Jackson in Jackson County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
John Wesley Powell / Morgan's Raid in Jackson, 1863
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
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 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 walking distance of this marker. James A. Rhodes (within shouting distance of this marker); Commercial Apple Orchards in Jackson County / The Jackson County Apple Festival (within shouting distance of this marker); Jackson (within shouting distance The Scioto Salt Licks / The Scioto Salt Works (within shouting distance of this marker); 53rd O.V.I. Regiment / Camp Diamond (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Trails / The Kanawha Trail (about 500 feet away); McKinley Park / William McKinley (approx. ¼ mile away); James Cemetery / Major John James (approx. half a mile 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.)
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • Education • Exploration • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 22, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 23, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 2,421 times since then and 64 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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