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Wheeling in Ohio County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Charles Ellet, Jr.

(1810 – 1862)

 
 
Charles Ellet, Jr. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 29, 2005
1. Charles Ellet, Jr. Marker
Inscription.
This notable American engineer designed
the Wheeling Suspension Bridge, completed in 1849.
Ellet’s other engineering accomplishments included:
improving flood control and navigation of mid-western rivers;
planning the layout of railways in Virginia, and
developing the naval steam ram used by Union forces during the Civil War.

Ellet’s daughter, Mary Virginia Ellet Cabell, served as the only
President Presiding, 1892 – 1893, of the
Daughters of the American Revolution.

Marker placed by
Wheeling Chapter, DAR,
1999

 
Erected 1999 by Wheeling Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
 
Location. 40° 4.197′ N, 80° 43.742′ W. Marker is in Wheeling, West Virginia, in Ohio County. Marker is at the intersection of Virginia Street (U.S. 40) and South Front Street, on the right when traveling east on Virginia Street. Touch for map. Marker is on the Wheeling Island (west) end of the suspension bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Wheeling WV 26003, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking
Charles Ellet, Jr. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 29, 2005
2. Charles Ellet, Jr. Marker
Marker can be seen to the right of the 8' 0" sign.
distance of this marker. Wheeling Suspension Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wheeling Suspension Bridge - 1849 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Henry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Marsh Wheeling Stogies (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Wheeling Suspension Bridge (approx. ¼ mile away); In Memoriam (approx. ¼ mile away); Pennsylvania Depot (approx. ¼ mile away); Wheeling (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wheeling.
 
Also see . . .  Mary Virginia Cabell Ellet. Historical Hall of Fame, Virginia History Series. (Submitted on August 2, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Civil War
Colonel Charles Ellet was mortally wounded at the battle of Memphis on June 6, 1862 while commanding the United States Ram Fleet, a group of Mississippi towboats converted to steam rams by Ellet himself.
    — Submitted August 2, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.

 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsWar, US Civil
 
Charles Ellet image. Click for full size.
By John Abbott - Harper's Magazine, 1866
3. Charles Ellet
This photo of Charles Ellet appeared in "Charles Ellet and His Naval Steam Rams". Harper's New Monthly Magazine XXXII (CLXXXIX): p. 295.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 2, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 276 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 2, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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