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Ripley in Brown County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Battery F Ripley / Ripley Cannon

 
 
Battery F Ripley Tablet image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 11, 2019
1. Battery F Ripley Tablet
Inscription.  Battery F, 1st Ohio Light Artillery, was organized in Ripley by Major Daniel T. Cockerill. It was heavily engaged at the Battle of Stone River, Tennessee, January 1, 1863. Aiding in the repulse of repeated attacks “with great slaughter,” Major Cockerill being dangerously wounded. At the close of the day Battery F was the only battery that held its original position of the morning at the Battle of Chickamauga on September 19, 1863. After fighting in the morning, in the afternoon it was thrown into a breach made by the enemy with orders “if possible to check him.” After a desperate fight with the assistance of two other batteries, “checked his further advance.”

The next day on the extreme left Battery F, from 9 o’clock until 2 p.m., was in the midst of continuous hard fighting at Kelly’s Field. The enemy endeavoring to turn the left flank, at one time battery F and its infantry support were fighting on three sides. Sergeant Jesse Bloom in command of one section of two guns says of these attacks: “the enemy charged straight up the hill at us yelling like mad men; first I gave them shell, then
Ripley Cannon Tablet image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 11, 2019
2. Ripley Cannon Tablet
canister, then double-canister, fairly blasting them from the front of our guns. Our infantry support was three lines deep back of us; while the front line fired the two other lines loaded, thus keeping up a continuous deadly fire. My men were stripped to their waists, and fought their guns though at times the enemy were less than a hundred feet away and their ammunition was almost exhausted. Time and again the enemy returned to the attack determined to break through. But we held our line to the end.”

Ripley Cannon. The citizens of Ripley purchased at a cost of $1,000 this 3 inch rifled cannon with a caisson (ammunition chest) to protect the town during the civil war. Morgan, Duke, Everett and other Southern raiders had sworn to burn this “...damned abolitionist hellhole to the ground...” with no quarter to its citizens.

In September, 1862, after the battle of Augusta, Kentucky, the rebels, under the command of General Basil Duke, were encamped with many prisoners at Brooksville, Kentucky. The Home Guard, men too old or too young for the front, crossed the river, marched all night in the rain, and, about daybreak, made a surprise attack. At the roar of the cannon, the rebels wheeled and fled.

In July 1863, when the Confederate General John Morgan was making his raid through Ohio, this cannon was placed behind a barricade
The Ripley Cannon and the Battery F Ripley / Ripley Cannon Monument image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 11, 2019
3. The Ripley Cannon and the Battery F Ripley / Ripley Cannon Monument
In the distance is the Squirrel Hunters historical marker. This photograph shows the Battery F Ripley tablet of the monument.
across the Georgetown Pike at Cornick’s Run. The trees along the pike were notched so they could be thrown across the road quickly in case Morgan attempted to raid Ripley. Also, there were gun boats anchored in the river to prevent Morgan from crossing at this point.

After the war, the cannon was fired in salute to Generals Grant and Sherman when they visited Ripley in 1812. During the Ripley Centennial, it was fired by Jesse Bloom of Battery F. Restored in 1962, by the Ripley Women’s Club and the Sesqui-Centennial Committee. It was part of the sesqui-centennial celebration parade. American Legion Posts Nos. 367 and 705 mounted this cannon.
 
Erected 1962.
 
Location. 38° 44.72′ N, 83° 50.735′ W. Marker is in Ripley, Ohio, in Brown County. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. The Squirrel Hunters (a few steps from this marker); Liberty Monument (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ripley and the Ohio River (about 500 feet away); Site 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
The Battery F Ripley / Ripley Cannon Monument, and the Ripley Cannon image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 11, 2019
4. The Battery F Ripley / Ripley Cannon Monument, and the Ripley Cannon
It is on the lawn of the Union Township Public Library. This photograph shows the Ripley Cannon tablet of the monument.
(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.
 
More about this marker. The cannon was restored by Steen Cannons of Ashland Kentucky, who refurbished the original tube and made a new all-aluminum replica of the carriage.
 
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Also see . . .
1. WLTW TV 5 video on the Ripley Cannon. Brian Hamrick’s 2013 report. “One southwestern Ohio city played a pivotal role during the Civil War. A piece of history saved Ripley from Confederate destruction.” (Submitted on June 17, 2019.) 

2. The Village of Ripley, Ohio Restoring rare Wiard 3-inch Rifle. “This is one of two known pieces that have survived. Norman Wiard made two and perhaps four or more of these rifles. The contour approximates the U.S. 3-inch Ordnance rifle form except for the addition of an irregular trunnion band. In every known piece, the individualistic Wiard was the Northern champion of left-handed rifling, often with U-shaped grooves seen nowhere else.” (Submitted on June 17, 2019.) 
 
Additional keywords. Wiard 3-inch rifle
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Wiard 3-Inch Rifled Ripley Cannon image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 11, 2019
5. The Wiard 3-Inch Rifled Ripley Cannon
The Wiard 3-Inch Rifled Ripley Cannon image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 11, 2019
6. The Wiard 3-Inch Rifled Ripley Cannon
Canon Restoration Project Plaque image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 11, 2019
7. Canon Restoration Project Plaque
Plaque is on the north end of the monument. It reads, “Cannon Restoration Project, dedicated August 5, 2012. This restoration was made possible through the dedicated work of the Ripley Friends of the Library and the generosity of citizens and friends of Ripley. Donors: Bristow Pharmacy • U.S. Senator Dr. Alexander Campbell family • Clorinda Malloni Caproni • Citizens Deposit Bank • Harry and Joyce DeVore • Experience Ripley • First State Bank • The Albert & Mary Louise Holtz family • Howard Lee “Shorty” & Mary Helen Kabler • Albert & Mary Liggert’s children •Michael & Marcia Pfeffer • David & Susan Poole and family • Ripley Boat Club, Inc. • Ripley Federal Savings Bank • Ripley Friends of the Library; Ripley Heritage, Inc. • Ripley Women’s Club • Rick, Kristi, Gabe, Erin & Hunder Scott • Randy & Diana Smith • Carol Stivers & Family • Hylda & Jerry Strange • Village of Ripley • Tom and Jean White and family • John Wood Insurance Agency, Inc. • the Zachman family • Don and June Zipperian. • • In memory of: Elizageth N. Hagedorn • A.J. Stivers & A.J. Stivers II • Miriam Stivers Zachman.”
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 17, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 17, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 86 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on June 17, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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