Somerset in Perry County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Sheridan Monument / 1829 Courthouse
The Sheridan monument was erected by and given to the Village of Somerset by the State of Ohio in 1905 to honor the memory of Somerset's General Phillip Henry Sheridan. "Little Phil" was raised in Somerset and graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1852. He rendered valuable service to the Federal Army in the Civil War at Stone's River, Missionary Ridge, Yellow Tavern, Winchester, Cedar Creek, Five Forks, and Appomattox. He later commanded in the West and became General of the Army in 1883, received his fourth star, and died in 1888. The heroic sculpture, created by Carl Heber of New York, portrays "Sheridan's Ride" to Winchester. Somerset citizens paid for the granite base through a children's "penny fund."
Commenced in 1828, this building was Perry County's first true courthouse. The sandstone jail was completed in 1848 and a common roof connected both structures. Old '29 commands a largely intact agrarian public square common during the Federal period. The edifice is the oldest continuously in service public building in the Old Northwest Territory (1787). The Federal style, characterized by symmetry, grace, and simple ornamentation, was common throughout the Old Northwest and the upper
Erected 2002 by American Legion Post 58, Village of Somerset, and the Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 1-64.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 39° 48.45′ N, 82° 17.996′ W. Marker is in Somerset, Ohio, in Perry County. Marker is at the intersection of North Columbus Street (Ohio Route 13) and East Main Street (U.S. 22), on the right when traveling west on North Columbus Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Somerset OH 43783, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Lutheran Synod (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); General Philip Henry Sheridan (about 700 feet away); A Seed of Catholic Education in Ohio / The Cradle of Catholicity in Ohio (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Sheridan Homestead Zion Reformed Church (approx. 6 miles away); Birthplace of Thomas A. Hendricks (approx. 9.7 miles away); Bremen World Wars Memorial (approx. 9.9 miles away); Eagle’s Nest (approx. 9.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Somerset.
Categories. • Government • Heroes • War, US Civil •
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