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Major General William Starke Rosecrans / Glacial Erratics

 
 
Major General William Starke Rosecrans Face of Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 13, 2018
1. Major General William Starke Rosecrans Face of Marker
Shown behind the marker is a statue of General Rosecrans astride a horse. The statue is mounted on the glacial erratic described on the back of the marker.
Inscription. Major General William Starke Rosecrans. W.S. Rosecrans, soldier, engineer, architect and inventor, was born in Kingston Township in 1819. After graduation from West Point in 1842, he served in the Engineering Corps then taught at West Point. As a civilian, he engineered a river lock system and perfected lamp oil. During the Civil War, Rosecrans command Union Armies of the Ohio, the Cumberland, and the Missouri, and developed a popular war-time ambulance. “Old Rosy” led his troops to victory at Iuka, Corinth, Stones River and Tullahoma. He helped raise $789,000 for soldiers relief and designed St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Columbus. He later served as Minister to Mexico, Registrar to the U.S. Treasury and as a Congressman from California. He died in 1898 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

"Stand by your flag and country, my men!” —Rosecrans at the Battle of Stones River, October 4, 1862

Glacial Erratics. The base of this statue is a 40,000 pound glacial erratic pushed to central Ohio from Northern Ontario by the Wisconsin glaciers from 110,000 to 10,000 years ago. It is formed from ancient volcanic magma more than 2.5 billion years ago. It is one of the five largest glacial erratics in Ohio.

Ohio’s largest crystalline erratic is located three miles
Glacial Erratics Face of Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 13, 2018
2. Glacial Erratics Face of Marker
east of Sunbury. This large, oval-shaped granite boulder is 22 feet long, 18 feet wide and 8 feet high with a circumference of 72 feet. The weight of the exposed portion of the erratic is about 200 tons.
 
Erected 2013 by Big Walnut Area Historical Society, Rosecrans Command Headquarters, Delaware County Foundation, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 19-21.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 40° 14.571′ N, 82° 51.565′ W. Marker is in Sunbury, Ohio, in Delaware County. Marker is at the intersection of East Cherry Street (Ohio Route 37) and Columbus Street, on the right when traveling west on East Cherry Street. Touch for map. It is on the Sunbury Village Square. Marker is in this post office area: Sunbury OH 43074, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sunbury Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Sunbury, Ohio / Sunbury Town Hall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Purple Heart Memorial (about 800 feet away); Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial (about 800
Ohio’s Largest Crystalline Erratic image. Click for full size.
Close-up of photo embedded in the marker
3. Ohio’s Largest Crystalline Erratic
feet away); Galena (approx. 2.2 miles away); Birthplace of Gen. Wm. S. Rosecrans (approx. 3.3 miles away); McDannald Pioneer Homestead (approx. 5.7 miles away); Benajah Cook Sawmill and Farmstead (approx. 6.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sunbury.
 
Also see . . .
1. About the Major General William Starke Rosecrans Memorial. This page contains photos of the boulder being moved to and placed on the square and of the sculptor working on the equestrian statue. (Submitted on May 13, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.) 

2. Wikipedia Entry for William Rosencrans. “Given command of the Army of the Cumberland, he fought against Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg at Stones River, and later outmaneuvered him in the brilliant Tullahoma Campaign, driving the Confederates from Middle Tennessee. His strategic movements then caused Bragg to abandon the critical city of Chattanooga, but Rosecrans’ pursuit of Bragg ended during the bloody Battle of Chickamauga, where his unfortunately worded order mistakenly opened a gap in the Union line and Rosecrans and a third of his army were swept from the field. Besieged in Chattanooga,
Marker, Statue on Erratic, and the 1868 Sunbury Town Hall image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 13, 2018
4. Marker, Statue on Erratic, and the 1868 Sunbury Town Hall
Rosecrans was relieved of command by Grant.” (Submitted on May 13, 2018.) 
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesNatural FeaturesPoliticsWar, US Civil
 
General W.S. Rosecrans on his horse Bony image. Click for full size.
Bronze by Alan Cottrill photographed by J.J. Prats, May 13, 2018
5. General W.S. Rosecrans on his horse Bony
This larger-than-life bronze by Alan Cotrill was dedicated September 28, 2013
General Rosecrans and His Horse Bony image. Click for full size.
Bronze by Alan Cottrill photographed by J.J. Prats, May 13, 2018
6. General Rosecrans and His Horse Bony
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 15, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 13, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 63 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 13, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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