This week, 150 years ago, Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan raided Lexington, Ky.
According to the Associated Press, Morgan’s cavalry overpowered Union forces on Oct. 18, 1862 and briefly captures its garrison before withdrawing.
The raids stirred up fear in the border states.
In another matter, J.E.B. Stuart raided Chambersburg, Pa., following the Battle of Antietam. By Oct. 11, 1862, Stuart’s raiders turned back 100-plus mile raid into the North, shocking Union forces, the AP reported.
Union Major Gen. George McClellan orders scouts to spy out Confederate positions and troop strength after Antietam.
AP reports: “Since the battle of Antietam, there is less indication in Europe than previously to recognize the Southern Confederacy, and that the result of that engagement, so far as the Government of the United States are concerned, has decidedly had a beneficial influence.”