Corydon Battlefield

In late June 1863, Confederate cavalry commander and guerrilla leader John Hunt Morgan launched a raid from Kentucky into Indiana, hoping to attack Indianapolis and draw Federal troops away from Pennsylvania (which was being approached by General Robert E Lee’s army). At the town of Corydon, which was then Indiana’s state capitol, Morgan’s force of 2500 cavalry were confronted on July 9 by a line of just 400 local militiamen who were positioned atop a hill. The Federal militia managed to surround and capture a company of Morgan’s advance force, but in the following brief fight, Morgan drove them to surrender, captured the town, and held it briefly. Upon learning that Indianapolis was too heavily defended for him to attack (and hearing the news of the Confederate defeats at Gettysburg and Vicksburg), he turned east and headed into Ohio instead.

Today, the Battle of Corydon is commemorated by a five-acre county park which protects a portion of the battlefield.  The park has interpretive signs, a replica cannon, some stone markers, and a wooden cabin which originally stood on the edge of the battlefield but was dismantled and relocated here in 2011. The Battle of Corydon, though relatively minor, is considered to be the northernmost set battle of the Civil War (though there were some raids further north).

Some photos:

The hill upon which the defenders were positioned

The park

At the time, this area was open pastureland, and these trees were not here

Replica Civil War cannon

Stone marker

Map of the battlefield

The cabin






One thought on “Corydon Battlefield

  1. The battlefield is about an hour away from Louisville, over the Indiana border. Next week I wanna visit the Perryville Battlefield in Kentucky, about 90 minutes from Louisville.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s