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John Hunt Morgan, acclaimed Confederate cavalry commander, gained the significant notice of his Federal enemy while operating in vicinity of Union-occupied Nashville; and featured in the March 8th 1862 report of Colonel Jonathan Kennett to General Ormsby Mitchel [OR 10 pages 4- 6]. Captain Morgan's own report (to William Hardee, of March 10th) so impressed the General that he recommended the cavalry officer be promoted to Colonel [OR 10 page 7]. Going from strength to strength, John H. Morgan helped screen the Confederate movement towards Corinth; was available for service at Shiloh [mentioned in despatches of General Hardee]; and led a raid into Kentucky in July 1862 that helped end the career of Don Carlos Buell a few months later. In recognition of his daring, dash and prowess, Harper's Weekly honored "the Bandit" John Hunt Morgan by featuring his image on the cover of the August 16th 1862 edition. In response, the new Confederate version of Harpers Weekly -- The Southern Illustrated News -- featured General Morgan on its cover of September 20th 1862. The Southern Illustrated was published in Richmond by Ayres & Wade from mid-1862 until March 1865. Not much information in regard to Shiloh is featured, but significant military figures made the cover of every edition (as did their biographies.) More and more editions of the Southern Illustrated News are becoming available via archive.org and HathiTrust. Ozzy References: OR 10 pages 4- 7 and 569 http://www.sonofthesouth.net/leefoundation/civil-war/1862/john-morgan.htm Harper's Weekly cover http://archive.org/details/southernillustrav1n2ayre The Southern Illustrated for Sept 20th 1862 http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/ca08000135/holdings/ Southern Illustrated holdings at USA libraries SDG posts (various) N.B. Apologies to Doctor Hook for use of his title in this post...
Later this month, I plan to drive part of the route of John Hunt Morgan's 1863 Raid through Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio, sometimes known as the Great Raid. I plan to start at Buffington Island, in Portland, Ohio, and to then follow his route to the surrender site in northeast Ohio. I expect to be at Buffington Island at about 11:00 am and suspect that the remainder of the excursion will take pretty much the rest of the day, as I think that that portion of Morgan's route is in excess of 250 miles. I haven't yet set a date for the jaunt but it will be in the second half of July. I am taking a vacation day on Friday, July 31, and could drive it then, but would be amenable to driving the route on July 25. I'll be following the route which can be obtained that the following website. https://www.ohiohistory.org/participate/talks-and-tours/morgan-raid-driving-tour Would anyone care to join me on this adventure?