Ripley (HM7D9)

Location: Ripley, WV 25271 Jackson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 49.151', W 81° 42.716'

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Jackson County Courthouse

— The Blue and Gray Trail —

Jackson County was created by an act of the Virginia Assembly on March 1, 1831, and named in honor of President Andrew Jackson.

The first courthouse on this site was a brick structure. The land for the courthouse square was donated by Jacob and Ann Starcher. The second courthouse, a cut stone and brick structure, was completed in 1856 and was in use at the time of the Civil War. During the War Between the States, the people of Jackson County were divided in political opinions. Some wanted to remain with Virginia and fight for the Southern cause. Others supported joining the Union as a new and separate state. These different viewpoints led to great civil unrest between neighbors and relatives. The bitter feelings remained many years after the war.

Confederate and Union troops moved back and forth through Jackson County during the war. On September 3, 1863, General Albert Jenkins, while on a Confederate Cavalry raid through central West Virginia, entered Ripley with about 500 men. They took provisions from local businesses and relieved a United States military paymaster of $5,525.00. The next morning they moved on to Ravenswood and then crossed into Ohio.

In 1915, a statue in memory of the Federal soldiers was erected on the courthouse square. The two bronze cannons displayed on this site are "mountain howitzers." These cannons were well designed for the mountain terrain of West Virginia. They could easily be disassembled and loaded on pack animals for transport over rough roads.
HM NumberHM7D9
Series This marker is part of the West Virginia Civil War Trails series
Placed ByWest Virginia Civil War Trails
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 11:12pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 438195 N 4296952
Decimal Degrees38.81918333, -81.71193333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 49.151', W 81° 42.716'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 49' 9.06" N, 81° 42' 42.96" W
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Area Code(s)304
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-198 Court St N, Ripley WV 25271, US
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