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Delaware County, Ohio

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General Rosecrans Memorial
William Starke Rosecrans was born near Taylor Run in Kingston Township on September 6, 1819. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1842, fifth in his class of 56 cadets, which included notable future generals, such as James Longstreet, D.H. Hill and Abner Doubleday. The Army assigned him to duty as an engineer, working on the fortifications at Hampton Roads, Virginia. Later he served as an instructor at West Point and at various other stations in the New England area. Rosecrans resigned from the Army in 1854, moving into civil engineering. He took over a mining business in what is now known as West Virginia, successfully running it while making many inventions that include odorless oil and a more effective method of manufacturing soap.

When the Civil War began he served as a volunteer aide-de-camp to George B. McClellan, later promoted to Colonel he took command of the 23rd Ohio Infantry whose members included future presidents, Rutherford B. Hayes and William McKinley. After a notable military career and receiving a brevet promotion to the rank of Major General, he again resigned from the Army in 1867.

From 1868 to 1869, Rosecrans served as U.S. Minister to Mexico until President Ulysses S. Grant replaced him. Rosecrans then returned to the mining business in Mexico and California. He was elected to the U.S. Congress as a representative from California, serving from 1881 to 1885 and was appointed as a registrar for the U.S. Treasury serving from 1885 to 1893. He died March 11, 1898 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, outside San Diego, California is named in his honor. A modest memorial was erected in 1940 on the site of his birthplace and childhood home. The large boulder surrounded by a wrought iron fence holds a plaque in memoriam and rests along side the road that bears his last name in Kingston Township.



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