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Wheeling in Ohio County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Defenders of the Union

1861 — 1865

 
 
The Defenders of the Union Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 27, 2010
1. The Defenders of the Union Marker
View of the front side of the historical monument.
Inscription. [Front Side of Monument]

Rich Mountain
Antietam, Gettysburg,
Vicksburg, Cloyd Mountain
Opequan, Appomattox.


[Back Side of Monument]

They counted not their
lives dear unto them.

 
Erected 1880 by The Soldiers Aid Society of Wheeling.
 
Location. 40° 3.454′ N, 80° 40.196′ W. Marker is in Wheeling, West Virginia, in Ohio County. Marker can be reached from Wheeling Park Drive east of National Road (U.S. 40). Click for map. This historical monument is located in Wheeling Park, just off of the National Road, near the "Madonna of the Trail" monument. It is situated on the top of a hill that overlooks the National Road, and can be reached by using an un-named roadway that leads up the south side of the hill's slope from the community park's Wheeling Park Drive. Marker is in this post office area: Wheeling WV 26003, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. In Honor of All who Served (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); State’s Birthplace (about 600 feet away); Madonna of the Trail (about 600 feet away);
The Defenders of the Union Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 27, 2010
2. The Defenders of the Union Marker
A close-up view of the text on the lower half of the front side of the historical monument.
a different marker also named The Madonna of the Trail (about 700 feet away); The National Pike (about 700 feet away); Jesse Lee Reno (about 700 feet away); Elm Grove Stone Bridge (approx. 1.1 miles away); Forks of Wheeling Creek (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Wheeling.
 
More about this marker. I was hoping to find some indication on the monument of a specific Union regiment or military unit that this monument might be dedicated to, but I was unable to locate any such text or inscription on the monument. A close examination of the stone surface of the main text of the monument gave me the impression that perhaps a portion of the text had been sanded off of the surface of the stone.
 
Also see . . .  Soldiers and Sailors Monument - Wheeling, West Virginia. Theclio.com presents a brief history of the monument. (Submitted on November 25, 2015.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Defenders of the Union Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 27, 2010
3. The Defenders of the Union Marker
Close-up view of the text on the upper half of the front of the historical monument.
The Defenders of the Union Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 27, 2010
4. The Defenders of the Union Marker
A close-up view of the text on the lower half of the back side of the historical monument.
The Defenders of the Union Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 27, 2010
5. The Defenders of the Union Marker
Close-up view of the text on the upper half of the back of the historical monument.
The Defenders of the Union Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 27, 2010
6. The Defenders of the Union Marker
View of the sculpted figure on the left side of the historical monument.
The Defenders of the Union Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 27, 2010
7. The Defenders of the Union Marker
View of the sculpted figure on the right side of the historical monument.
The Defenders of the Union Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 27, 2010
8. The Defenders of the Union Marker
View of the sculpted West Virginia state emblem, with state motto, on the upper front side of the historical monument.
The Defenders of the Union Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 27, 2010
9. The Defenders of the Union Marker
<i>WHEELING, W. VA.     Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1910
10. WHEELING, W. VA.     Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument
Originally, the monument was located on the corner of 16th and Chapline Streets upon the grounds of the old county courthouse that is no longer there today. When the courthouse was demolished in April of 1926, it was moved to Leatherwood Cloverleaf. However, the monument was never assembled at this location because of controversy associated with the location itself. For 30 years, the monument was left unassembled while it remained at the Leatherwood Cloverleaf. In June of 1956, the monument was moved to Linly Military Institute, which was located at Thebdah Place. Just over two years later, the monument was again moved and this time reassembled at Wheeling Park on October 30, 1958. - theclio.com
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 579 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   10. submitted on . • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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