Civil War

THE OHIO Historical Society and area historical societies, libraries and other groups appear to be doing a tremendous job regarding the Civil War sesquicentennial.

One of the most recent additions is a traveling exhibit, “Ohio and the Civil War: 150 Years Later,” which already has begun its journey around the Buckeye State. Ten locations are scheduled for the exhibit, including the Parry Park Museums in Woodsfield with the Monroe County Historical Society as the sponsor.

In addition to being in Woodsfield from June 4 to July 6 of next year, the exhibit is scheduled for Jan. 4 to Feb. 1 at the John McIntire Library, Zanesville.

EASTERN OHIO has monuments and statues pertaining to that long-ago war with most related to the Union forces.

Perhaps, the most recent is the Union Square historical marker, Bellaire, dedicated in 2010, as that land during the Civil War “was used as a canteen for feeding Union recruits from nearby Camp Jefferson,” according to information compiled by attorney Daniel L. Frizzi Jr.

The Confederacy isn’t forgotten in Eastern Ohio monuments as some pertain to that dashing Confederate Brig. Gen. John Hunt Morgan. The Ohio Valley Civil War Roundtable, which is responsible for a variety of area projects, also erected a monument to Confederate Gen. Bushrod Johnson at Barkcamp State Park.

JUST AS in all wars, too many people died. Estimates range from 618,000 to 700,000 American deaths, and that doesn’t include those wounded with many suffering from amputations.

Possibly, one of the most unusual amputations involved Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, an outstanding Confederate general born in the Clarksburg, Va. (now West Virginia) area. Jackson was wounded by friendly fire May 2, 1863, in the Chancellersville fighting, and his arm was amputated and buried in the family cemetery in that area. Transported about 27 miles, Jackson died May 10 from pneumonia before he could be sent to Richmond by train. He was buried in Lexington, Va., miles away from the gravesite for his arm.

DESPITE its many tragedies, the Civil War resulted in the preservation of the Union and the abolition of slavery.

Its accomplishments are something to celebrate as the sesquicentennial activities continue through 2015.