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Looking at Morgan's Raid relating to the Wintersville area, the accounts are somewhat confusing to interpret. A skirmish took place near today's interchange of State Route 43 and U.S. 22 between Morgan's men and the 9th Michigan Calvary of Monroe County, Michigan. The skirmish took place on Saturday, July 25, 1863 and a newspaper account of the time said that, "the Michigan 9th overtook him at the Two Ridge Church, and a lively skirmish ensured in which two men were badly wounded."
An August 13 article reported that both men were doing well. Their names were James Nelson Carney and Martin Kane. One of Morgan's men, W.G. Page, was also wounded and doing well. Another article on August 29, 1863 reports that Martin Kean (spelled differently) had died and would be buried in the Two Ridges Cemetery. His cemetery monument says his name was "Caine."
In the newspaper on May 29, 1913, a 63-year-old Ross Coe writes a historical narrative on the 50th anniversary of the skirmish. He lived in the Coe House where the soldiers were being cared for after the skirmish. His is the memory of a 13-year-old boy, watching what was likely the most exciting thing he had ever experienced.
He recalls the wounded soldiers as Martin Kean, Nelson Carney, and William Page. Dr. Markle of Wintersville tended to the men who were taken to "Grandma Coe's house." They were at the house for a month until Kean died. He states that Carney was furloughed back to Michigan, and Page was sent to Fort Delaware. The rest of the volume provides an interesting insight, or lack of insight into this event of history.
One 1963 history never mentions the wounded soldiers, the other quotes the Coe letter of 1913 and the death of Kean. Other accounts note that Henry Parks was mortally wounded in Wintersville, as was Margaret Dougherty as she leaned out the window of Maxwell House. A different source gives her last name as Duvall. Sources vary on whether Mrs. Dougherty survived, one has her killed by the shot, and another noted that she recovered from her wounds.
Articles written about all of Morgan's Raid in Ohio generally omit the injured soldiers in the Wintersville area.So what is correct? This is a fascinating example of sources and research, and different people assembling what they think is correct. It keeps libraries in business!