POMEROY — The interpretive and directional signs to mark the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail across Meigs County have arrived and will be erected over the next few weeks by Meigs County Engineer Eugene Triplett’s crew at the county highway garage.
The goal of the Ohio Civil War Trail Commission, according to Edd Sharp, chairman, is to have the all the trail markers throughout 20 counties across the southern part of Ohio in place by May 30 — just in time for Meigs County’s commemorative events of the Civil War sesquicentennial.
As for Meigs County, the first of the interpretive signs was placed in the kiosk at the Buffington Island Memorial Park last summer. The remaining 10 interpretive markers, each 36 by 24 inches displayed in a metal case, will be erected at locations of significance to Morgan’s move through the county. Each of the large markers tells the story of Morgan’s Raid through Meigs County.
The sign locations are Salisbury Township, Rock Springs, Chester, Bashan, Portland, Old Portland Road, Dry Run, North End Valley, Long Bottom and Reedsville.
In addition, 81 small directional signs will be placed along the path followed by Morgan and his militia of about 2,000 cavalrymen as they moved toward Buffington Island where they planned to cross the Ohio River into territory more friendly to the Confederacy.
A dedication of the trail has been planned by the Heritage Trail Commission and the Ohio Historical Society for July 20 at the Buffington Island Memorial Park in Portland in conjunction with other events taking place that day.
It is that July weekend that the sesquicentennial of the only Civil War battle fought on Ohio soil will be commemorated with battle reenactments, wartime lifestyle demonstrations and a memorial service for those who were killed in the Battle of Buffington Island.