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Passport will help you explore Ohio History; enter photo contest

Staff report
FROM: The Free Press Standard

McCook House

The McCook family home in Carrollton Ohio.

Your “Passport to Your Ohio History” can begin at the McCook House Civil War Museum in Carrollton.

This summer, visitors to the Ohio Historical Society’s (OHS) 58 sites and attractions will have a new way to record their memories with the “Passport to Your Ohio History.”  Visitors can fill their passports by receiving special “I Visited” stickers at each site and answering treasure hunt-style questions related to the historic venues.

The McCook House Civil War Museum, located on Public Square, is one of the OHS sites.  The new passports are free and are available at all OHS sites, as well as Ohio Travel Information Centers, many highway rest stops and visitor’s bureau offices in counties where the 58 sites are located.

Anyone collecting all 58 stickers will qualify to be included in the Passport to Your Ohio History Hall of Fame at

As part of the Passport to Your Ohio History program, an Ohio History Photo Contest is being held.  Visitors can take photos at their favorite historical sites and enter them for a chance to win.  The grand prize winner’s photo will be featured on the cover of the 2013 Ohio History Calendar and each month will feature one of the 12 runners up.  Complete details are available in each passport.

The McCook House Civil War Museum is a memorial of Ohio’s “Fighting McCooks.”  This Historic House was home to Major Daniel McCook, who with his nine sons and five sons of his brother became know as the “Fighting McCooks” because of their participation in the armed services of their country prior to and during the Civil War.  The federal style house has displays from the Civil War and each year has special displays of local history.  After a renovation in 2011, the house is celebrating its 175th anniversary.

Hours of operation are:  Memorial Day through Labor Day, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.  Labor Day through Second Weekend in October, the museum is open Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Thanksgiving Weekend features an open house all weekend with a candlelight tour Friday evening.    Admission is a suggested $3 donation.  For more information, visit or call 330-627-3345.

The Carroll County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is located at 61 N. Lisbon St., Carrollton, and can be reached at 330-627-0103 or 877-727-0103.

The Ohio Historical Society is a nonprofit organization who oversees a network of 58 historic sites across Ohio.  For more information, visit or call 800-686-6124.


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Trivia question of the Day

What was the average height of the Union soldier?

Answer: 5-feet, 8.5 inches.

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On this date

The battle of Spotslvania Court House was fought.

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A Nation Divided, The Heartland Responds

A civil war soldier on a horse

One of the many images that were enlarged for the exhibit. Image courtesy of Western Reserve Historical Society and Canton Art Museum.

Looking to spend a few quality hours back in the 1860’s?

The Canton Museum of Art, is hosting as part of their 150th anniversary of the American Civil War an exhibit “A Nation Divided, The Heartland Responds” through Oct. 30.

I visited the exhibition last Saturday afternoon and was very overwhelmed by the quality of the exhibit. I spent over three hours touring the exhibit. The exhibit is made up of photo enlargement, uniforms, costumes, weapons and other Civil War memorabilia.

The museum reproduced 52 images and enlarged them. It also includes illustration from Winslow Homer, an artist for Harper’s Weekly. I highly recommend stopping in a viewing this fine exhibit.

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Men answer the Call to Arms in Columbus

Kickoff for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in Ohio

Civil War re-enactors present the Colors at the 150th kickoff of the Civil War in Columbus, OH in April.

By Bob Evans

On April 15, 1861 President Abraham Lincoln issued a “call to arms” for 75,000 volunteers to put down the rebellion after troops from the South Carolina militia fired on Fort Sumter two days earlier.

The president’s call opened a civil war that would last for four long and brutal years. Ohio responded to the call, not with the 13 regiments as requested, but with 20.

In many cases, whole families rushed to sign up to help put down the rebellion. Most thought they would defeat the Confederacy in one grand battle and be home in time to put in the fall crops.

Many troops boarded trains and headed east so quickly they were never properly mustered into service.

Last Sunday in front of the Statehouse in Columbus, members of the 1st Ohio Volunteer Infantry (OVI) re-enacted the swearing-in ceremony as part of the kickoff of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The day’s events focused on the prominent role of Ohio and her troops in the war.

By war’s end, close to 320,000 Ohioans had answered the call, and 35,475 never returned. Only New York and Pennsylvania sent more troops to the war.

Some of the most important players in the war were from Ohio – including Major Generals Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman and Generals Phil Sheridan and George Armstrong Custer (New Rumley). In all 99 men from Ohio reached the rank of general.

Ohioans played a role politically as well. Serving as Secretary of War was Edwin M. Stanton of Steubenville, whose statue stands in front of the Jefferson County Courthouse.

Trying to imagine what Ohio’s soldiers faced was Adjutant General Deborah Ashenhurse, commander of the Ohio National Guard, who spoke to those who gathered for Sunday’s commemoration.

“Fathers and sons, brothers and cousins, uncles and nephews. What made these boys of 1861 answer the call?” she asked. “Ohio has never failed to answer the call and we will continue to answer the call.”

Two hundred Ohio regiments fought in the war, and seven active units trace their beginnings to that conflict.

“Two of those units are deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan today,” said National Guard Historian Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Mann.

On the Statehouse lawn re-enactors from the 1st OVI and the Army of the Ohio set up a living history camp complete with tents and displays of what the 1860s soldiers would have carried with them.

Most men do re-enacting because they had ancestors who fought in the Civil War.

“My great-great grandfather fought in the war with the 8th Ohio,” said Jim Davis, 30-year veteran of re-enacting. “In some ways it is a way for me to retrace his steps and too see what he and others like him went through.”

For others, it’s the love of history.

“It is the history that I enjoy,” David McGee said while listening to period music played by the Champ Chase Fife and Drum Corps. “I enjoy standing around and answering people’s questions.”

Prior to the mustering-in ceremony, a brunch sponsored by the Ohio Historical Society in the Statehouse atrium raised money for the Flag Conservation Effort.

“This is our kickoff event for 150th Anniversary of the Civil War,” said State Rep. Mark Okey, a member of the Ohio Civil War 150 Advisory Committee. “This is a very historic place. Lincoln was here in life as well as in death. This is our chance to start to commemorate.

“We are hopeful that this is going to be a big spark for our economy. Things like this are going on all over the state,” he continued.

“This gives up an opportunity to keep history here, get tourism here, get people here and get Ohioans involved in their history so we can make this a great ecomnic benefit as well as an historical benefit.”

The Historical Society has 388 regimental flags from Ohio; 17 have been re-furbished and two are currently undergoing restoration.

The cost to preserve a flag ranges from $6,000 to $30,000, depending on condition and size.

The keynote speaker for the brunch was Wes Cowan of the PBS series “History Detectives” and an appraiser on the “Antiques Roadshow” also on PBS.

Cowan spoke about Ohio’s role in the Civil War and how so many Americans continue to have a personal connection to the war through souvenirs, letters and other memorabilia handed down through the generations.

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