Major General William Starke Rosencrans. W.S. Rosecrans, soldier, engineer, architect and inventor, was born
in Kingston Township in 1819. After graduation from West Point
in 1842, he served in the Engineering Corps then taught at West
Point. As a civilian, he engineered a river lock system a
perfected lamp oil. During the Civil War, Rosecrans command
Union Armies of the Ohio, the Cumberland, and the Missouri, and
developed a popular war-time ambulance. "Old Rosy" led his troops
to victory at Iuka, Corinth, Stones River and Tullahoma. He helped
raise $789,000 for soldiers relief and designed St. Joseph's
Cathedral in Columbus. He later served as Minister to Mexico,
Registrar to the U.S. Treasury and as a Congressman from California.
He died in 1898 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
'Stand by your flag and country, my men!" —Rosecrans at the Battle of Stones River, October 4, 1862
Glacial Erratics. The base of this statue is a 40,000 pound glacial erratic pushed
to central Ohio from Northern Ontario by the Wisconsin glaciers
from 110,000 to 10,000 years ago. It is formed from ancient volcanic magma more than 2.5 billion years ago.
It is one of the five largest glacial erratics in Ohio.
Ohio's largest crystalline erratic is
located three miles
east of Sunbury.
This large, oval-shaped granite boulder
is 22 feet long, 18 feet wide and 8
feet high with a circumference of 72
feet. The weight of the exposed portion
of the erratic is about 200 tons.