Near Gap Mills in Monroe County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Andrew S. Rowan
Erected 1978 by West Virginia Department of Culture and History.
Location. 37° 33.832′ N, 80° 24.73′ W. Marker is near Gap Mills, West Virginia, in Monroe County. Marker is at the intersection of West Virginia Route 3 and County Route 8, on the right when traveling south on State Route 3. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gap Mills WV 24941, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. William J. Humphreys / Gap Mills (approx. 0.3 miles away); Great Eastern Divide (approx. 4.8 miles away); Rehoboth (approx. 5.4 miles away); Rehoboth Church (approx. 5½ miles away); First Corn Club (approx. 7.3 miles away); Union College (approx. 7.3 miles away); Bishop Matthew W. Clair, Sr. (approx. 7.4 miles away); Gen. John Echols House (approx. 7.4 miles away).
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. It is to a nearby marker about Colonel Rowan.
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia entry for Andrew Summers Rowan. “With tensions between the United States and the Spanish (who then ruled Cuba) growing, President William McKinley saw value in establishing contact with the Cuban rebels who could prove a valuable ally in case of war with Spain. McKinley asked Colonel Arthur L. Wagner to suggest an officer to make contact with Garcia's rebels. Wagner suggested Rowan, by now Captain, who then traveled to Cuba via Jamaica. Rowan met Garcia in the Oriente Mountains and established a rapport. Rowan garnered information from Garcia who was eager to cooperate with Americans in fighting the Spanish. Rowan returned to the US and was given command of a force of ‘Immunes,’ African-American troops assumed to be immune to tropical diseases found in Cuba. He received the Distinguished Service Cross.” (Submitted on June 1, 2015.)
2. Wikipedia entry for Calixto García. “The essay ‘A Message to Garcia’ by Elbert Hubbard was written in reference to U.S. intelligence officer Andrew Rowan's successful mission, against great odds, to establish contact with García early in the Spanish–American War. According to language expert Charles Earle Funk, ‘to take a message to Garcia,’ meaning to accept an extremely difficult challenge, was a popular U.S. slang expression (Submitted on June 1, 2015.)
Categories. • Notable Persons • War, Spanish-American •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 1, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 279 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 1, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.