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John Wesley Powell / Morgan's Raid in Jackson, 1863

 
 
John Wesley Powell Marker (Side A) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 15, 2009
1. John Wesley Powell Marker (Side A)
Inscription.
Side A: John Wesley Powell (1834-1902)
Scientist and explorer of the American West, John Wesley Powell moved from New York to Jackson with his family in 1838 and lived here until 1846. He developed an early interest in geology from his tutor "Big" George Crookham, a Jackson salt boiler, educator, and abolitionist. Powell served in the Union Army during the Civil War and lost his right arm at Shiloh in 1862. Later he became professor of geology at Illinois Wesleyan University. In 1869, he led a nine-man expedition in the first exploration of the entire length of the Colorado River, providing the first scientific description of the Grand Canyon. Subsequently Powell helped found the U.S. Geological Survey and served as its director from 1881 to 1894.

Side B: Morgan's Raid in Jackson, 1863
Late in the evening of July 16, 1863, Confederate General John Hunt Morgan entered Jackson with 2,000 cavalrymen, meeting with no resistence. Finding many townspeople assembled, the raiders took the men as prisoners and held them at the fairground. They then foraged the town at will, taking food and all available horses. The raiders also burned the Cincinnati and Marietta Railroad depot and destroyed the office of The Standard, the Republican newspaper. Morgan made his headquarters at the Isham House, directly
Morgan's Raid in Jackson, 1863 Marker (Side B) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 15, 2009
2. Morgan's Raid in Jackson, 1863 Marker (Side B)
across the street from this marker. He continued eastward on the afternoon of July 17. Strongly divided politically during the Civil War, Jackson received no speical consideration by Morgan. Both unionists and “Copperheads” (southern sympathizers) suffered equally.
 
Erected 2001 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, The City of Jackson, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 4-40.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail in Ohio, and the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 39° 3.131′ N, 82° 38.216′ W. Marker is in Jackson, Ohio, in Jackson County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (Ohio Route 93) and Broadway Street, on the left when traveling east on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is adjacent to the county courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 226 E. Main Street, Jackson OH 45640, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Scioto Salt Licks (within shouting distance of this marker); Trails / The Kanawha Trail (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); James Cemetery / Major John James
John Wesley Powell / Morgan's Raid in Jackson, 1863 Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 15, 2009
3. John Wesley Powell / Morgan's Raid in Jackson, 1863 Marker
Courthouse in background.
(approx. half a mile away); Leo Petroglyph (approx. 7.1 miles away); Hanging Rock Region (approx. 9.6 miles away); Buckeye Furnace (approx. 9.6 miles away); Scales (approx. 9.6 miles away); Stock Shed (approx. 9.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jackson.
 
Also see . . .
1. John Wesley Powell. (Submitted on November 23, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Morgan's Raiders. (Submitted on November 23, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Jackson image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 15, 2009
4. Jackson
Childhood home of
John Wesley Powell,
First explorer of the
Grand Canyon
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 23, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 2,308 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 23, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   4. submitted on November 24, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
 
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