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Ovid Wellford Smith

 
 
Ovid Wellford Smith Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., October 18, 2008
1. Ovid Wellford Smith Marker
Inscription.  
In Memory of Ovid Wellford Smith who is buried here. At 16, he enlisted as James Smith in the 2nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment and volunteered for the famous Andrews Raid to destroy Confederate supply lines. The raiders captured “The General” locomotive at Big Shanty, Georgia, on April 12, 1862. Although Smith did not actually participate, he was equally recognized and received the Medal of Honor, July 6, 1864.
 
Erected 1985 by The Ohio Gun Collectors Association, Doug Byrum, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 12-25.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Patriots & PatriotismWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients, and the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1908.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 39° 56.543′ N, 83° 1.992′ W. Marker was in Columbus, Ohio, in Franklin County. It was in Southwest
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Columbus. Marker could be reached from Greenlawn Avenue. Marker is in Section C of Green Lawn Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 1000 Greenlawn Avenue, Columbus OH 43223, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Ovid Wellford Smith / Medal of Honor Recipients at Green Lawn (a few steps from this marker); George A. Blount (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Our Unknown Dead (approx. 0.2 miles away); Franklin County Civil War Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Reverend Washington Gladden / Washington Gladden Quotes (approx. 0.3 miles away); Reverend James Preston Poindexter (approx. 0.3 miles away); Washington Townsend (approx. 0.4 miles away); Founding of Veterans of Foreign Wars / VFW Founders Day (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
 
Regarding Ovid Wellford Smith. Smith's infiltration to Marietta Georgia was compromised and thus he was not actually on the "General" during the locomotive chase. However, he was captured by Confederates and held (in the same jail as the other raiders) for a period of time. Smith later escaped and rejoined his unit. (Submitted on October 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Also see . . .  Ovid Wellford “James” Smith. Find A Grave entry (Submitted on February 20, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Ovid Wellford Smith Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., October 18, 2008
2. Ovid Wellford Smith Marker
 
 
Ovid Wellford Smith Grave Markers image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., October 18, 2008
3. Ovid Wellford Smith Grave Markers
Ovid Wellford Smith Military Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., October 18, 2008
4. Ovid Wellford Smith Military Grave Marker
Ovid Wellford Smith image. Click for full size.
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5. Ovid Wellford Smith
Entrance to Green Lawn Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., October 10, 2008
6. Entrance to Green Lawn Cemetery
1000 Greenlawn Avenue.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 11, 2024. It was originally submitted on October 20, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,490 times since then and 106 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 20, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   5. submitted on February 20, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   6. submitted on October 20, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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Jul. 20, 2024