WELLSVILLE - The John Hunt Morgan Commemoration Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Wellsville Historical Society and Museum located at 1003 Riverside Ave.
Local historians and Civil War buffs of northern Jefferson, Carroll and Columbiana counties have formed a committee to promote the commemoration of the Ohio Historical Society John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail Tour.
The committee meets every two weeks to plan and promote the July 27-28 events.
Using the book, "The Last Night and The Last Day," the committee is planning two days of events that led up to the surrender and confinement of the raiders in the Whitacre House Hotel in Wellsville. A limited number of copies are being reprinted as a fundraiser and promotion for the commemoration. For information on purchasing one, contact Virginia Glenn by e-mail at email@example.com or the Wellsville museum at (330) 532-1018.
It will have been 150 years ago this summer that Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan led a successful month-long raid into Ohio, more than 1,000 miles in four states.
"We are planning a July 27 dedication of the Ohio Historical Society kiosk at "Old Nebo," now Bergholz, where the raiders spent their last night in camp together," Glenn said. The event will feature guest speakers, music, food and recognition of local people who had ancestors involved in the raid.
The Carroll County historians are planning two days of tours of the route the raiders took when they fled Nebo while being pursued by Union forces. There is an OHS kiosk marking a skirmish on state Route 39 in Carroll County at the Sharp farm near Salineville where several casualties occurred.
The Wellsville museum HM committee is planning to commemorate the raiders' first night in captivity at 3 p.m. on July 28.
While Morgan and his immediate officers were held under guard at the hotel, the other raiders were spread out over the town. They were fed and dressed and even went swimming in the Ohio River with the town's residents.
Along with other activities there will be a presentation of John Hunt Morgan's ceremonial sword, which was presented to the Whitacre House Hotel owner "for treating him with grace and dignity" during his confinement before being shipped by rail to the Ohio State Penitentiary.