Battle of Buffington Island Facts

July 19, 1863

Key facts about the Battle of Buffington Island.

John Hunt Morgan portrait

On July 8, 1863, Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan and approximately 2,000 Confederate soldiers crossed the Ohio River into southern Indiana. Morgan’s Raid reached its pinnacle on July 19 at the Battle of Buffington Island near Portland, Ohio, in Meigs County. [Wikimedia Commons]



  • July 19, 1863


  • Meigs County, Ohio


  • Morgan’s Raid in Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio

Principal Union commander:

  • Brigadier General Edward H. Hobson

Principal Confederate commander:

  • Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan

Union troops engaged:

  • Edward H. Hobson’s federal cavalry
  • Ohio militia

Confederate troops engaged:

  • John Hunt Morgan’s cavalry

Number of Unions soldiers engaged:

  • Roughly 3,000

Number of Confederate soldiers engaged:

  • Roughly 1,700

Estimated Union casualties:

  • 25 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)

Estimated Confederate casualties:

  • 900 (52 killed, 100 wounded, 750 captured)


  • Union victory

Citation Information

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  • Article Title Battle of Buffington Island Facts
  • Coverage July 19, 1863
  • Author
  • Keywords Battle of Buffington Island
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date February 6, 2023
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update April 21, 2022

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