corydon battle park
The Morgan Raid Through Harrison County
By Arville L Funk
In July of each year, Harrison County commemorates the anniversary
of the Morgan Raid through Indiana. The greatest resistance to Morgan
and his Confederate Cavalry was put forth by Harrison County, and the
two skirmishes at the Brandenburg Crossing and the Battle of Corydon
claimed the lives of several of citizens of Harrison County. On each
anniversary, it is appropriate that we once again remember these gallant
citizens who not only died in the actual fighting, but died as a result of the raid.
The Battle of Corydon and the Battle of Gettysburg were two of the very
few battles fought on Northern soil and both were fought at the same time.
The known casualties in the county in the actual fighting were eight killed
and six wounded. In addition, there were two known deaths that were a
direct result of the Raid in July, 1863.
The known deaths were:
LT. JAMES CURRANT (Current) - from Heth Township, wounded at
Brandenburg Crossing July 8, 1863 and died the next day. He is buried
at the Crossroads' Cemetery near Mauckport.
GEORGIA (JEREMIAH) NANCE from Laconia, killed at the Brandenburg
Crossing. He is buried at tho Beswick Cemetery, (Radmaker Farm, east of Laconia).
NATHAN McKINZIE killed at the Battle of Corydon, July 9, 1863, buried
at Buttontown Cemetery, 2 miles south of Greenville, Floyd County, Indiana.
HARRISON STEEPLETON killed at the Battle of Corydon, buried at Union
Chapel, Boone Township.
COL. JACOB FERREE - wounded at Battle of Corydon, died several days
later buried on his farm in Boone Township.
ISAAC LANG - died from a heart attack suffered in the retreat from the
Battle of Corydon, July 9, 1863.
WILLIAM HETH - Toll Road keeper, killed at his toll gate on the east edge
of Corydon on the New Albany Toll Road (S.R. 62). Killed July 9, 1863 and
buried at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Corydon.
REV. PETER GLENN - Lutheran minister, killed of his farm, four miles south
of Corydon on Road 135, buried at Jordan's Cemetery, just across the road
from his farm. The other two deaths that were a direct result of the raid were: MISS ABBIE SLEMONS - died in August, 1863 as a result of the hardship
and exhaustion during the raid. MRS. CYNTHIA BOOKER DENBO - died of exhaustion on July 16, 1863
as a result of the raid. The known wounded and injured from the county were: CAPT. WILLIAM FARQUAR - injured in an accident in the fight at the
Brandenburg Crossing, July 8, 1863. JOHN GLENN - son of Rev. Glenn, wounded in both logs in the fight at his
father's house, four miles south of Corydon. CALEB THOMAS - wounded in the Battle of Corydon. Also there were three other county Home Guards wounded at the Brandenburg
Crossing. In addition to the known casualties, several deaths were reported in the county
that could not be confirmed because of lack of accurate details. The true Confederate losses in Harrison County will probably never be known.
Official records state at least eight were killed and approximately forty were wounded. The known Confederate losses in Harrison County were: PVT. ALBERT WOMACK - 9th TN Cav., died of wounds suffered in the Battle
of Corydon. Body buried of Cedar Hill Cemetery, Corydon, later returned to
McMinnville, TN., his home. PVT. JOHN DUNN - Co. D, 2nd KY Cav., killed at the Glenn house. PVT. GREENE BOTTOMER - killed at the Battle of Corydon, buried at Cedar Hill
Cemetery, Corydon. CAPT. W. H. WILSON - Quartermaster, 1st Brigade, wounded in Brandenburg
Crossing. LT. P. H. THORPE - Co. A, 2nd KY Cav., wounded at Battle of Corydon. PVT. ARTHUR JOHNSON - 2nd KY Cav., wounded at Battle of Corydon. PVT. CHARLES BEST - 2nd KY Cav., wounded of Battle of Corydon. PVT. LEN A. SHARP - Co. A. 8th KY Cav., wounded at Battle of Corydon. PVT. R. S PORTER, Co. C, 2nd KY Cav., wounded at Battle of Corydon. The other Confederate dead were probably buried at the old Edward Smith farm on the south hill, and now no traces remain of the old graveyard. The old Presbyterian Church building, which stood on south Capitol Avenue was used as a hospital for Morgan's Confederate wounded and dying soldiers. That night, after the lost of the Confederate Raiders had galloped on north toward Salem, those wounded of Morgan's number who were left behind in Corydon were cared for by the townspeople until they were able to return south. As was told years ago by many of the older citizens of Corydon: "Those of Morgan's men who were left behind were nursed and cared for by the citizens of Corydon and not one of Morgan's wounded were molested or mistreated by Corydon's citizens."