July 8–10: Civil War Reenactment at McConnelsville features three days of historical reenactments, medical and infantry demonstrations and a period church service on Sunday. visitmorgancountyohio.com
July 2011 Issue
Civil War Times
Ohio commemorates the
sesquicentennial of the beginning of the War Between the States with these
Through July 23: Ohio Chautauqua Reenactors portray Civil War-era luminaries, including Harriet Tubman, Abraham Lincoln and female POW Mary Edwards Walker. The events, sponsored by the Ohio Humanities Council, take place in venues throughout the state. ohiohumanities.org
July 27–Aug. 7: Civil War Encampment at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus. ohiostatefair.com, 614/644-4126
Saturdays in August and September: During Freedom’s Friends history walks, guides conduct neighborhood tours of the stations of the Underground Railroad that ran through Oberlin and helped more that 3,000 slaves escape to freedom. oberlinheritage.org, 440/774-1700
Aug. 7: Steve Long presents “The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln: The Hunt For John Wilkes Booth” at Roscoe Village in Coshocton. The program features an in-depth look at the events surrounding the slaying of Abraham Lincoln. roscoevillage.com
Aug 12: Have “Dinner With Abraham Lincoln” at Hale Farm and Village in Bath. The gourmet repast also features white cake made from Mary Todd Lincoln’s recipe. halefarm.org, 330/666-3711
Aug. 13: Underground Railroad Trolley Tour at the Maritime Museum in Sandusky showcases the abolitionists who helped slaves flee to freedom. sanduskymaritime.org, 419/624-0274
Aug 13–14: “The Drums of August” Civil War Reenactment at Hale Farm and Village in Bath includes an appearance by Abraham Lincoln and skirmishes. wrhs.org, 330/666-3711
Aug. 22–26: Lakeside’s Civil War Week features a variety of lectures and displays exploring topics that include the election of 1860, the battle of Gettysburg and women of the South. lakesideohio.com
Sept. 10: Underground Railroad Trolley Tour at the Maritime Museum in Sandusky showcases the abolitionists who helped slaves flee to freedom. sanduskymaritime.org, 419/624-0274
Sept. 10–11: Civil War Encampment at the James A. Garfield Home in Mentor honors the Ohio native’s role in the Union Army with a regimental parade, marching and bayonet drills. nps.gov/jaga
Sept. 16–18: Zoar Civil War Encampment “Battle on the Ohio- Erie Canal” takes place along the Ohio-Erie Canal Towpath in Zoar Village. zoarcivilwar.com
Sept. 23–25: Civil War Encampment at Caesar’s Creek Pioneer Village, an annual reenactment in Waynesville, features battles twice a day staged by reenactors. Visitors also have the opportunity to meet the participants and shop for memorabilia. caesarspioneervillage.org, 513/897-8855
Sept. 17: “Food in the Civil War,” presented by the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland’s University Circle, explores nutrition and life on the battlefield. wrhs.org
Sept. 24–25: Civil War Encampment at Glendower includes tours of the Glendower mansion in Lebanon and artillery, cavalry and sharpshooter demos by the Ohio Valley Civil War Association. wchsmuseum.com, 513/932-1817
Oct. 8: Underground Railroad Trolley Tour at the Maritime Museum in Sandusky showcases the abolitionists who helped slaves flee to freedom. sanduskymaritime.org, 419/624-0274
Oct. 9: “Ghost Stories of the Civil War,” at Roscoe Village in Coschocton, explores the lingering spirits and spooky stores of the Union and Confederate armies. roscoevillage.com
Oct. 15–16: Adams County Civil War Days feature tours of the John T. Wilson House in Tranquility, which served as a stopover for slaves escaping the South. adamscountytravel.org
Nov. 15: The Ohio Statehouse 150th Anniversary celebration features tours of this Columbus landmark and educational displays about the Civil War. ohiostatehouse.org
Dec. 3, 10 & 17: “Christmas on the Frontline” at the Ohio Historical Society in Columbus, explores the lives of soldiers away from home during the holiday season of 1861. ohiohistory.org, 800/686-6124
Through January: “The Civil War Battle Field and Home Front” at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont, focuses on the far-reaching effects of the War Between the States. Through personal letters and artifacts, the exhibit explores the lives of the families the soldiers left behind. rbhayes.org, 419/332-2081
DID YOU KNOW?
* A total of 628,000 Americans died during the Civil War, equivalent to 6 million in today’s population figures.
* Ohio provided 229 generals to the Union, the most from any one state. They include Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman and Phillip Sheridan.
* When the Civil War began, Ohio led the nation in the production of corn, wheat and wool.
* President Abraham Lincoln chose two Ohioans as members for his cabinet: Salmon P. Chase as Secretary of the Treasury and Edwin Stanton as Secretary of War.
* In 1861, Ohio contained more miles of railroad track than any other state, north or south.
* The 54th Massachusetts Infantry, made famous in the film “Glory,” included two companies of free blacks from Ohio.
* Five Ohio-born Civil War veterans would go on to become President of the United States: Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James Garfield, Benjamin Harrison and William McKinley.
* One of the most striking examples of Ohio patriotism can be seen in the McCook family of Carrollton. Brothers Dan and John, along with 13 sons between them, made up the famous team known as “The Fighting McCooks.”
* Knox County resident Mary Bickerdyke, a nurse, established more than 300 field hospitals during the war.