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Chesterfield in Chesterfield County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

William Ransom Johnson

1782-1849

 
 
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Photographed By Bernard Fisher, March 18, 2010
1. William Ransom Johnson Marker
Inscription.  
William Ransom Johnson lived near here at Oakland. Called the “Napoleon of the Turf,” he dominated American horseracing early in the 19th century. He trained more than 20 champions and achieved national fame from the 30 North-South match races held at Long Island’s Union Track, 1823–1834. The most famous, American Eclipse vs. Sir Henry in 1823, drew more than 60,000 spectators and was the nation’s first major sports event. After Johnson’s Henry lost two of three heats, several bettors lost fortunes. Johnson represented first Petersburg and then Chesterfield County in the Virginia legislature, 1818–1837. He died in Mobile, Alabama.
 
Erected 2007 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number M-60.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsEntertainmentSports. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1834.
 
Location. 37° 19.266′ N, 77° 45.016′ W. Marker is in Chesterfield, Virginia
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, in Chesterfield County. Marker is at the intersection of River Road (Virginia Route 602) and Cedar Creek Road, on the left when traveling west on River Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chesterfield VA 23838, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Eppington (approx. 1.2 miles away); Clover Hill Mining District (approx. 4.8 miles away); Namozine Church (approx. 5.2 miles away); a different marker also named Namozine Church (approx. 5.2 miles away); Lee’s Retreat (approx. 5.2 miles away); Goode's Bridge (approx. 5.9 miles away); Amelia County / Chesterfield County (approx. 6 miles away); Skinquarter Baptist Church (approx. 6˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chesterfield.
 
Also see . . .
1. William Ransom Johnson. NCpedia website entry (Submitted on December 27, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 

2. American Eclipse. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on December 27, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 

3. American Eclipse Challenges Sir Henry. The International Museum of the Horse - The Horse in 19th Century American Sport, Intersectional Match Races (Submitted on March 21, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.) 

4. William Ransom Johnson: Napoleon of the Turf. Randon Thoughts on History website entry (Submitted on December 27, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
William Ransom Johnson image. Click for full size.
via NCpedia, unknown
2. William Ransom Johnson
River Rd & Cedar Creek Road (facing west) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, March 18, 2010
3. River Rd & Cedar Creek Road (facing west)
River Rd & Cedar Creek Road (facing east) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, March 18, 2010
4. River Rd & Cedar Creek Road (facing east)
American Eclipse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Currier & Ives, 1880
5. American Eclipse
The celebrated racehorse and sire of racers. Foaled May 25th 1814, bred by Genl Nathaniel Coles of Dosoris, Queens Co. L.I. got by Doroc (son of the celebrated horse imp. Diomed, and Amanda, by Grey Diomed) out of Millers Damsel, by imp. Messenger. Winner of the great match against Henry for $20,000 a side, 4 mile heats over the Union Course, L.I. May 1823, taking the 2nd and 3rd heats, time 7:49 8:24
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 27, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 21, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,861 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 21, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.   2. submitted on December 27, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   3, 4, 5. submitted on March 21, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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