Battery F, 1st Ohio Light Artillery, was organized in Ripley by Major Daniel T. Cockerill. It was heavily engaged at the Battle of Stone River, Tennessee, January 1, 1863. Aiding in the repulse of repeated attacks “with great slaughter,” Major . . . — — Map (db m135379) HM
With news of hostilities at Fort Sumter in South Carolina, Ripley men formed one of Ohio’s first military units and established Camp Ripley on what was the 12-acre Ripley Fairgrounds. Chosen as Captain was West Point graduate Jacob Ammen. His unit . . . — — Map (db m135348) HM
Charles Young in RipleyUpon his death in 1922, Colonel Charles Young was the highest ranking African American officer in the United States Army. Born into slavery in Kentucky in 1864, Young moved to Ripley with his parents Gabriel and . . . — — Map (db m180613) HM
This tablet marks the site of the residence of Doctor Beasley, anti-slavery sympathizer and advocate.
In a night encounter at the ferry landing, both a master and a slave were severely wounded. The slave escaped but lay in the barn of Theodore . . . — — Map (db m135540) HM
In the winter of 1838 a slave woman and her baby began their journey to freedom. To avoid capture in Kentucky she crossed the ice floes in the Ohio River to the safety of the Ripley Shore. The story of Eliza in Uncle Tom’s Cabin was based on . . . — — Map (db m135537) HM
This three-family dwelling was the first permanent home of famed Underground Railroad Conductor Rev. John Rankin. Rev. Rankin, wife Jean, and their young family settled in Ripley, Ohio, in 1822 when he accepted the call to become the minister of . . . — — Map (db m135533) HM
John Parker came to Ripley in 1847 and networked with other established conductors on Ripley’s Underground Railroad: Rev. John Rankin; Thomas, Eli & Theodore Collins, & Rev. James Gilliland.
Before and during the Civil War, John Parker led a . . . — — Map (db m135454) HM
Parker and Hood Foundry was owned by John P. Parker and William Hood. They manufactured many farm and household items. They produced 3 sizes of sugar mills. The sugar mills crushed sugar cane or sorghum. The juice extracted could be made into . . . — — Map (db m135471) HM
John P. Parker (1827–1900). Born into slavery. Bought his freedom at the age of 18. Underground Railroad Conductor. He helped hundreds of freedom seekers. Mentor to Colonel Charles Young.
There is quiet symbolism built into this 1 . . . — — Map (db m135477) HM
• Born into slavery 1827
• First sold at age 8
• Forced to march from Norfolk Virginia to Mobile Alabama
• Bought by a doctor
• The doctor’s sons taught him to read and write
• Learned the trade of iron moulding
• Bought his freedom at . . . — — Map (db m135475) HM
“I knew him (John Parker) as a boy, as the man who was afraid to walk on the sidewalk. Winter and summer, rain or shine, he invariably walked in the middle of the street. He did so because Ripley was an old town with many narrow alleys, out of . . . — — Map (db m135452) HM
(west-facing tablet) The men who wrought for Liberty were the forerunners of the Abolition Movement culminating in the Civil War. • They were the intermediaries between the anti-slavery men of the American Revolution and the anti-slavery . . . — — Map (db m135396) HM
This tablet is erected to Rear Admiral Joseph Fyffe. On Jan. 25th, 1865, as commander of a wooden gun boat The Hunchback, he attacked alone two Confederate Iron Clads which retreated up the James.
Admiral Fyffe always held that day in . . . — — Map (db m135479) HM
Ripley was incorporated as the village of Staunton in 1812. Its name
was changed in 1816 to honor General Eleazer Wheelock Ripley, a hero
of the War of 1812. In the years before railroads. Ripley was
principal Ohio River shipping center. Also . . . — — Map (db m135431) HM
A part of the Virginia Military District, Ripley was founded in 1812 by Colonel James Poage, a veteran of the Revolutionary War. Originally named Staunton, after Poage’s home town in Virginia, the village comprised 1,000 acres along the Ohio river. . . . — — Map (db m135427) HM
This tablet marks the site of the home of Senator Alexander, doctor, merchant, and early anti-slavery leader. A Virginian by birth, he moved to Ohio in 1803, freeing his slaves. U.S. Senator from 1809 to 1813. At the burning of the Capitol by the . . . — — Map (db m135720) HM
John and Miranda had seven children.
1. John P. Parker, Jr. (1849–1871), Oberlin College. Died while in college.
2. Hale Giddings Parker (1851–1925), Oberlin College and Law School. Was Superintendent & Lawyer.
3. Cassius Clay . . . — — Map (db m135474) HM
This tablet marks the residence of General Granville Moody, ‘The Fighting Parson,’ preacher and soldier. At the laying of the cornerstone of the Methodist Church, like Elijah of old, he prayed that an impending storm be stayed, and the clouds hung . . . — — Map (db m135503) HM
The American Civil War was in its second year, and Confederate forces were advancing in the east and in the west. Confederates led by General Edward Kirby Smith had defeated a Union Force at Richmond, Kentucky on August 30, 1862. Word was received . . . — — Map (db m135372) HM