After eluding Union forces at the Battle of Buffington Island on July 19, 1863, Confederate Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan and about 400 of his cavalrymen headed into eastern Ohio in search of an escape route back to the South. On July 26, a combined force of about 3,000 Federals caught up with Morgan near Salineville in Columbiana County, Ohio. Morgan tried to fight his way out, but was overwhelmed, losing most of his men. Twenty-three were killed and about 300 were captured. Morgan himself briefly eluded capture until he surrendered near West Point, Ohio, about eight miles from Salineville, at 2 p.m.