Since our last column in June, huge Union victories in the Civil War occurred. On July 1-3, 1863, the North had won the significant battle defeating Gen. Lee and decimating his army at Gettysburg. Also, in early July, the battle of Vicksburg was won by the North. Both were recorded as pivotal battles of the war. Locally, Confederate Gen. Morgan conducted his famous raid in Ohio in late June and early July in 1863. Since Wood County ended up being one of the targets of this crazy and fruitless raid, we will cover it in detail in a later column.