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

Liberty Monument

The Men Who Wrought For Liberty and The Men Who Fought For Liberty

Liberty Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, June 11, 2019
1. Liberty Monument
This image shows the west and north faces of the monument. The Kentucky shoreline can be seen in the distance across the Ohio River.
(west-facing tablet)
The men who wrought for Liberty were the forerunners of the Abolition Movement culminating in the Civil War. • They were the intermediaries between the anti-slavery men of the American Revolution and the anti-slavery men of the Civil War period. • Of Scotch-Presbyterian ancestry, these leaders left their homes and friends in Virginia, the Carolinas, and other slave states, coming in the years indicated to this “the Virginia Military District of Ohio.” •• Senator Alexander Campbell, the first abolitionist in Ohio — 1803. • Colonel James Poage, the founder of Ripley — 1804. • Rev. James Gilliand, an apostle of freedom — 1805. Rev John T. Rankin, a founder of Abolitionism — 1821. •• Here they freed their slaves and gave themselves over to the Cause of Liberty.

The men who fought for Liberty were descendants of the men who wrought for Liberty, serving both on land and sea. • Before Fort Sumter fell a meeting of the people was held in the Third Street Methodist Church, and while still in session, a courier came hastily into
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the church announcing the fall of Sumter, whereupon a Company was organized at once. • Every great battle found them upholding the Flag of Freedom long unfurled by their courageous ancestors.

The Men Who Wrought for Liberty. Rev. John T. Rankin, Rev. James Gilliland, U.S. Senator Alexander Campbell, Col. James Poage, Thomas McCague, Thomas Collins, Dr. Alfred Beasley, Theodore Collins, Samuel Kirkpatrick, John Parker (colored), Dr. Greenleafe C. Norton — Decatur, Rev. Jesse Lockhart — Russelville, Rev. John B. Mahan — Sardinia. These were the leaders of a large host of men who co-operated in the Abolition Movement.

The Men Who Fought for Liberty. The Army: General Ulysses S. Grant, Brigadier General Jacob Ammen, Brigadier General Augustus V. Kautz, Brigadier General Granville Moody. The Navy: Rear Admiral Albert Kautz, Rear Admiral Joseph Fyffe, Rear Admiral Joseph N. Hemphill, Rear Admiral Edward R. Moore. Ripley also sent out two companies of infantry, two batteries of artillery, and one troop of cavalry. And many river men who enlisted in the Navy.
Erected 1912 by Frank M. Gregg.
Topics. This historical marker and monument is listed in these topic
Liberty Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, June 11, 2019
2. Liberty Monument
This view shows the south and east faces of the monument and the intersection of Front Street, running left to right, and Main Street, on the right. The building across the street is the Union Lodge, built in 1855.
lists: Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansSettlements & SettlersWar, US CivilWar, US Revolutionary. A significant historical year for this entry is 1803.
Location. 38° 44.704′ N, 83° 50.801′ W. Marker is in Ripley, Ohio, in Brown County. Marker is at the intersection of Front Street and Main Street on Front Street. It is at the foot of Main Street at the Ohio River. 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. Ripley and the Ohio River (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battery F Ripley / Ripley Cannon (about 300 feet away); The Squirrel Hunters (about 400 feet away); Site of the Home of Senator Alexander Campbell (about 800 feet away); Doctor Beasley (approx. 0.2 miles away); Eliza’s Tale (approx. ¼ mile away); Mr. Thomas Kirker (approx. ¼ mile away); First Home of Rev. John Rankin (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ripley.
More about this monument. The phrase “wrought for” as it is used in this
Liberty Monument at the Ohio River image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, June 11, 2019
3. Liberty Monument at the Ohio River
monument can be thought to mean “worked to establish”: “The men who worked to establish Liberty.”
Regarding Liberty Monument. This monument has also been called Freedom Landing.
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia entry for Virginia Military District of Ohio. “The Virginia Military District was an approximately 4.2 million acre area of land in what is now the state of Ohio that was reserved by Virginia to use as payment in lieu of cash for its veterans of the American Revolutionary War. ... The land was located in southern Ohio, bordered by the Ohio River on the south, the Little Miami River on the west, and the Scioto River on the east and the north.” (Submitted on June 17, 2019.) 

2. James Poage. “He disliked and was opposed to human slavery. In 1804, he took up one thousand acres of Survey No. 418 in Ohio, along the Ohio River, the center of which contains the town of Ripley, and here he made his home and laid out a town ... He located this tract because he wanted to free his slaves, and to do it, had to remove to a free state.” (Submitted on June 17, 2019.) 

3. Rev. James Gilliland. “From 1805 until his death forty years later Rev Gilliland preached at Red Oak against slavery and for the first seventeen years of that time was pre-eminent among abolition
Liberty Monument, west-facing tablet image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, June 11, 2019
4. Liberty Monument, west-facing tablet
leaders in southern Ohio. In 1830 he headed an effort to compose a pastoral letter, together with Samuel Crothers, on the subject of slavery. Eighteen-thousand copies of this letter were printed.” (Submitted on June 17, 2019.) 

4. John Rankin, Abolitionist. “Within a few months, however, despite Tennessee’s status as a slave state, he summoned the courage to speak against ‘all forms of oppression’ and then, specifically, slavery. He was shocked when his elders responded by telling him that he should consider leaving Tennessee if he intended ever to oppose slavery from the pulpit again. He knew that his faith would not allow him to keep his views to himself, so he decided to move his family to the town of Ripley across the Ohio River in the free state of Ohio, where he had heard from family members that a number of anti-slavery Virginians had settled.” (Submitted on June 17, 2019.) 
Liberty Monument, south-facing tablet image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, June 11, 2019
5. Liberty Monument, south-facing tablet
This tablet faces the Ohio River and Kentucky
Liberty Monument, east-facing tablet image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, June 11, 2019
6. Liberty Monument, east-facing tablet
Liberty Monument, north-facing tablet image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, June 11, 2019
7. Liberty Monument, north-facing tablet
Credits. This page was last revised on June 18, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 17, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 722 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on June 17, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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