Mound Cemetery (Marietta, Ohio)
Mound Cemetery Mound
Mound Cemetery with Great Mound in background
|Location||5th and Scammel Sts., Marietta, Ohio|
|NRHP Reference #||73001549|
|Added to NRHP||February 23, 1973|
Mound Cemetery in Marietta, Ohio is a historic cemetery developed around the base of a prehistoric Adena burial mound known as the Great Mound or Conus. The city founders preserved the Great Mound from destruction by establishing the city cemetery around it in 1801.
The city of Marietta was developed in 1788 by pioneers from Massachusetts, soon after the American Revolutionary War and organization of the Northwest Territory. Many of the founders were officers of the Revolutionary War who had received federal land grants for military services. Among high-ranking officers buried at the cemetery are generals Rufus Putnam and Benjamin Tupper, who were founders of the Ohio Company of Associates; as well as Commodore Abraham Whipple and Colonel William Stacy. The cemetery has the highest number of burials of American Revolutionary War officers in the country.
Great Mound or Conus
The conical Great Mound at Mound Cemetery is part of an Ohio Hopewell culture mound complex known as the Marietta Earthworks. Archaeologists estiumate that it was built between 100 BC and 500 AD. Early European American settlers gave the structures Latin names. The complex includes the Sacra Via (meaning "sacred way"), three walled enclosures, the Quadranaou, Capitolium (meaning "capital") and at least two other additional platform mounds, and the Conus burial mound and its accompanying ditch and embankment. The complex was surveyed and drawn in 1838 by Samuel R. Curtis (at the time a civil engineer for the state of Ohio). This survey was incorrectly attributed to Charles Whittlesey by E. G. Squier and E.H.Davis in their Ancient Monuments of the Mississippi Valley, published by the Smithsonian Institution in 1848. At the time the complex "included a large square enclosure surrounding four flat-topped pyramidal mounds, another smaller square, and a circular enclosure with a large burial mound at its center."
The Conus mound was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on February 23, 1973 as the Mound Cemetery Mound, site listing number 73001549. In 1990 archaeologists from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History excavated a section of the Capitolium mound and determined that the mound was definitely constructed by peoples of the Hopewell Culture.
American Revolutionary War soldiers
The city of Marietta was developed in 1788 by migrant pioneers from Massachusetts, soon after the American Revolutionary War and organization of the Northwest Territory. The cemetery has the highest number of burials of American Revolutionary War officers in the country. The original pioneers, city founders from the Ohio Company of Associates, preserved the Great Mound from destruction by establishing the city cemetery around it.
Many of the founders were officers of the Revolutionary War who had received federal land grants for military services. Among high-ranking officers buried at the cemetery are generals Rufus Putnam and Benjamin Tupper, who were founders of the Ohio Company of Associates; as well as Commodore Abraham Whipple and Colonel William Stacy.
It was stated at the Conference that “more officers of the Revolution are buried in the Old Mound Cemetery, Marietta, than at any other place in the United States.”— DAR, American Monthly, Vol. 16 (Jan-Jun 1900), 329.
In 1825, General Lafayette of France, who fought with the Americans during the Revolution, visited Marietta. He said of the city's veterans: "I knew them well. I saw them fighting the battles of their country…They were the bravest of the brave. Better men never lived."
- Col. Robert Taylor, First Burial Here
- Gen. Joseph Buell
- Maj. Ezra Putnam
- Gen. Rufus Putnam
- Andrew McAllister
- Ephraim Foster
- Gershom Flagg
- John Holt
- Surgeon Jabez True
- Griffin Greene, Sr., Quartermaster
- Commodore Abraham Whipple
- Col. Ebenezer Sproat
- Col. William Stacy, Sr.
- Gen. Benjamin Tupper
- Maj. Anselm Tupper
- Maj. Joseph Lincoln
- Capt. Nathaniel Saltonstall
- Nathaniel Dodge
- Col. Enoch Shepherd
- Jeremiah Thomas
- Samuel Hildreth, Sr. (father of Samuel Prescott Hildreth)
- Judge Dudley Woodbridge
- Sala Bosworth
- Levi Lankton
- Col. Ichabod Nye
- Ephraim Emerson
- Capt. Josiah Munro
- John Green
- James Hatch
- Capt. Stanton Prentiss
- Isaac Berry
- Capt. Joseph Rogers
- Matthew Kerr
- Capt. William Moulton, Jr.
- Nathan Evans
- Gen. Joseph Willcox
- Simeon Goodwin
The pioneer physician, scientist, and historian, Samuel Prescott Hildreth (1783-1863) was also buried in Mound Cemetery; his books provide insight into the early history of Marietta and the Northwest Territory, and the lives of the soldiers and early pioneer settlers.
Mound Cemetery plaque, quoting Lafayette
Rufus Putnam marker
Abraham Whipple marker
Ebenezer Sproat marker
William Stacy marker
Nath. Saltonstall marker
Samuel Hildreth marker
- "National Register of Historic Places". Retrieved 2012-12-02.
- American Monthly (Daughters of the American Revolution) 16: 329. Jan–Jun 1900. Missing or empty
- Johnson, What to See in America, 224.
- Romain, William F. (2000-10-01). Mysteries of the Hopewell. The University of Akron Press. pp. 129–142. ISBN 978-1884836619.
- "Marietta Earthworks". Ohio History Central. Ohio Historical Society. Retrieved 2012-12-02.
- "Marietta Earthworks". Ohio City Productions, Inc. Retrieved 2012-12-03.
- DAR, American Monthly, Vol. 16 (Jan-Jun 1900), 329.
- Cutler, Life and Times of Ephraim Cutler, 202–03.
- Washington County Historical Society plaque at Mound Cemetery, dated 1968.
- Hildreth, Pioneer History.
- Hildreth, Early Pioneer Settlers of Ohio.
- Cotton, Willia Dawson: Sketch of Mound Cemetery, Marietta, Ohio, Marietta Register Print, Marietta, Ohio (1900).
- Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR): American Monthly, Vol. 16, Jan-Jun 1900, R. R. Bowker Co., New York (1900) p. 329.
- Hawley, Owen: Mound Cemetery, Marietta, Ohio, Washington County Historical Society, Marietta, Ohio (1996).
- Hildreth, S. P.: Biographical and Historical Memoirs of the Early Pioneer Settlers of Ohio, H. W. Derby and Co., Cincinnati, Ohio (1852).
- Hildreth, S. P.: Pioneer History: Being an Account of the First Examinations of the Ohio Valley, and the Early Settlement of the Northwest Territory, H. W. Derby and Co., Cincinnati, Ohio (1848).
- Johnson, Clifton: What to See in America, Macmillan Co., New York (1919) p. 224.
- Snow, Dean R. Archaeology of Native North America, Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall, 2010.
- Summers, Thomas J.: History of Marietta, The Leader Publishing Co., Marietta, Ohio (1903) pp. 301–09.
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