With the start of the Civil War, Williamsburg had another role to fill: it became intertwined with Morgan's Raid. Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan of the Confederacy was recruited to help distract enemy forces, in this case, the Union armies in Tennessee and Kentucky. But he eventually crossed into Ohio and Indiana as well, despite the fact that he was ordered not to cross the Ohio River. His raid started in Sparta, Tennessee on June 11, 1863 and ended in Salinesville, Ohio on July 26, 1863. In time, Morgan escaped from one of Ohio's penitentiaries and returned south but was not welcomed, and he was never fully trusted by his superiors again.