Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Morgan's Raids

John Hunt Morgan's raids through Indiana during the early days of July, 1863 were incredible to put it lightly. In the short span of five days, Morgan's men robbed, pillaged, looted and destroyed property, caching more plunder than most any pirate did in their entire career. The only resistance was at Corydon where 450 Indiana Militia was no match for the raiders. From there Morgan's men spread out, stealing and destroying everything they could.

Treasure in every form is cached throughout the area. There are numerous stories of some very hefty amounts that were stolen and never left the area, only to be hidden for 152 years a short distance from where it was taken. Follow the railroad would be the first clue to quickly finding something. I will tell you that the Salem Public Library, Harrison County Public Library and the Jackson County Public Library are great resources of individual accounts.

Lieutenant George Eastin of Morgan's men was captured by Union troops near Old Pekin. It is thought to be between the old road and railroad. Eastin told that he was in a wooded area trying to escape from the soldiers and that he buried his sword, gold and silver coins, his medals, uniform buttons and a knife before being captured. He never returned to find his cache after the war.

A few miles Northeast of Old Pekin, just South of Harristown, several of Morgan's men were cut off by pursuing Union troops. Pinned down in an orchard the raiders buried their loot and perished from the bullets of the Union troops. This cache could be found with some serious research and a little luck.

This does not even begin to describe what is hidden along John Hunt Morgan's raid through Indiana.
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May all your trails be smooth and your treasure sites many.
Best Wishes and Good Hunting



Treasure Hunter's Code of Ethics

I WILL respect private property and do no treasure hunting without the owners permission.
I WILL fill all excavations.
I WILL appreciate and protect our heritage of natural resources, wildlife, and private property.
I WILL use thoughtfulness, consideration, and courtesy at all times.
I WILL build fires in designated or safe places only.
I WILL leave gates as found.
I WILL remove and properly dispose of any trash that I find.
I WILL NOT litter.
I WILL NOT destroy property, buildings, or what is left of ghost towns and designated structures.
I WILL NOT tamper with signs, structural facilities, or equipment.