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Ripley in Jackson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Partisan Raid

Ripley Post Office

 
 
Partisan Raid Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 14, 2014
1. Partisan Raid Marker
Inscription. During the Civil War, both Union and Confederate supporters formed guerrilla bands. Each government denounced the other sideís partisans as bushwhackers or common thieves but gave those on their own side an official military designation as cover. When Capt. George Downs, of Calhoun County, formed the Moccasin Rangers, for example the Confederate government designated the unit the 19th Virginia Cavalry.

On December 19, 1861, the Rangers raided Ripley. Union Lt. Owen G. Chase, 9th (West) Virginia Infantry who was in town that day recruiting for Federal forces had disarmed the residents and locked the weapons in the jail. He probably suspected many of the townspeople of being Confederate sympathizers. Chase then marched his recruits west of town.

That evening, Pvt. Daniel Duskey and twelve other Rangers came into Ripley, took the arms from the jail, looted J.L. Armstrongís store, and robbed local residents. When Postmaster John J. Wetzel refused to unlock the post office door, Duskey retorted that he had a key to unlock any door and kicked it down. The Rangers took everything of value, including all of Wetzelís clothing except what he was wearing.

Duskey and Jacob Varner, another Ranger, were captured a few weeks later. They were convicted of robbery as civilians, since the government did not recognize the
Civil War Trails Markers image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 14, 2014
2. Civil War Trails Markers
legitimacy of the Rangers, and were confined in Albany N.Y. On November 25, 1862, Confederates captured Union Capt. William Gramm and Lt. Isaac A. Wade near Charleston and then held them in Richmond. President Abraham Lincoln pardoned Duskey and Varner on June 13, 1863, so that they could be exchanged for the officers.

"As the Judge, Jury, Marshal, District Attorney and Post Master General join in asking a pardon in this case, I have concluded to grant it. The Attorney General will please make it out & send it to me." —President Abraham Lincoln.

(captions)
(upper left) Capt.George Downs Courtesy Ken Connell
(center bottom) Gov. Arthur I. Boreman visiting Duskey in prison in Wheeling Courtesy West Virginia State Archives
(lower right) Lincolnís pardon Courtesy National Archives and Records Administration
 
Erected by West Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the West Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 38° 49.152′ N, 81° 42.715′ W. Marker is in Ripley, West Virginia, in Jackson County. Marker is at the intersection of Court Street North and West Main Street (U.S. 33), on the left when traveling north on Court Street
Jackson County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 14, 2014
3. Jackson County Courthouse
North. Touch for map. The marker is located on the grounds of the Jackson County Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Ripley WV 25271, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ripley (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Ripley (here, next to this marker); Brother Harry Ripley (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Ripley (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Staats Mill Covered Bridge (approx. 2.2 miles away); The Casto Hole (approx. 2.2 miles away); Staats Mill Bridge (approx. 7.2 miles away); Ravenswood / Ohio River Ford (approx. 8.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ripley.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Erected 1915 in Memory of Federal Soldiers-War 1861-6 image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 14, 2014
4. Erected 1915 in Memory of Federal Soldiers-War 1861-6
Located on the grounds of the Jackson County Courthouse
In Honor of Veterans image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 14, 2014
5. In Honor of Veterans
The marker is located on the grounds of the Jackson County Courthouse
In Honor of Veterans image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 14, 2014
6. In Honor of Veterans
Located on the grounds of the Jackson County Courthouse
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 12, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 261 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 12, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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