can be obtained at http://tennesseepreachertennesseesoldier.com/. There is some outstanding authentic Confederate cavalry music there that will make the viewer wish he had been born a hundred years earlier.
    Tom Stevens

     Other Good Books On General Morgan or Morgan's men:

     To Die in Chicago: Confederate Prisoners at Camp Douglas 1862-65. By George Levy, Evanston Publishing, copyright 1999.

    Morgan's Raiders, by Dee Alexander Brown, copy right 1959 (available from Amazon Books)

    The Last Night and Last Day of John Hunt Morgan's Raid: Eyewitness Accounts of Morgan's Ohio Raid of 1863,  Edited by Jere. H. Simms (originally published 1913) Reprinted by Genesis Publishing Co., 1997. (Available from "The General's Books", Blue and Gray Magazine)

    Rebel Raider: The Life of General John Hunt Morgan, by James A. Ramage; The University Press of Kentucky; copyright 1986.  (Available at the Hunt-Morgan House, Lexington, Ky or Barnes and Noble)

    John Hunt Morgan and His Raiders, by Edison H. Thomas, University Press of Kentucky, copyright 1985 (Available from Amazon Books)

     Corydon--The Forgotten Battle of the Civil War, By W. Fred Conway, FBH Publishers, copyright 1994. (available at the Hunt-Morgan House, Lexington, KY)

    The Most Incredible Prison Escape of the Civil War, by W. Fred Conway, FBH Publishers, copyright 1994.(available at the Hunt-Morgan House, Lexington, KY)


    Ancestor Spotlight


    John D. Kirkpatrick

    In early 1861, young Presbyterian minister John D. Kirkpatrick was preaching at his first church near Nashville. Even before Tennessee seceded, John heard the call to arms and joined the First Tennessee Volunteers. It was no surprise that he would enlist in the Confederate Army; his ancestors had served in both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. In 1862, he became a captain of Company C of the Ninth Tennessee Cavalry, which was soon attached to Morgan's Cavalry Brigade. He was with Morgan at Hartsville and on the Christmas Raid. He was captured in Gallatin, but escaped with the help of a southern-sympathizing federal guard. At Vaught's Hill, he commanded his regiment. On the Indiana-Ohio raid, he was with the first troops that crossed the Ohio River at Brandenburg. He narrowly avoided capture at Buffington Island because he had been sent across the river before the battle to secure the east bank. He then led 110 men on foot through the mountains of West Virginia to Confederate territory, arriving in time to fight under Forrest at Chickamauga. He commanded a battalion of Morgan’s men on Wheeler’s raid through Middle Tennessee, and, on the retreat into Alabama, commanded the rear guard at a bloody fight at Sugar Creek. John fought at Missionary Ridge, Ringgold Gap, and again under Wheeler at Charleston, Tennessee. Captain Kirkpatrick rejoined Morgan after his escape from prison, and commanded a battalion at Cove Gap and on Morgan’s Last Kentucky Raid. Although severely wounded at Cynthiana on the morning of June 12, 1864, he escaped capture and somehow was able to make his way back to Wytheville, Virginia, a two hundred mile trip through the mountains. Still the loyal Confederate, he spent the last few months of the war trying to get authorization from Richmond to raise a regiment of cavalry to fight under Forrest. After Lee's surrender at Appomattox, he appears to have been a part of Duke’s force that escorted Confederate President Jefferson Davis into Georgia. When Duke dismissed his troops at Woodstock, John headed west. He surrendered at Marion, Alabama on May 16, five weeks after Appomattox, and then headed home. After the war, he successfully led several churches in Nashville, taught theology at Cumberland University in Lebanon, and published a newspaper. When Morgan’s daughter, Johnnie Hunt Morgan Campbell, died, he helped officiate at her funeral. On his death, Cumberland University named their new home Kirkpatrick Memorial Hall.
    Tom Stevens

    G.M. KERBOW

    I was born in Jackson County, Ga., Nov. 11, 1846 and volunteered to go to war at the age of 17. I entered in May, 1863, Company D, 16th Georgia Battalion Calvary. Colonel Billy Win was my colonel, Major Clark was our major and Captain Camp was captain of Company D. He was wounded at Bluntville, Tenn., and was unable for service any more. Lieut. Mathis succeeded him. My soldiering was in Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee. It was an independent battalion but most of the time I was with Morgan until he was killed. The Federals made it very interesting for us and they kept us in lead most of the time. One of the fights was at Bull’s Gap, Tenn. We went out on skirmish line. Every boy picked his log for protection. I got behind a chestnut log, a little fellow by the name of Cato got behind a pine log. We saw some few Federals entering a small boxed house and began shooting. Soon they saw us and they also began shooting. When they hit the log Cato was behind he said, “Lookout Marshall, begad.” I looked up and a bullet came whizzing into my hat, so I lay down again. Willingly I lay there until four o’clock in the evening. The prettiest music I have heard was Yankee Doodle played by the Federals and Dixie played by our boys. We were called in then and the Federals built their fires which meant they were going to leave their breast works. We cut them off at Morristown, six or seven miles away from Bull’s Gap. They were falling back to Knoxville. We had our pickets, the Federals drove them in, so we formed a line knowing they were near. The fight began and lasted all night. We captured about twelve hundred at once and drove the Federals to Knoxville. About a month after that I was captured at Sevenmile Ford in Virginia and they kept me four days and nights. We were guarded by two white regiments and one negro regiment as a rear guard. They marched us down the road 4 days and nights. Every man that got tired and give out he would be killed, as it was reported. When a man would fall behind the negroes would yell “Step up there white man, make my gun smoke after you: and step up there white man, bottom rail on top.” John Wallace soon grew tired and said, “Oh, Lord God, Marshall, I’m bound to die,” but hearing a gun fire he would pass me. After a while he said, “Oh, Lord God, Marshall, I’m bound to die.” I said, “Must I tell your friends and relatives you died a praying?” He said, “I don’t give a damn what you tell them.” When they paroled us we were very hungry and had nothing to eat except roasted corn and raw mutton. John Lancaster, John Maynard’s uncle, and I went to search for food. We went to a negro woman’s shack where she was cooking corn cakes. There we grabbed half a dozen cakes, put soap grease on them. It was the best food that I had ever eaten. Our order was to report at Knoxville after we were paroled, but I have not seen the place up until yet. We organized a battalion of infantry at Bristle, Tenn., left there and started to Richmond, got as far as Christianbury when Lee surrendered. I took my old mule out of the wagon train and started out for Johnson’s army in South Carolina, but he surrendered before we got there, then I started for home. I got home the first of May, arriving there at midnight. Mother made me pull off and burn all of my clothes which were filled with “cooties.” If there was ever a mule that had a soul, “Old Bill” did have the biggest one. He died near Enloe at the age of 24. I’m still here on my first legs, the father of 18 children. God has blessed me all my life. We old soldiers are all on the border line and will soon pass over the river and rest under the shade of the trees.” Cooper Review, Mar. 14, 1936, Cooper, Texas
    Mike Wilson


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    Association News

    The Vidette

     
    Official Newsletter of the Morgans Men Association
    Published Semi-Occasionally
    May 2016

     
    2015 Reunion in Mt. Sterling and Cynthiana, Kentucky
     
     The 2015 Annual Reunion was headquartered at Blue Licks State Park Resort in Carlisle, Kentucky, August 22-23, 2015.
     The pre-tour included a guided tour of the Revolutionary War Blue Licks Battlefield. The State Park Ranger was very interesting and informative. Friday night we gathered for a time of fellowship and refreshments.
     After a hardy breakfast on Saturday in the lodge, everyone boarded the bus and headed to Mt. Sterling, where we toured the Montgomery County History Museum. There on display was the saddle used by General Morgan. Next stop was a drive by of the Farmer's Bank of Kentucky that was robbed by Morgan's Men. Then, off to Cynthiana, Kentucky where we enjoyed lunch and joined by Bill Penn. Bill was our tour guide to the site where the Federal soldiers surrendered. At the end of the tour, the members assembled at the Battle Grove Cemetery for a monument dedication to the memory of the men who fought at the Second Battle of Cynthiana. This monument was purchased by the Morgan's Men Association. Thank you MMA members.
     The Saturday banquet started with the Blessing given by our Chaplin Morgan Silvers followed by a great meal served by the Blue Licks State Park Resort. After the meal our Speaker, David Mowery, gave a great talk and PowerPoint presentation on Morgan's Great Raid into Ohio. The door prize winner was Sherry Kidd from Texas. She won a beautiful print of General Morgan. Following the speaker we had a short business meeting and adjourned until next year.
     


     MMA College Scholarship
     
     The MMA Board of Directors has approved an Annual College Scholarship of $500.00 to be given annually. Applications for the 2016 award are now being accepted. Guidelines and applications may be obtained from our Commander Ralph Widowski, 3505 Grafton Road, Brunswick, OH 44212, rjw@ohio.net.
     
     Ancestor Spotlight
     
     If anyone would like to spotlight their ancestor who rode with General Morgan please submit an e-mail no more than one page in length, summarizing their history to Ralph Widowski rjw@ohio.net, who will try to put all or part of your article (at the discretion of the MMA Board of Directors) on our web-site. All articles become property of the MMA and cannot be reproduced without written permission of the Morgan's Men Association.
     
     100th. Year Morgan Monument Pins
     
     The 100th Year Morgan Monument pins are still available at a cost of $25.00 including shipping. Please contact Ralph Widowski if you are interested at 330-388-0899
     
     Morgan's Men Association Shirts
     
     Morgan's Men Association shirts are still available. Please see the order sheet farther down on the web-site. The shirts can be ordered directly from the embroiderer. Their information is
     Bullseye Activewear, Inc.
     2947 Nationwide Pkwy.
     Brunswick, Ohio 44212
     330-220-1720
     
     John Hunt Morgan
     Table top Statue
     
     The MMA Board of Directors has found an artist that will make a replica of the Statue of General Morgan in Downtown Lexington. We are taking pre-paid orders for $325.00. Please use the order form farther down on the web-site to reserve your statue. The artist will ship the statues from their studio when completed. There will to be a limited number of the statues made.
     


     Membership Dues
     
     Renewal dues are $20.00 annually, which must be paid before September 1, 2016 to avoid the late charge. Members who joined last year after September 1, 2015 do not owe 2016 renewal dues. If you are unsure of your dues status, contact the Treasurer, Jinny Widowski. Lifetime membership is available for $200.00 and you will receive a Lifetime Membership lapel pin. Please make checks payable to the Morgan's Men Association and send to Jinny Widowski, Treasurer, 3505 Grafton Rd. Brunswick, Ohio 44212. Please include your present address and membership number which is located on your membership certificate.
     
     Change of Address
     
     If you have a change of address please notify our Treasurer Jinny Widowski 3505 Grafton Rd. Brunswick, Ohio 44212, or email at rjw@ohio.net so we can keep our database up to date.
     
     2016 MMA Reunion
     
     The 2016 MMA Reunion will be in Abingdon, VA, on September 2-3, 2016. Our headquarters for the event will be the Quality Inn, 930 E. Main St., Abingdon, VA 24210. Their phone number is 276-676-9090. The room rate is $95.00, plus tax. Every member is responsible for making their own reservation and room payment. Breakfast is included. Please be sure to mention that you are with the Morgan's Men Association (MMA) to get this special rate.
     
     For early arrivals on Friday, September 2nd, the town of Abingdon has many sites for your own touring. The Abingdon Visitor Center (335 Cummings St.), The Barter Theatre (172 West Main St., www.bartertheatre.com) has a couple of performances you might want to check out: The William King Museum of Art (415 Academy Dr.), The Wolf Hills Brewing Co. (350 Park St. SE), The Abington Winery (20530 Alvarado Rd, 276-623-1255), The Historical Society of Washington Co. (306 Depot Square), The Martha Washington Hotel (150 West Main St.), The Heartwood (1 Heartwood Circle) to check out the local culture, and The Creeper Trail (276-475-6262) for any biking or hiking adventures. For dinner The Tavern (222 E. Main St.) is very good.
     
     Registration will take place at the hotel from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm (ask the front desk for the location).
     
     On Saturday, September 3rd, we will board the bus and depart at 9:00 am sharp from our hotel to go to Saltville, VA, where we will tour the Museum of the Middle Appalachians and see other places of interest. After visiting Saltville we will return to Abingdon for lunch and tour Fairview 1815, The Muster Grounds, Sinking Spring Cemetery where General Morgan was entombed temporarily before his body was moved to Richmond, VA; and, then to Lexington, KY, and other places of interest.
     
     Our Saturday night Banquet will be held at the Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center, with our special speaker, Amy Looney, to talk about General Morgan and his Men being in Abingdon, VA.
     
     Please fill out the registration form and mail to Jinny Widowski, 3505 Grafton Rd., Brunswick, Ohio 44212, with a check made out to the Morgan's Men Association, no later than August 5, 2016. Also remember to include your 2016 dues, even if you are not attending the Reunion
     
     

    [Reunion Registration Form]


     
     Cincinnati Civil War Round Table Newsletter
     
     The 501c3 not-for-profit, all-volunteer Buffington Island Battlefield Preservation Foundation is working on two major projects in 2016 to bring awareness to the nation about Ohio’s largest Civil War battle, the Battle of Buffington Island, fought July 19, 1863, at Portland, Ohio. Both projects are looking for volunteers from across the country who might help in various capacities.
     The Foundation is sponsoring a 5-day reenactment of Confederate Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan’s movements through Meigs County, Ohio, from Wilkesville to Portland. The reenactment will be held from September 14-18, 2016, in Meigs County, and will feature approximately 300 infantrymen with artillery and 200 cavalrymen who will ride or march along much of the original path of Morgan’s Great Raid of July 1863. Steamboats will also likely be participating in the event. There will be battles reenacted every day, but the largest one will be performed on Sunday, September 18, on the actual Buffington Island battlefield.
     For this project, the Foundation is looking for volunteers to help set up and tear down tents and other amenities for the reenactment, guide visitor parking, assist feeding of the reenactors, and perform work in booths in Meigs County. The group is also looking for anyone who might assist with sending out social media blurbs to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other media venues. This can be done from your home. If you are interested in any of these opportunities, or know someone who might want to join in this historic Civil War reenactment (the largest in Ohio), please contact David Mowery, Chair of the Buffington Island Battlefield Preservation Foundation, at 513-774-9544 or at buffingtonisland@gmail.com. More information is available at www.morgansraidreenactment.com.
     
     The Foundation is sponsoring a one-hour documentary film on John Hunt Morgan’s Great Raid of 1863, with special focus on the raid within Ohio. The working title of the film is Raiders on the Ohio, but since the film is in the marketing and funding stage, this title may change in the future. From May through December of this year, a campaign will be conducted at various sites across the state to raise funds for the film. A professional film producer and director from Ohio University have already committed to the project, and once the funds are raised, they will begin production in 2017. The locations where the public are encouraged to join in a night of talks and discussions about the documentary film are listed below:
     
     Adams County
     Friday, June 24, 2016
     7:00 PM
     First State Bank
     19230 State Rt. 136, Winchester, OH 45697
     
     Brown County
     Saturday, June 25, 2016
     7:00 PM
     Mary P. Shelton Library
     200 W. Grant Ave., Georgetown OH 45121
     
     Guernsey County
     Friday, July 22, 2016
     7:00 PM
     Deerassic Park Education Center
     14250 Cadiz Rd., Cambridge, OH 43725
     
     Morgan County
     Saturday, July 23, 2016
     7:00 PM
     Burr Oak Lodge
     10220 Burr Oak Lodge Rd., Glouster, OH 45732
     
     Megis County
     Friday, July 29, 2016
     6:00 PM
     Meigs County Public Library
     216 W. Main St., Pomeroy, OH 45769
     
     Jackson County
     Saturday, July 30, 2016
     7:00 PM
     Jackson County Public Library
     21 Broadway Street, Jackson, Ohio 45640
     
     Columbiana County
     Friday, August 12, 2016
     6:00 PM
     Columbiana County Public Library (Salchow Room)
     332 N Middle St, Columbiana, OH 44408
     
     Jefferson County
     Saturday, August 13, 2016
     6:30 PM
     Historic Fort Stueben
     120 South 3rd Street, Steubenville, OH 43952
     
     Clermont County
     Friday, August 26, 2016
     7:00 PM
     Batavia Township Hall - Community Center
     1535 Clough Pike, Batavia, OH 45103
     
     Hamilton County
     Saturday, August 27, 2016
     7:00 PM
     Heritage Village of Cincinnati
     11450 Lebanon Rd., Sharonville OH 45241
     
     The Foundation is looking for volunteers to help spread the word about these meetings. The more people who attend the meetings, the more success will come from them. Anyone versed in social media is much appreciated to assist. Also, if you have any ancestors who were engaged in the raid, come to the meeting. We are gathering oral histories to be stored at the Ohio History Connection and may be included in the film. Please contact David Mowery, Chair of the Buffington Island Battlefield Preservation Foundation, at 513-774-9544 or at buffingtonisland@gmail.com, or contact Scott Backus at scott@lapstrakemarketing.com or at 216-401-2554. More information on the film will be available at www.raidersontheohio.com.
     
     MMA Defends Morgan’s Statue
     
     In response to pressure from a few local agitators last summer, the mayor of Lexington asked the city’s Arts Review Board to hold hearings on the future of the statues of General John Hunt Morgan and John C. Breckinridge located on the grounds of the old Fayette County Courthouse in downtown Lexington. The MMA partnered with Save Art Heritage in Lexington in a public relations campaign to save the statues as important artistic and historical assets to the city. MMA members were among those who contacted the mayor, city council persons and the Art Board to ask them to leave these historic icons in place for future generations. The MMA board voted to support the campaign with vital funds to fight this assault on our heritage.
     Despite a recommendation from the Art Review Board in November that the statues be removed, the campaign to save them was successful. The mayor announced in February that the statues would remain in place. Thanks to the support of the MMA and its members we have been able to save General Morgan’s statue for now. If the forces that seek to destroy the statue dedicated to General Morgan and his men return we will need to defend our heritage again. We must be vigilant!
     
     The 2015-2016 Board of Directors
     
     Commander: Ralph Widowski
     1st Lt. Commander: John McGee
     2nd Lt. Commander: Martin Sherrod
     Treasurer: Jinny Widowski
     Secretary: Sam Flora
     Historian: Tim Massey
     Chaplain: Morgan D. Silvers, DPM
     Judge Advocate: R. Burl McCoy
     Board Member: Ben Sewell
     Board Member: Lucille Haney
     Board Member: Jim Murphy
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    Page Credits

    Thanks to the following individuals for help with this page:
    Chris Tramel for his graphical expertice and assistance.
    Richard Davis for his photograph of Gen. Morgan's grave.
    Dean Fowlerfor his excellant work on the Midi sound files and
    unique service at ReWEP Associates.

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    1861~1865 Outstanding Site Award

    To see all our site award, visit our Award Page !

    This website created by Scott K. Williams.
    Background sound, "How Are You Telegraph ?" midi file, from "The Borderland Collection", copyright (c) 1998 Scott K. Williams, All Rights Reserved . If you can not hear the background tune or receive a midi error, you must download a Cresendo Midi File Player plugin for your particular browser to play it. A free plugin can be downloaded from: Cresendo Download Website.
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