New Concord in Muskingum County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The New Concord Underground Railroad
Civil War Story
“God had made of one blood all men to dwell upon the earth”
The Scotch-Irish residents of the New Concord area were predominantly Presbyterian, Reformed Presbyterian, Associate Presbyterian and Associate Reformed Presbyterian. The last three denominations were resolutely anti-slavery churches.
Hostile to the stringent Fugitive Slave Act (1855) as immoral, they joined like-minded people in Putnam (to the west) and Barnesville (to the east) in aiding brave fugitives fleeing north towards Roscoe. Norwich, Bloomfield and New Concord harbored a total of six “safehouses.” Fourteen residents were “conductors.”
A cabin built on this site by David Findley in 1809 was the home of Alexander Brown, a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad. Escaping slaves, such as Mary Adaline Lewis of Charlestown, Virginia, hid in a cave at the rear of the lot.
The Brick Hotel
Radical religious views on slavery propelled many local men to service in the Civil War, chiefly in Sherman’s command. Seventy percent of the male population of Union Township served as soldiers. They dominated companies of the 15th, 78th, and 97th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. The 78th was organized by Muskingum College’s music teacher, Horace Munson. Robert Burns Brown, Alexander’s son, was given the Congressional Medal of Honor for actions
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • Churches & Religion • War, US Civil.
Location. 39° 59.609′ N, 81° 44.152′ W. Marker is in New Concord, Ohio, in Muskingum County. Marker is on West Main Street (Old National Road) (U.S. 22/40) east of Spragg Alley, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 64 West Main Street, New Concord OH 43762, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Glenn (within shouting distance of this marker); Robert Francis Harper (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Birthplace of William Rainey Harper (about 300 feet away); New Concord War Memorial (about 400 feet away); New Concord (about 400 feet away); College Drive Presbyterian Church (about 400 feet away); Muskingum College (about 500 feet away); Findley Settlement (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Concord.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 5, 2020, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 91 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 5, 2020, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.