Ohio Historical Society Marker in Homer, Ohio for
Major General William Starke Rosecrans

Soldier, engineer, and statesman, W. S. Rosecrans was born in Delaware County in 1819 and grew up in Homer.  He graduated from West Point in 1842.  During the Civil War, Rosecrans commanded the federal Army of the Cumberland.  Popular with his troops, who called him “Old Rosy”, he was a cautious commander and, though victorious at Corinth, Murfreesboro, and Chattanooga, he suffered major defeat at Chickamauga in 1863.  A skilled engineer, Rosecrans developed coal properties in western (now West) Virginia before the war and helped design St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Columbus for his brother, Bishop Sylvester Rosecrans.  Following the war he served as minister to Mexico and represented California in Congress from 1881 to 1885.  He died in 1898 and is interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

His Brother, Bishop Sylvester Horton Rosecrans
on the other side


Plaque Photos by Suzanne Allen


Notes and Photos from the Rosecrans Homer Library Box

The Rosecrans house on Lot 12 was under construction when the Burlington (Township) Storm (tornado) hit in 1825. Located on Utica- Homer Road.  There were many newspaper reports of that

Turn of Century photo in Newark Advocate,  1997

storm and one said that the Rosecrans house was damaged.

Crandall Rosecrans, the father of William and

photo from Granville Historical Society

Sylvester, was the son of Dr. Daniel and Thankful (Wilcox) Rosecrans.  He was probably named after his uncle Crandall Wilcox who first owned "Mound Farm" near Homer.  Crandall Rosecrans,  was a farmer, tavern, and store keeper in Homer. 

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