Ripley in Brown County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Battery F Ripley / Ripley Cannon
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 canister, then double-canister, fairly
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 across the Georgetown Pike at Cornick’s Run. The trees
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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is January 1, 1863.
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 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.
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. Wiard rifle. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on December 20, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. 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.)
Additional keywords. Wiard 3-inch rifle
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 17, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 289 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on June 17, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.