John Morgan's Raiders


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Morgan's Raiders in Washington Ohio

Entry of Morgan's Freebooters into Washington, Ohio


The exploits and adventures of John Hunt Morgan were often featured on the pages of Northern newspapers. The illustration above is a photograph of the original August 15, 1863 edition of Harper's Weekly.  The leaf features a dramatic illustration of Morgan and his raiders entering Washington, Ohio.  The illustration is accompanied by the following Harper's Weekly Article.

Harper's Weekly

August 15, 1863


WE publish above an illustration of the ENTRY OF THE REBEL RAIDER MORGAN INTO THE TOWN OF WASHINGTON, OHIO, on the occasion of his late raid into that State. The famous bandit levied pretty freely on the defenseless towns and villages through which he passed, directing his men to provide themselves with food, clothing, horses, and whatever else they wanted. In these respects he treated loyal men and Copperheads with perfect impartiality-robbing some opponents of "this Abolition war" very thoroughly. We gave in our last number the fact of his capture. 'We now append the following interesting account of the last excursion of the famous bandit, from the Columbus Journal of July 30:

Yesterday afternoon, in accordance with orders of the War Department, John Morgan and twenty-eight of his command were placed in the Ohio Penitentiary, where they are to be subjected to close confinement until the rebels see proper to release the officers of the Streight and Colonel Grierson expedition, now inmates of the Libby Prison at. Richmond. The prisoners arrived on the afternoon train from Cincinnati, which stopped at the State Avenue crossing, thus saving the trouble of marching them from the depot. A detachment of the Provost Guard had been detailed to keep the road from the track to the penitentiary clear of people a measure that was absolutely necessary, considering: the large crowd that had collected. It required but a few minutes for the Guard, under command of Lieutenant Irwin, to conduct the prisoners to the Penitentiary, where General Mason turned them over to N. Merion, Esq., the Warden, who received his charge with as much grace as the circumstances would allow.

The examination of the prisoners which followed was a tedious process, but was not devoid of interest. It was conducted with due regard for the feelings of the prisoners, and at the same time it was very minute. One fellow was compelled to hand over a watch he had concealed in one of his pantaloon legs, between the lining and the cloth, while others handed over articles, including greenbacks and "Confederate scrip." These things will at the proper time be returned to those front whom they were taken, unless they were a part, of their stealings in their late raids. Morgan himself had several hundred dollars in money, and what he considered as money, the greater part of which consisted of greenbacks.

As the examination of each prisoner was completed, he was marched to the wash-house where he was required to give himself a "scrubbing," and from thence he was taken to his cell. Morgan, who was the first one to pass through this ordeal, did so with as much indifference as he could command, which, however, was but little; for as he passed into the ante-room that leads to the cells, his step was far from being as firm as one would expect, notwithstanding his efforts to the contrary. The prisoners are to be governed by the rules of the prison. which will prevent them from talking with each other. Their beards have been shaven in accordance with these rules, and they will doubtless find themselves otherwise inconvenienced by them. They will receive the same treatment as other prisoners receive, which is all they ask, and which is better than has been done to many a Union soldier who has died in some Southern Prison. They will be closely confined to their cells, though they will doubtless be allowed to take some exercise each day. We understand that details from the Provost Guard will keep close watch over them.

There were several other facts connected with this matter, which we are compelled to postpone for the present. However, we hope that this retaliatory measure on the part of our authorities will soon have the desired effect to secure the speedy release of the officers of Colonel Streights's expedition, among whom are, several citizens of Columbus.

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