John Hunt Morgan wires Kirby Smith "Lexington and Frankfurt ... are garrisoned with Home Guard. The bridges between Cincinnati and Lexington have been destroyed. The whole country can be secured and 25,000 to 30,000 men with join you at once.
While crossing the Ohio River into Kentucky at Buffington Island, John Hunt Morgan's raiders stumble onto a fortified position. Federals manage to kill or wound 120 and capture 700 men and most of the rest return to Ohio to find an alternate crossing.
Dashing and debonair, John Hunt Morgan was a popular Southern hero during the War for Southern Independence. After serving in the Mexican American War, he returned to Kentucky to run a successful mercantile business in Lexington. Although Kentucky stayed in the Union, the Alabama-born Morgan decided to join the Confederate Army.