Civil War in Ohio

Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument: Outside bronze grouping: Mortar Practice
Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument: Outside bronze grouping: Mortar Practice (image courtesy Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument)

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 are looking to get out and about, the extensive Ohio Civil War 150 site provides Google Maps of road trips and historical markers for NE Ohio.

If you love historical newspapers, the Ohio History Connection digitized Ohio Civil War-era newspapers as part of the Chronicling America project.

Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument: Interior bronze panels: Northern Ohio Soldiers' Aid Society
Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument: Interior bronze panels: Northern Ohio Soldiers’ Aid Society (image courtesy Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument)

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.

Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument: Interior stained glass
Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument: Interior stained glass (image courtesy Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument)

 

Resources

Ohio Civil War 150
http://www.ohiocivilwar150.org/

Civil War, The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History, Case Western Reserve University.

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