DOVER -- James Nichols and John McGown, both of Tuscarawas County, were among the 4,375 Ohio residents who had their horses taken and other valuables stolen by Morgan's Raiders during the Civil War. The State of Ohio reimbursed them about $65 per horse. Others in neighboring counties were not as lucky. In Harrison County, Salathiel Kennedy said the raiders took three overcoats, one pistol, 19 pocket knives and a pair of suspenders. He was reimbursed just $30.
Also, not as lucky, was Hugh Baxter of Guernsey County who claimed he had to feed 9 rebels who also stole 600 cigars, 20 pounds of crackers, and 10 pounds of candy from him. He received no compensation. His Guernsey neighbor, William Myers, filed a claim for "keeping a wounded rebel." He asked $5 for his unusual service. He received nothing, too.
These stories and hundreds more are part of the Morgan's Raid presentation scheduled for Thursday, July 31 at 6:30 p.m. in the Dover Public Library. The story teller is Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Lester V. Horwitz. His presentation will include hundreds of historic photos. Many of these images are from his book, The Longest Raid of the Civil War. Autographed copies will be available during Mr. Horwitz's appearance.
The book is the first complete chronicle of Morgan's famous raid through Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio in July 1863. The raid route covered over 1,000 miles starting on July 2 and ending with Morgan's capture 24 days later just 70 miles south of Cleveland. Today, there are over 700 highway signs and directional signs marking the raiders' path through the Buckeye state.
The author is writing a follow up book, After the Raid, which will tell what happened to people who were affected by the raid after the war including their descendants up to today's date. If you have a story you are willing to share bring it to the library on July 31. The library is at 525 N. Walnut St., Dover. For information, call the library at 330-343-6123. Admission is free.