Civil Warr Art

"Out Foxin' The Enemy"

This scene depicts Gen. John Hunt Morgan and his raiders during his fourth Kentucky raid in the Summer of 1863. While he confers with two of his scouts on moving his men around the Union troops in the distance, a mother fox is having the same problem eluding Morgan and making it back to her den.

This was probably Morgan's most dangerous and the most famous of his raids into Kentucky. Without the authorization of his superiors, Morgan crossed the Ohio River and worked his way into Indiana and Ohio making it the farthest North any Southern force would advance in the course of the war. His plans were to enlist new recruits in Kentucky, wreak havoc on the Federal supply sources through Indiana and Ohio, and cross into Pennsylvania to join forces with Lee. Unfortunately his plans ended when he was captured near New Lisbon, Ohio on July 26th, 1863. A few months later Morgan did manage to escape from prison with several of his men by tunneling out.

Morgan launched one final raid into Kentucky in June of 1864, but this one yielded nothing as far as horses or prisoners. While visiting a friend on September 4th, 1864, Morgan was surprised by Federal forces. While trying to escape on foot, Morgan was shot in the back by a Federal private only to die in the streets of Greenville, Tennessee. This seemed to be an unseemly death for such a daring and brave soldier of the cause of Southern freedom.


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