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Jasper in Pike County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Jasper

A Union Martyr

 

—John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail —

 
Jasper Marker - A Union Martyr image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 9, 2017
1. Jasper Marker - A Union Martyr
Inscription. Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan and his main column of Confederate raiders entered Jasper on the afternoon of July 16, 1863. They brought with them the prisoners captured at Stoney Ridge, including one Joseph McDougal, who had been argumentative with his captors en route to Jasper and vocal in the expression of his strong Union beliefs.

On arrival, Morgan sought a new guide to the next town. When no one stepped forward, the men gathered up McDougal and ordered him to be the guide. When McDougal refused, the raiders tied him up, placed him in a boat on the Scioto River, and shot at him until another guide volunteered. In the process, McDougal was killed. Joseph McDougal was buried in the old Jasper Methodist Church cemetery on the hill behind you.

Morgan's Raiders quickly turned violent, looting stores in town and burning several canal boats. After terrorizing Jasper, the Confederates crossed the Ohio & Erie Canal Bridge and burned it behind them.

[Photo caption]: The Confederates' anger with an outspoken Unionist prompted a spree of destruction in Jasper, including the burning of the Ohio & Erie Canal bridge.

Text: Edd Sharp
Illustration: Bev Kirk

 
Erected 2013 by the Ohio Department of Transportation,
Jasper Marker looking east on Jasper Road towards State Highway 104. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 9, 2017
2. Jasper Marker looking east on Jasper Road towards State Highway 104.
the Ohio History Connection, and the Ohio Civil War Trail Commission. (Marker Number 16.)
 
Location. 39° 2.921′ N, 83° 3.297′ W. Marker is in Jasper, Ohio, in Pike County. Marker is on Jasper Road (County Road 43) 0.2 miles west of State Route 104, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Jasper Road, Jasper OH 45642, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Underground Railroad in Pike County (approx. 2 miles away); Piketon (approx. 2.1 miles away); Stoney Ridge (approx. 3 miles away); Pike County Veterans Memorial (approx. 6.4 miles away); Pike County Twentieth-Century War Memorial (approx. 6.4 miles away); Pike County Revolutionary Soldiers (approx. 6.4 miles away); Canal Park (approx. 6.4 miles away); German Evangelical Church / Pike Heritage Foundation Museum (approx. 6.6 miles away).
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsWar, US Civil
 
Jasper Marker - A Union Martyr with State Route 32 in background. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 9, 2017
3. Jasper Marker - A Union Martyr with State Route 32 in background.
Old Jasper Methodist Church, on hill across street from marker. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 9, 2017
4. Old Jasper Methodist Church, on hill across street from marker.
The Jasper Methodist Cemetery is no longer active. There are many old gravestones, and although some are in good condition, the majority have been damaged. The cemetery grounds are very well maintained.
Newer Joseph McDougal grave marker in Jasper Methodist Cemetery. image. Click for full size.
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5. Newer Joseph McDougal grave marker in Jasper Methodist Cemetery.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 13, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 13, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 64 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 13, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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