Travel A Historic Path
Travel the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail through Washington County and Southern Indiana. John Hunt Morgan was a Confederate general and cavalry officer in the American Civil War. He led 2,460 troops in a daring raid, called Morgan’s Raid, racing past Union lines into Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio in July 1863. This was the farthest north any uniformed Confederate troops penetrated during the war. Morgan and his raiders reached Salem on July 10, 1863, coming north from Corydon. Upon entering Salem at approximately 9 a.m., Morgan immediately took possession of the town and placed guards over the stores and streets.
The cavalrymen burned the large, brick railroad depot, along with all the train cars on the track and the railroad bridges on each side of the town. Morgan demanded taxes from the two flour mills that belonged to DePauw and Knight, and from the Allen Wollen Mill. Morgan’s men looted stores and took about $500 from the area before departing about 3 p.m. They turned east and tore up more railroad track and downed telegraph wires in Canton before leaving Washington County.