Glen Allen in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
A Pioneer and Entrepreneur
In 1859, he moved to Selma, Alabama and became half owner of the “Morning Reporter.” When the Civil War started, he joined the Confederate army and served as a scout. He was quickly promoted to lieutenant. After a handful of victories, the Yankees captured him on the third day of Gettysburg. They detained him for eight months in prisons at Fort McHenry, Fort Delaware, Johnson’s Island and Point Lookout. The North released him and he served out West until the close of the war.
In 1862, Confederate Colonel Belo challenged John Cussons to a duel for giving orders to his regiment without authority. The men agreed to use “Mississippi Rifles” and met for the first time in a field accompanied by their friends. They shot two rounds without satisfaction and they proceeded to reload their rifles. Their friends called for a truce and the event was over. Colonel Belo received
After the Civil War, Cussons returned to Glen Allen. He married Susan Sheppard Allen in 1864. Susan Allen was the widow of Benjamin Allen after whom Glen Allen was named. She was also the sister of Dr. John Sheppard of Meadow Farm, a residence still standing along Mountain Road.
Cussons started a lucrative printing company in 1868. He patented a calendar and popularized the practice of using it as an advertising medium. He is attributed with inventing the flip-top desk and perpetual calendars. His company, “Cussons, May and Company” sold druggist labels and calendars throughout the United States, Canada and Great Britain.
Toward the end of his life, Cussons, a successful soldier, explorer, historical writer, and landowner, became more reclusive. The six feet three inches tall Cussons, called “Wau-zee-hos-ka” which meant ‘the tall pine tree’ by the Sioux, died in 1912. He is buried at Hollywood Cemetery in the Oregon Hill section of Richmond.
Erected by County of Henrico.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Native Americans • Notable Events • Railroads & Streetcars • War, US Civil.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Glen Allen VA 23060, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Forest Lodge (here, next to this marker); Forest Lodge Belvedere (within shouting distance of this marker); Walkerton (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Glen Allen School (about 800 feet away); Glen Allen (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mountain Road (approx. 0.3 miles away); Glen Allen Baptist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); American Legion Post 244 (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glen Allen.
Also see . . . Brookland District Historic Sites - Forest Lodge Cupola. Henrico County Historical Society (Submitted on November 15, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
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