General Eleazer Wheelock Ripley is buried in Locust Grove Cemetery near Elm Park in West Feliciana Parish. He was a Louisiana Representative to Congress from 1835 - 1839.
This is the same tiny cemetery in which Sarah Davis, the first wife of Jefferson Davis, is buried.
A verbatim copy of the blurb of Eleazer Wheelock Ripley from the information board at Locus Grove Cemetery follows:
"Eleazer Wheelock Ripley was born in New Hampshire in 1782. He was the son of a professor of divinity at Dartmouth. He moved to Massachusetts to pursue a career in law and ended up serving as a state senator. Despite the general unpopularity in his state regarding a war with Britain, Ripley was a vocal supporter of a declaration of hostilities. President Madison then appointed him as a lieutenant colonel.
Ripley's reputation increased after successfully marching his troops four hundred miles to Plantenburg. In spring of 1813, he was promoted to colonel and was injured in an explosion at Sacket's Harbor. Ripley spent the rest of 1813 in convalescence, but remained active in recruiting for the army.
By the summer of 1814, Ripley was a general serving in the Niagara region, under Jacob Brown.
From the start, Ripley was against Brown's planned
invasion of the Niagara peninsular, he thought|
the force was too small to make any lasting impact on Canadian soil. This conflict of interest
caused considerable strain between the two men and led Brown to become convinced that Ripley
In actuality, that was not the case and during the campaign, Ripley performed
valiantly at Lundy's Lane, where his men came to the rescue of Winfield Scott's battered troops. At
this time, his troops also captured several pieces of British artillery from a hill near the battlefield.
While Ripley received little recognition for his efforts, during a resolution of Congress dated
November 1, 1814, he was presented with a gold medal in honor for his military service."
Locus Grove Cemetery
The grave of General Eleazer W. Ripley
Aurelia Wheelock Ripley Gravesite
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