Parkersburg in Wood County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Historic Blennerhassett Island
Blennerhassett Island has been almost continuously inhabited for 13,000 years, for most of the time by prehistoric Indians. The famous Indian guide and trailblazer Nemocolin lived there in the 1760s. Other illustrious visitors to the island included George Rogers Clark, Johnny Appleseed, Henry Clay, Walt Whitman, and “Gentleman Jim” Corbet.
During the Civil War, in July 1863, members of the 15th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, commanded by Col. William Wallace, guarded the Blennerhassett Island ford at the lower end of the island during the famous raid into Ohio by Confederate forces under John Hunt Morgan. An anticipated crossing at the ford did not materialize.
Location. 39° 15.758′ Touch for map. The marker is located in Fort Boreman Park. Marker is in this post office area: Parkersburg WV 26101, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Beautiful Ohio River (here, next to this marker); Historic Parkersburg (West) Virginia (a few steps from this marker); Fort Boreman (a few steps from this marker); Parkersburg in 1861 (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Boreman During the Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Boreman Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Railroads (approx. 0.3 miles away); Blennerhassett Island (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Parkersburg.
Categories. • Anthropology • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 11, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 246 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 11, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.