Columbus in Franklin County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Ovid Wellford Smith
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 & Patriotism • War, 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. 39° 56.543′ N, 83° 1.992′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Ohio, in Franklin County. Marker can be reached from Greenlawn Avenue. Marker is in Section C of Green Lawn Cemetery. Touch for map. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Our Unknown Dead (approx. 0.2 miles away); Franklin County Civil War Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Green Lawn Cemetery (approx. 0.7 miles away); Council Site Between William Henry Harrison and Indians (approx. 1.1 miles away); Maurice Gates (approx. 1.2 miles away); Maynard E. Sensenbrenner (approx. 1.3 miles away); Lucas Sullivant Home Site (approx. 1.4 miles away); Old Franklinton Cemetery (approx. 1½ 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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 20, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,244 times since then and 16 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.