Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Terror of 1863 General John Hunt Morgan's Raid

As summer was at it's peak in 1863, the Confederacy had lost their hold on most of their prized real estate. General Grant owned the Mississippi River all the way to Vicksburg Mississippi. The Union had pushed the Confederates deep into the south and the only place they seemed to have any upper hand was in Virginia with victories at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. General John Hunt Morgan had his fill of orders holding his men in the mud and rain of Eastern Tennessee. On July 1, 1863 as the bloodiest battle of the Civil War began at Gettysburg, Morgan's Gray Raiders crossed the Kentucky and Tennessee border and began a bloody reign of terror and plunder for 26 days in three states.

If you are planning a treasure hunt vacation this is a great area to research and put on your list. You can follow this trail of plunder and any place you pick there is a pretty good chance of finding one of the many caches hidden along the way. There were 2460 Gray Raiders when they entered Kentucky and only 346 when they surrendered in a field near West Point, Ohio 14 miles from the Pennsylvania line. Basil Duke, a colonel under Morgan said after the war that everything the raiders took, stole or plundered was scattered or buried along the way. A little research and you will find that the amount of loot was astounding. You never know, next time may be the best time.

May your trails be smooth and your treasure sites many.
Best Wishes and Good Hunting

John Hunt Morgan


Route of Morgan's Gray Raiders