Monday, March 9, 2009

Sallie in Ohio

You might not think about Ohio as a State that experienced the Civil War, but I visited a few places that the War touched.

New Richmond, Ohio, outside of Cincinnati, sits right on the Ohio River. It was an early center of abolitionist activity and has many Underground Railroad and Abolitionist Sites still standing. Here I am in front of two of the houses:

The white house was the home and office of Dr. John Rodgers, a famed Abolitionist. He delivered future Union General and President of the U.S., Ulysses S. Grant on April 27, 1822.

From here I went to Point Pleasant, birthplace of Ulysses S. Grant. You can see me in front of the house and by the signs. It's a basic 2-room structure built in 1817. Grant's family moved to Georgetown, Ohio, not far from Point Pleasant, where you can still see his boyhood home and schoolhouse.

I went back towards Cincinnati to Camp Dennison. Here are some great sites on it:

Here I am visiting the Guard House.

Camp Dennison was used primarily as a general training center, recruiting depot and hospital post. Only the Guard House and the Waldschmidt Homestead which served as the headquarters for General Joshua Bates remain. The Camp is now a park.

My last stop was a place where the Little Miami Railroad went through the countryside. At this spot, General Morgan of the famed Morgan's Raiders stopped a train and killed the conductor. He had led his cavalry into northern Kentucky and through the northern parts of the City of Cincinnati to cause disorder. He spent the night of July 13, 1863 within site of the Union army's Camp Dennison. Here's a site about Morgan's Raiders:

Brig. Gen. John Hunt Morgan led his men on a daring expedition behind enemy lines. It was known in the South as The Great Raid of 1863.'s_Raid
Morgan eventually surrendered in northeastern Ohio.

Ohio was important to the Civil War effort, contributing 320,000 soldiers to the Union army, third behind New York and Pennsylvania. President Lincoln was heard to say, "...I know that if there are many Ohio soldiers to be engaged, it is probable we will win the battle, for they can be relied upon in such an emergency."

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