This Day in Dayton, 24 July
Late on July 8, 1863, news came that John Hunt Morgan’s forces were crossing the Ohio at Brandenburg, and 400 soldiers were already in Harrison County. At 8:00 in the morning, July 9, 1863, local militia units met at the Court House for the trip to New Albany. Alarms went up all over the state as news of the invasion spread. The supposed target was Indianapolis and the Confederate prison camp at Camp Morton. The Legion was called out, and several regiments of volunteers were hastily raised. Men from all over the state converged on Indianapolis. On Friday, July 10, the Courier reported on troops being raised. Among them were forty “able-bodied volunteers” from Sheffield township, including Dr. Seawright (a Democrat). About 400 men left on the train for Indianapolis, with seventeen cars loaded with troops following the next day.