Sheridan Rides LbNA # 25169
|Placed Date||Sep 2 2006|
|Last Update||Jun 6 2009|
The Sheridan Monument was delivered on a flatbed railroad car. Sixteen draft horses, supplied by local farmers, were used to bring it uptown from the railroad station located one half mile east of the village square. Somerset, Ohio has seen many changes and has had its share of memorable moments. Perhaps the most noteworthy event since the Civil War was the unveiling of the Philip H. Sheridan Memorial Statue. On November 2, 1905 many dignitaries came from Columbus, New York City, and Washington, D.C. for the event. As an individual described with child-like enthusiasm, "it was like the 4th of July in November". Perhaps an appropriate postscript to this event was the fact that the actual unveiling occurred four hours after the scheduled time. There are some aspects about government in general and ours in particular that are truly timeless.
It is an old adage that Republics are ungrateful, but this fair country of ours is dotted with many enduring witnesses to the contrary, and another is to be added to the number in the little town of Somerset, which enjoys the distinction of being the boyhood home of General Phil Sheridan. The monument is an equestrian statue of bronze, of heroic size, and was contracted for by the Commission appointed by the Governor for the purpose of rearing a monument. The Commission consisting of Hon. Tom Binckley, Rev. D. J. Kennedy, O.P., and W. H. Walker, was appointed July 1st, 1904, and contracted with the Harrison Granite Company of New York City, November 11th, 1904. The statue is the work of Mr. Carl Heber of New York.
Also, this is the first letterbox in Perry County.
From the Lancaster area: Take St. Rt. 22 East to town square in Somerset. This is where you'll see the Sheridan Monument. From that monument, you are sitting in the 6 o'clock position. You need to take the Route that lies in the 3 o'clock position(Hint:If you are driving south you have followed the clock correctly).
From the Newark area: Take Rt. 13 South to town square in Somerset. This is where you'll see the Sheridan Monument. From that monument, you are sitting in the 6 o'clock position. You need to take the route that lies in the 12 o'clock position(Hint: If you are still driving south you have followed your clock correctly).
From the Zanesville area: Take St. Rt. 22 west to town square in Somerset. This is where you'll see the Sheridan Monument. From that monument, you are sitting in the 6 o'clock position. You need to take the Route that lies in the 9 o'clock position(Hint:If you are driving south you have followed the clock correctly).
Clues:Hint:(1 pace = 2 steps)
Stop to read the Ohio Historical Marker of General Philip Henry Sheridan.
Now that everyone is on the correct route, we must all follow this route until we pass under the caution light and please do, there is a school full of children to your right. Just past the caution light is a gravel drive that leads into the Holy Trinity church parking lot and cemetary. Slowly follow the gravel drive to the second tree on the right. Stop to pay respects to the Sheridan family. Next, follow the drive to the bend. Stop here. Do you see the white pole with the red stripe to your right? Park your vehicle and stand beside this pole. Take a bearing on your compass of 110° S.E. 12 paces will take you to the Kintz headstone. If you are standing at the bottom left corner you should move to the right. You should see a row of pine trees. Stand between the two that's directly behind Jacob and Julianna Schorr. The tree on your left under the bottom branch beneath some leaves is where Sheridan rides!