POMEROY — When we think of the Civil War and its relevance to Meigs County, we think of Morgan’s Raid and the Battle of Buffington Island.
But there was another invasion of Confederate troops on Union soil in Meigs County, according to local historian Keith Ashley.
And now that we are in the midst of the sesquicentennial commemoration of the War of the Rebellion, more commonly known as the Civil War, Ashley brings our attention to the fact that Meigs County had a unique place in the war being the location of the first invasion of Confederate troops on Union soil known as “Jenkins’ Raid.” That raid preceded the more famous Morgan’s Raid by almost a year.
A commemoration of that event is set to be held at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8, at the military monument of the Racine American Legion Post at its post headquarters.
The event is being sponsored by the Ohio Commander Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States — the oldest Civil War organization in Ohio.
Both Union and Confederate groups are slated to participate. A history of the raid will be given. A member of the family of Confederate General, Albert Gallatin Jenkins, is slated to participate.
Local civic, patriotic, and veterans’ organizations are invited to participate by the presentation of a wreath at the ceremony. Groups wishing to do so should contact Ashley 992-7874 for details.
The public is invited to attend the commemorative event.
The Ohio Historical Society announced last week that the once missing historical marker recognizing Brigadier General Albert G. Jenkins raid into Ohio in 1862 has been restored to its proper place at Buffington Island State Memorial. It is located near the new exhibit kiosk at the park on State Route 124 in Portland.