Wheeling in Ohio County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
To The Defenders of the Union
1861 — 1865.
[Front Side of Monument]
Vicksburg, Cloyd Mountain,
lives dear unto them.
Erected 1880 by The Soldiers Aid Society of Wheeling.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 40° 3.866′ N, 80° 43.308′ W. Marker is in Wheeling, West Virginia, in Ohio County. Marker can be reached from Market Street (West Virginia Route 2) north of 16th Street, on the right when traveling north. In 2018 the monument was moved from Wheeling Park to the north side of West Virginia Independence Hall. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1528 Market Street, Wheeling WV 26003, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The First Campaign (within shouting distance of this marker); Independence Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Custom House (within shouting distance of this marker); Baltimore and Ohio Passenger StationB & O Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); The Athenaeum (within shouting distance of this marker); The Steamboat "Washington" (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); First State Capitol (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wheeling.
More about this marker. The monument, better known as the "Soldiers' & Sailors' Monument", was dedicated May 30, 1883 at its original location at 16th & Chapline St near the southwest corner of the old City County building. In 1958 it was moved to the highest bluff in Wheeling Park. In 2018 the restored monument (including the missing musket and tips of the shoes) was relocated outside the West Virginia Independence Hall. It was rededicated on Memorial Day, May 27, 2019.
Regarding To The Defenders of the Union. I was hoping to find some indication on the monument of a specific Union regiment or military unit that this monument might be dedicated to, but I was unable to locate any such text or inscription on the monument. A close examination of the stone surface of the main text of the monument gave me the impression that perhaps a portion of the text had been sanded off of the surface of the stone.
Also see . . .
1. Soldiers and Sailors Monument - Wheeling, West Virginia. Theclio.com presents a brief history of the monument. (Submitted on November 25, 2015.)
2. WV historic property inventory form (pdf file). Two surveys of the monument during its time at Wheeling Park. An updated form will be added for the new location. (Submitted on July 10, 2019, by Ernest Everett Blevins of Charleston, West Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 16, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 753 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on January 16, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 10, 11, 12. submitted on July 10, 2019, by Ernest Everett Blevins of Charleston, West Virginia. 13. submitted on November 25, 2015. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.