Michael Yates received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Huntington College (now Huntington University) in 2001, and spent the next twelve years telling the story of history to inquisitive grade schoolers. A native of Jennings County, Indiana, the story of Morgan’s Raid took place in his backyard, and is one of his favorites. Michael is also a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky (M.Div., 2010). He, his wife, and their three children recently moved from their fifth-generation family farm in southern Indiana to West Virginia, where he serves as an associate pastor at Grace Chapel Baptist Church.
This article follows John Hunt Morgan's 1863 raid through the eyes of contemporary Indiana newspapers. As editors traced the movements of Morgan's "freebooters" and "myrmidons" across Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio, they sang the praises of Hoosiers ready to treat the invaders to "a war fandango," and concluded, "Hurrah for us!" Local pride and colorful language make this a journey worth the trip.