Ripley in Brown County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Squirrel Hunters
Over 15,000 armed men went to defend Cincinnati from the advancing Confederates. They came dressed in all types of clothing and armed with an assortment of weapons usually used to hunt squirrels. A Confederate scout reported that, “they call them Squirrel Hunter: farm boys that never had to shoot at the same squirrel twice.” For two weeks, the Squirrel Hunters manned hastily prepared but substantial earthworks
Erected 2003 by the Ohio Bicentennial Commission, the Scotts Company—founded by a Civil War veteran, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 9-8.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list.
Location. 38° 44.723′ N, 83° 50.729′ W. Marker is in Ripley, Ohio, in Brown County. Marker is on Main Street just west of South 2nd Street, on the left when traveling west. It is at the Union Township Public Library. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 27 Main St, Ripley OH 45167, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battery F Ripley / Ripley Cannon (a few steps from this marker); Liberty Monument (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ripley and the Ohio RiverSite of the Home of Senator Alexander Campbell (approx. 0.2 miles away); Doctor Beasley (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mr. Thomas Kirker (approx. ¼ mile away); Eliza’s Tale (approx. ¼ mile away); First Home of Rev. John Rankin (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ripley.
Also see . . . The Squirrel Hunters: Citizen Soldiers and the Defense of Ohio in the Civil War. 2012 article by Richard Donegan for the Oberlin Heritage Center. “The Squirrel Hunters were instrumental in denying Cincinnati to General Heth’s Confederates, thus turning them back deeper into Kentucky to fight General Buell’s men. In this way they were also helpful in getting the Emancipation Proclamation issued. Historians have held that the fate of the Emancipation Proclamation was contingent upon General McClellan’s success in blocking Lee’s intrusion into Maryland. But one can imagine Lincoln would have been hard pressed to issue the Proclamation had one of the Union’s major cities been sacked by Confederates who seemed able to strike at the North with impunity.” (Submitted on June 17, 2019.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 17, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 17, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 135 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 17, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.