Indiana Trails

    Wearing their Grand Army Of the Republic (GAR) Badges, a group of Civil War Veterans from the John T. Benson Post posed for a picture in front of the Old Grange Hall in Lanesville, probably sometime around 1900. Many of the towns in Harrison County at that time had a GAR post. similar to our American Legion Post, said historian Frederick P. Griffin. These men fought on the Union side in the Civil War. Stanley Meyer, who got the picture from the late Pearl Faith, and several others tried to identify the men but several are still unknown. Standing from left to right are John Gresham, J.J. Bulleit, George Schaffer (the post adjutant), James Harbeson, George Hamm, Thomas Lyskowinsky and an unknown man. Sitting, from left to right are an unknown man, Mr. DeArk, two unknown men, Theodore Routh and Adam Staker July 9, 1863  was the date of the Battle Of Corydon, the only Civil War besides Gettysburg that was fought on northern soil. On that day 2,500 of Morgan's Raiders (under General John Hunt Morgan) fought off about 400 of the Harrison Home Guard, then moved north.

Battle Of Corydon  

Location: Harrison
Campaign: Morgan’s Raid in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio (July 1863)
Date(s): July 9, 1863
Principal Commanders: BCol. Lewis Jordan [US]; Brig. Gen. John Hunt Morgan [CS]
Forces Engaged: 2,200 total (US 400; CS 1,800)
Estimated Casualties: 401 total (US 360; CS 41)

Description: On July 2, 1863, Brig. Gen. Morgan, with about 2,450 hand-picked cavalrymen, rode into Kentucky to disrupt the communications of the Union Army of the Cumberland, which began its operations against Bragg’s Army of Tennessee (Tullahoma Campaign) on June 23. Crossing the Cumberland River at Burkesville, Morgan’s column advanced to the Green River where it was deflected by a Union regiment at Tebb’s Bend on July 4. Morgan surprised and captured the garrison at Lebanon, Kentucky, then rode via Springfield, Bardstown, and Garnettsville. On July 8, Morgan crossed the Ohio River at Mauckport, Indiana, despite orders to remain south of the river in Kentucky. Union military officials called out the militia in Indiana and Ohio and worked feverishly to organize a defense. On July 9, near Corydon, Indiana, elements of Morgan’s force encountered about 400 Home Guards and captured most of them. As Morgan continued eastward to Ohio, destroying bridges, railroads, and government stores, Federal columns converged to prevent Morgan from recrossing into Kentucky.
Result(s): Confederate victory (CWSAC Battle Summaries)