By Janet Carleton, Host Committee cochair
With the commemorative events surrounding the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, there is much available online on the Civil War in Ohio. Although Ohio seems far from the action, she supplied more than 300,000 soldiers and 200 generals to the Union Army and Navy during the war, and her industrial city of Cleveland provided supplies and support. According to a Ohio Civil War 150 essay, “Ohioans’ status as leaders during the war no doubt impacted the nation’s decision making in the coming years when electing presidents. Seven times U.S. citizens chose a former soldier from the Buckeye state from 1868 to 1896.” And just west of Cleveland, Johnson Island housed confederate prisoners of war.
If you love historical newspapers, the Ohio History Connection digitized Ohio Civil War-era newspapers as part of the Chronicling America project.
If you like monuments, the 125 foot tall Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument is located close-by at 3 Public Square, conveniently between hotels and the convention center. Recently rehabilitated, the memorial room and esplanade are open 10am-6pm Monday-Saturday. It’s accessible despite the Public Square construction, and admission is free.
Ohio Civil War 150
Civil War, The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History, Case Western Reserve University.