Morgan's Indiana-Ohio Raid

In July, General Morgan moved his Confederate cavalry through Kentucky again. He passed through Campbellsville in Taylor County, Bardstown in Nelson County, and Brandenburg in Meade County. He crossed the Ohio River at Brandenburg on the night of 8-9 July and continued his raid in Indiana and Ohio. He surrendered his force on 26 July 1863 in southern Ohio.

Newport Barracks Kentucky Weather
July 1863
Morgan's Indiana-Ohio Raid´┐Ż

Another dry spell occurred in July, August and September of 1863. Confederate Brigadier General Morgan's cavalry, on their third raid into Kentucky, crossed the Ohio River at Brandenburg during the night of 8-9 July 1863. At 9 p.m. on 8 July, Dr. Shaw the Assistant Surgeon at Newport Barracks, Kentucky, upriver on the Ohio River, was making the climate observations for the U.S. Army. On the 7th of July, he had noted that 0.08 inch of rain fell between 2:00 and 2:30 p.m. But, this Wednesday night the sky had cleared and he recorded the temperature as a rather hot 80°F with a relative humidity of 75% and a light easterly wind. By the next morning (9 July 1863) it had only cooled to 72°F with the relative humidity at 70% under a still clear sky with light wind from the south. The dry weather remained until showers of 0.20 inch on the 21st and 0.35 inch on the 25th. The 2 p.m. temperature on 8 July was 84°F with a relative humidity of 75%. Cooler and drier air moved in with winds shifting to come mostly from the north and, by the 2 p.m. on the 16th, temperature was only 66°F with a relative humidity of 50%. By the 26th, the day Brigadier General Morgan's force surrendered at West Point, Ohio, the afternoon temperature was 86°F with a sultry 80% relative humidity accompanied by southwest winds. A rather hot day for the cool reception the Confederate had received.