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Civil War era quilts on display at McCook House

Posted by Bob Evans, July 9, 2012

Civil War era quilts

Civil War era quilts are on display in the McCook House in Carrollton, OH>

Civil War era replica quilts are on display through the end of July at the McCook House Civil War Museum on Public Square in Carrollton.

The displays were set up by Dave Lewis of North Canton and Pat McArtor of Homeworth.  They are members of Yesteryear Quilters who meet at Anna Louisa’s Needle Arts in Louisville.

Yesteryear Quilters visit museums and copy cloth patterns from the Civil War Era through the end of the century.  Using reproduction fabric, the group creates the quilts.

One of the quilts on display is for Mary Ann “Mother” Bell Bickerdyke, a hospital administrator for Union soldiers during the Civil War.  She was born in Knox County, OH, later moving to Galesburg, IL

A large quilt hanging from the second floor staircase features pictures of Union and Confederate soldiers as well as women who posed as men to fight during the Civil War.

Lewis printed the pictures, originally published by the Library of Congress, on cloth, and were then used in the quilt pattern.

The McCook House Civil War Museum is open Memorial Day through Labor Day and the second weekend in October, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m.  For more information, call 330-627-3345.

Shown above with the Bickerdyke quilt are:   Pat McArtor and Dave Lewis.


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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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Letters to Azel: Civil War Letters from Father to Son

Staff Report
From: Ohio Civil War 150

JUNE 25: The Clinton County Genealogical Society invites you to a lecture about Letters to Azel: Civil War Letters from Father to Son on June 25th at 7:30 pm in the Clinton County Historical Society Meeting Room.  This book, compiled by the Sabina Historical Society, is a treasure trove of information about a small Northern town during the time of the Civil War, from the weather to prices and the interest rate at the local bank, as well as his opinions as a War Democrat about the way the Civil War should be run.  Perhaps most interestingly, Mr. Crumley, employed at the Auditor’s Office, seems to know everyone in the county and their business — and relates it all to his son!  The book has an index of almost 400 names that are used in these letters, a great resource for local historians and genealogists in Southwest Ohio!

The program will be presented by Sabina Historical Society members Sharon Roberts, Joy Shoemaker and Susanne Kenney, and is free and open to the public.

Details: Free and open to the public

Location: Clinton County Historical Society, 149 E. Locust Street, Wilmington OH 45177

For More Information: Email Susanne Kenney at

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Traveling Civil War exhibit stops in Woodsfield

By Bob Evans

Traveling exhibit

The traveling Ohio Civil War 150 will be on display in Woodsfield through July 4. Photo courtesy of OHS.

The official Ohio Civil War 150th traveling exhibit will be in Woodsfield through July 4 at the Hollister-Perry House.

Admission is free, but check for hours.

The exhibit is sponsored by The Monroe County Historical Society to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.


Date(s): June 9, 2012 – July 4, 2012
Cost: Free
Time: June 9: 10 a.m. till 8 p.m.;
June 10: 12pm-3pm;
June 11-July 4: M-F 10am-2pm
Sat-Sun 12pm-4pm
Location: The Hollister-Parry House, 217 Eastern Avenue, Woodsfield, OH,
(740) 472-1933

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The Canton Symphony Orchestra to present In Remembrance: Civil War

The Canton Symphony Orchestra, in Canton OH, will present it commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, November 6, in Umstattd  Hall in the Canton Cultural Center.

Associate Conductor Matthew Browns will be conducting for an exciting collaboration with Westwater Arts Photochoregraphy.

James Westwarter’s Symphonic Photochoregraphy is an innovative form that connect audiences to live classical music via choregraphed photo essays.

Chris Craft, Special Projects Coordinator at the Massillon Museum, will serve as narrator for the Lincoln Portrait.

If you are looking for something to do on a Sunday evening, this should be a great evening of entertainment.

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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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Old monument given new life

By Bob Evans

Mooretown Monument get new life

A Memorial Day service was held at the Mooretown Monument for the first time in over 60 years.

ROSS TWP. – The Mooretown Civil War Memorial is once again standing tall above the Yellow Creek Valley.

Time and neglect had taken its toll on the monument, commissioned in 1871 by Robert and Martha George in honor of their son, Thomas, who died at the Battle of Perryville, Ky., on Oct. 8, 1862.

The inscription on the monument also includes the names of 32 other men from Ross Township who died in the Civil War. The inscription on the monument’s base reads, “To the memory of the fallen soldiers of Ross Township, Jefferson Co. O. in the War of 1861-65.”

The monument stands more than 21 feet tall, but was originally close to 40 feet when erected. It was damaged by strip mining decades ago.

The mining company replaced the damaged Doric column, but around nine feet of the column is missing. The base was also damaged and replaced, complete with all the names on it. The old base now supports a cannon on the right side of the monument.

The refurbished monument is the results of the Mooretown Restoration Committee, which formed in 2010 to restore the monument to a grander time.

Monday, a Memorial Day service was held for the first time in approximately 60 years at the monument. About 400 people attended the potluck lunch and commemoration event.

Donna George Dunning, a descendant of the George family, praised the committee’s work. “My sister and I hold you in our hearts and give our heart-felt thanks for the work you have done,” she said. “I feel a little guilty that I haven’t been here taking care of it.” She now makes her home in Seattle, WA.

She spoke of the heritage of Ross Township and the sacrifices of its men and women. “It is for us the living to care for the high ideals for which they died,” she said, encouraging listeners to “create an even greater future” for the country.

Committee member Virginia Boyd Glenn was overwhelmed by the turnout.

“This is fantastic, absolutely unbelievable,” she said. “I never expected so many people to come out. This goes to show that people do care about this monument.”

The Committee was presented with an award from America the Beautiful for its grass-roots efforts at the monument.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 232 and its Ladies Auxiliary from Amsterdam served as the color guard.

Other entertainment included, Mackenzie Bake, who sang the National Anthem and a cannon firing demonstration by the 19th Ohio Light Artillery.

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