After his capture in Columbiana County, Gen. John Hunt Morgan and his men were in military custody, and at least one report had been published that he had been taken to Cincinnati.
On Aug. 8, 1863, the Daily Banner published a report from a correspondent of the Daily Commercial, published a week before, on what was happening with Morgan and his officers.
The enlisted men were probably sent to Camp Chase at Columbus, but, for some reason, Morgan and his officers were being sent to the State Penitentiary in Columbus. Why they were sent there instead of Johnson’s Island in Sandusky Bay, which was the prison for captured officers, has never been clear.
“Well, the great raider is done at last, and wiped out, along with 29 co-thieves. He was incarcerated this afternoon in that stanch hotel, called the Ohio Penitentiary. They were delivered over to Capt. Merino by the military authorities, and immediately put through the same motions as other criminals — persons searched, hair and beards shaved, bathed and clad in clean suits. Morgan and Cluke submitted very quietly, but some of the younger thieves demurred bitterly, until told they must submit. Morgan had his belt filed with gold, greenbacks and Confederate notes. One who had before broken his parole, refused to strip when it was instantly done for him. Cluke begged for his mustache, but it was no go — it was razored. They will be compelled to submit to prison discipline, but confined apart from the convicts, and guarded day and night by the military. One or two talked about retaliation, but the rule against speaking was instantly enforced.”
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