Monday, April 11, 2011

Spring / Summer of History - Civil War Ohio - A Sesquicentennial

Ohio entered the Civil War in April 1861 as the third most populous state in the Union.  On April 15, 1861, nearly 320, 000 Ohioans answered the call from President Abraham Lincoln.  Ten percent of those who answered that call never returned home.  Despite only two minor conflicts on Ohio's soil, the State of Ohio played a key role in providing troops, officers, and supplies to the Union Army.  Nineteen Civil War generals hailed from Ohio including Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman, Philip H. Sheridan, and George A. Custer for the Union Army.  Confederate generals from the 'Buckeye' state included Robert H. Hatton, Charles Clark, and William Quantrill.  Civil War veterans from Ohio who became U.S. Presidents included Grant, James A. Garfield, William McKinley, Rutherford B. Hayes, and Benjamin Harrison.

The week of April 11th begins the 150th anniversary of Ohio's participation in the Civil War.  Many events will be held throughout Lake County to celebrate our contributions to the war.  Follow this blog throughout the month of April as we look for the hidden gems and historical tid-bits in the annals of Lake County's Civil War history.

Upcoming Civil War Programs:
April 12th     How Ohio Won the Civil War      3pm   Fairport Senior Center
April 21st     Medals of Honor                            7pm   FHHS program at Fairport Library
May 12th     Civil War Causes and Effects        7pm   FHHS program at Fairport Library
June 18-19   Civil War Reenactment                 Lake County History Center in Painesville
June 22        Civil War - Fairport Harbor          11:30am  Fairport Harbor Lighthouse

check the following websites for more detailed information-

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