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Historic Roadside Markers
Edward Hastings Ripley (Mendon/2016)

Ripley Roadside Marker photos

New Roadside Marker Dedicated November 2011

Ripley Roadside Marker photos

Sugar & Spice Restaurant in the background
is on the original site of Ripley's home

Ripley Roadside Marker photos

Bugler playing taps during dedications; appropriately at the gravestone of
Ripley's Civil War Horse 'Old John' (at the end of the restaurant's parking lot)
Ripley Roadside Marker photos

Ripley Roadside Marker photos

Cover and page from the dedication pamplet used at the dedication.


EDWARD HASTINGS RIPLEY
November 11, 1839-September 14, 1915

Born in Rutland, Ripley enlisted in the 9th Vermont
in 1862 and fought at Harperís Ferry, Chaffinís Farm
and Second Fair Oaks. As brigade commander of the
Army of the James, the general led the first Union
troops into the Confederate capitol of Richmond on
April 3, 1865, restoring order and extinguishing fires
that threatened the city. Ripley warned Abraham
Lincoln of an assassination plot two days before the
presidentís death.

After the Civil War, Ripley had an estate and horse
farm in Mendon, with interests in banking, marble
and hotels. He donated land for the town hall and
represented Mendon in the state legislature. His warhorse
Old John is buried at the inscribed stone
near the old sugarhouse.
Photographs courtesy of Fred Bagley, Mendon Historical Society