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The Battelle Monument


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A memorial to honor the Civil War Soldiers from Newport Township was dedicated on July 6, 1913. It was furnished by the members of the Ross Newport Post of the G. A. R. and J. G. Battelle of Columbus. Ohio.

The Dedication was a major event in Newport. The statue was presented by Colonel J. G. Battelle and the main address was given by Bishop John W. Hamilton of Massachusetts, a former pastor of the Newport Methodist Church.

The statue is of Chaplain (Reverend) Gordon Battelle, teacher, patriot, and leader in the formation of the state of West Virginia. He was born in Newport in 1814, a son of Ebenezer and Mary (Greene) Battelle. He died in 1862 of typhoid fever while serving as a volunteer chaplain in the Union Army.

The statue faces West Virginia because Rev. Battelle was instrumental in the formation of the state. The base of the granite monument weighs twenty tons and costs $2,000.00. The statue was obtained from Vermont and the veterans names were engraved upon it.


From George J. Blazier, West Virginia History, Charleston WV, Vol. 15, No. 3, April 1954

Gordon Battelle 1814 - 1862 became a leading educator and ultimately a clergyman in the Methodist Church, as well as one of the influential men in the founding of West Virginia. He began his higher education in the early 1830's, at Marietta Collegiate Institute and Western Teachers Seminary. Later in the 1830's, he entered Allegheny College at Meadsville, Pennsylvania, where he was graduated in 1840. One of his fellow students with whom he was later to become associated in the founding of the new state became Governor of the Reorganized State of Virginia. Gordon Battelle became a teacher. His first teaching assignment, in 1842, was the principal ship of the newly organized Asbury Academy, founded in Parkersburg by the Parkersburg Academy Association under the sponsorship of the East Ohio Conference of the Methodist Church. A year later, he was called to the principal ship of the newly organized Northwestern Virginia Academy, chartered in 1842, at Clarksburg. This Academy was the successor, by virtue of having the same board of Trustees, to the Randolph Academy that had been chartered there in 1787. Here Battelle earned the high reputation as an educator by which he was known for the remainder of his life.

Throughout his professional life, Battelle had been closely allied with the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1847, he was ordained to its ministry, while still principal of the Academy. In 1851, he was called to the pastorate of the church in Charleston and after much consideration he resigned as principal and accepted the call. He spent the next four years as a church pastor in Wheeling. In 1855, he was appointed presiding elder of the church's Clarksburg District. While in the eldership, he was selected three times: in 1856, 1859, and 1860, as the regional delegate to the General Conference. In the latter year, he was appointed presiding elder of the Wheeling District.

When Battelle accepted the presiding eldership of the Wheeling District, the clouds of conflict between the North and the South were growing darker. His wide acquaintance with the people of the Northern and western section and with the former students of the Northwestern Virginia Academy, and his keen insight into the trends of the political affairs enabled him to write and speak as few other men could in the closing days of peace. Not only did he speak from public platforms, but he also contributed articles to the Wheeling "Intelligencer." Through his newspaper contributions, Battelle influenced the thinking of his reader against secession (as attested by the votes of the western delegates at the Richmond Convention), and second, he emphasized that the western section should separate from the lower part of the state. Too, he foresaw the problems that would arise in the formation of new commonwealth.

Battelle's first appointment to the public service came in October, 1861, when Governor Pierpont of the Reorganized State of Virginia appointed him to visit the military camps in the mountain regions of western Virginia: Philippi,, Elk water, Cheat Mountain, and other points where conditions of insufficient clothing, lack of necessary medical doctors, nurses, and medicines had been reported. He found that the reports were true and in his report made recommendations for relieving the situations. Meanwhile, since the beginning of the War, the agitation for statehood of the people of Western Virginia had been growing in intensity, culmination in the First and Second Wheeling Conventions., May 13 - 15, 1861, and June 11 - 25, and an adjourned session, August 6 - 21. In October, 1861, delegates were elected to a constitutional convention. Gordon Battelle was elected a delegate fro Ohio County. The convention convened on November 26. Battelle submitting for consideration the following three resolutions: one, the provision for "a thorough and efficient system of free schools"; two, a clause providing that "no slave shall be brought into this State fro permanent residence, after this Constitution goes into operation"; and three, a proposal for the gradual abolition of slavery, beginning July 4, 1864. The resolution for education became a part of the constitution, but the slavery clauses were not adopted, being tabled by the insignificant margin of 24 for and 23 against. Great disappointment was expressed throughout the state over the failure to secure the passage of the slavery resolutions.

In November, 1861, the same month of the opening of the Constitutional Convention, he enlisted as a chaplain in the 1st (Loyal) Virginia Regiment of Volunteers. Following a furlough in June, 1862, he was transferred from his regiment to make an investigation of sanitary conditions in the military camps encircling Washington. While thus engaged, he was stricken with typhoid fever, and epidemic of which he was then seeking to alleviate and prevent. His premature death at the age of 48 came on August 7, 1862.

Battelle was awarded the degree of Master of Arts by Allegheny College in 1843. IN 1861, he was recognized for his outstanding leadership as an educator and clergymen by Ohio University, in an honoring degree of Doctor of Divinity. After his death, Battelle Township of Monongalia County was named in honor of him.

One of the many resolutions from various churches: From Upshur County, "Resolved, that in his death we lose a most zealous and able supporter of the doctrine of Holy Christianity and defender of the principles of Methodist Episcopal Church, that we lose a sacrificing patriot, devoted to the cause of our country, the union of the States, the best interest of Western Virginia and the cause of liberty and Humanity everywhere."

The Wheeling "Intelligencer" stated editorially, "His pulpit brilliance and spiritual influence were paralleled by his astuteness. He foresaw that the greatest problem in admitting the Western Territory in those turbulent years...would arise over the question of slavery, particularly in regard to the new state's constitutional interpretation. His determined effort to bring convention action upon the touchy point was his greatest contribution...His influence was potential in preserving Western Virginia from the whirlpool of secession.


Battelle Monument ded.jpg Last four persons on right are Junius and Carrie (Greene) Greenwood and Dr. George T and Myra Katherine (Hays) Gale.

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Some identified as: Mr & Mrs Eb Lang and granddaughter, Mr. & Mrs. Harvey Bowie, Sam Echols, Mr. & Mrs. Sam Hardin & Everett, Maggie Gale, Mr. Hadley (Maggie’s father), Mr. Cook, Benjamin Edgell, Kinsey Davis


 

 

IN MEMORY

Read at the Dedication of the Soldier’s Monument, Newport, Ohio, July 8, 1913

“In Memory” we say, and here we pause

For each heart has its treasured memory

Wherewith a stranger intermeddleth not.

A Bible holds a lock of shining hair,

A mother placed therein with tender touch,

When she had kissed her boy a long good night;

Letters are laid away from careless eyes—

It may be on the slowly yellowing husk

That hides from sight the words fog written gold——

There stands as guard some famous war-in-chief,

Or blooms a flag-decked tree of liberty;

A cap that shaded merry laughing eyes

Is hung away---he will not wear it more;

Blue coats that one time covered throbbing hearts

True to the cause they loved, are empty now—

By careful hands wrapped, fold in fold they lie,

 

With wrinkled rose-leaves sweet with summer’s dead,

Unseen, unworn--or only as in case

Known to you all--brought out by tender hands

To shield in his last rest a father’s form

Whose heart could not forget; for he through the

Long years had cherished it, and dying asked

That when the end should come he might sleep

Wearing the coat of blue His only Son

Had worn when he had heard his country’s cry.

And answered with his life to her dire need;

A rusted old canteen, from which you drank,

You followed fearless in the face of death:

These things, aye, more than these, you guard with care,

The priceless tokens of your priceless past;

And as you look on them the heart grows warm,

And nevermore with you remains.

Today the churchyard pines sing low, sweet psalms,

And breathe their healing balms above men grown gray;

Whose lithe young feet answered their country’s call,

And wore their country’s blue in her defense,

The ranks are full once more —not one s dead!

Each soldier answers to fame’s roll—call, “Here!”

And through the mist of years young faces shine

Wearing the freshness of immortal youth.

Now unto those who brought to our loved land--

 Dear motherland!—who knows no North or South—

The blessed peace, which holds her house in sway:

And unto these, this younger hero breed,

True sons of our free land and soldier sires—

Fair bright-eyed boys whose hair still wore the shine

Of babyhood — who offered up themselves

That other lands might breathe our freedom’s air,

The measure of your sacrifice is full!

For greater love hath no man than this,

The laying down of life for stranger-friend.

And lo this soldier-priest! Fit emblem he

Of future bloodless wars that shall be fought,

When every man for love of brother man

Shall wage a mighty battle ‘gainst sin.

And from our borders shall be driven out

All that corrupts, that weakens or destroys,

And there shall be one universal peace,

And man be keeper of his brother man:

And mothers, like them other of this man,

When came the brief, sad words, “Your son is dead.”

With meekly folded hands bowed to the stroke,

Saying: “Be still, O soul of mine, be still.

And know that I am God.” For she with God

Had wrought through his young years that she might bring

To manhood’s stainless stature him she loved,

And she believed that the Great Sculptor’s hands

Would perfect his own plan in heavenly heights;

And unto all who with soul-stirring words

Of prayers or tears or sacrifice they made

Have helped to usher in our nation’s peace,

And heal the blood-red wounds made by the war,

In heartfelt gratitude we pause to-day,

As with uncovered heads we stand before

This token of the work you wrought, O heroes

Living, and dear deathless dead! In years to come

When children now unborn shall ask of you

The meaning of this stone you dedicate,

May all the holy memories of the past

With present noble purpose of life

So enter in the tale of your lips shell tell,

That sons and daughters never can forget.

-Ella Hays McRae

Scio, Ohio

 


 

Listed on the monument are:

Ross Newport Post Charter Members:

A. Leonard, J. B. Greene, G. O’Neal, C. Greene, R. S. Rowland, L. Moore, J. Gano, N. Middleswart, P. G. Hays, Jno. Gitchell, F. Gilman, R. Rea, R. R. Thornily, J. Hadley, F. F. Dana, F. Koener, A. B. Little, C. H. Gunter, D. Felter

Members: S. Reynolds, W. Murphy, S. Noland, Jno. Wheeler, D. D. Davis, R. Coen, C. Reynolds, T. M. Reynolds, W. Bush, S. Harden, W. McElfresh, W. Wilson, J. Gitchell, L. Wheeler, K. B. Davis, S. Echols, G. W. Smith,, B. E. Edgell, A. Statts, J. Wheeler, Ira Newlen, J. M. Cook, I. Felter, W. H. Bingham, P. Mason, J.Noland, C.Brinker, L.Travis, L.Priest, R.McKitrick, C.Pool, M.Martin, F.McIntire, S.Ward, J.Mowery, W.Seevers, H.King, Jas.Bush, H.Hiland

OVG (Ohio Volunteer Guard) Ross Newport

M. Cook, H. E. Davis, Gus Gill, T. D. Little, M. Mathers, G. Nine, L. Saxon, J. H. Stewart, S. Smith, A. Adkins, S. Cutshaw, G. W. Tidd, M. Datson, E. Larkins, J.Matheny, J.Mathers, W.Turner, P.Noland, W.Reese, J.H.Smith, H.Smith, J.Stewart, B.Turner, S.Whiston, W.W.Wood, N.Pryor, S.S.Wood S.K.Rea

OVI (Ohio Volunteer Infantry)

M.Adkins, A.Abrams, R.S.Bobb, W.H. Ballentine, S.Baldwin, J.T.Ballentine, A.Bell, W.H.Bell, W.E.Ballentine, Silas Baldwin, J. Barker, C.D.Battelle, C.Burge, W.Blakley, A.S.Blakley, Jno.Bush, S.Bosworth, G.R.Britton, J.Bush, O.Carpenter, J.Carpenter, L.Elson, H,Bwoie, G.Amlin, J.C.Conner, C.Chapeel, T.J.Conner, J.R.Cree, W.Crandall, J.Crocker, E.R.Dale, M.Cunningham, S.Cutshaw, C.L.Dana, H.F. Davis, J.W.Davis,  Jas. W. Davis, S. Davis, J. Dick, B.Edwards, C.Dowens, D.Edwards, J.Farely, W.Lang, E.Matthews, D.Matthews, E.Matthews, T.McDaniels, J.McPeak, C.McCallister, T.McVey, T.A.McCoy, G.W.Middleswart, G.Miller, A.Moore, A.A.Middleswart, H.Newlen, D.Newlen, P.Farley, A.J.Frances, A.Friedel, R.S.Garrison, J.Gates, G.Goddard, L.Greg, F.Greenwood, G.W.Haight, M.Guilinger, C.C.Haight, Eli Hall, T.Guilinger, Oscar Hall, A.Haynes, J.Guilinger, T.N.Higgins, A.Hill, C.Hill, W.W.Hill, C.Hutchinson, H.Hill, D.Hughes, E.A.Johnson, J.Jobe, C.Jobes, A.Johnson, M.Newlen,Ira Newland, S.Noland, L.Nine, A.Noland, J.Noland, J.Nine, J.Osborn, H.O’Bleness, A.G.O’Bleness, R.H.Rowland, E.J.O’Shorn, I.Ritchie, W.Ross, M.Scott, P.G.Rea, W.H.Rea,, M.Paxon, A.Pickens, H.Pickens, G.Pickens, H.Pegg, H.Petty, R.Seevers, W.J. Seevers, S.Smith, Jas.W.Seevers, J.Smith, I.C.Tuttle, Jno, Stewart, S.Thonpson, J.Seacord, D.D.Seevers, G.Smith, Jno.Stewart, Jas. Shephard, G.W.Thomas, G.W.Tidd, J.Unger, J.VAnWey, S.A.West,, M.Ward, Jas.Wetzel, J.Williamson, S.Williams, J.E.Wood, L.Wright, J.Woodward, B.F.Zanilley, J.Zanilley.

OVA (Ohio Volunteers)

S.Baldwin, I.Garner, G.Dotson, C.Ritchie, W.Ritchie, L.Blakely, B.Manley, J.Paxon, M.Vanwey

SAW (Spanish American War)

Eldin Adkins, O.Rowland, O.Eddy, H.Greenwood, H.Little, F.Hanna, W.J.Bond, J.Bayless, C.Edgar,, E.Hays, F.L.Lauck, Paul Dana

U.S.Navy

M.Dana, Carl Greene, S.Martin