Category Archives: Ohio

October 30, 1864: Robert J. Breckinridge speaks

The New York Times reports on the speech given by Robert J. Breckinridge* in Cincinnati. Breckinridge was the uncle of John Cabell Breckinridge, one of Lincoln’s opponents in the 1860 election and now a Confederate general. The uncle, though, had … Continue reading

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February 19, 1864: Jeff Thompson in prison

The New York Times reported on Feb. 19, that the “Missouri Swamp Fox,” Jeff Thompson, is a leader among the rebel prisoners in Ohio. He and other officers apparently helped to influence many prisoners not to take the loyalty oath … Continue reading

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January 26, 1864: Ice

While we’re having a cold winter this year, it doesn’t really compare with the conditions of 1864 — the Mississippi and Ohio rivers were both closed to navigation due to ice, even down to St. Louis. A low of -24 … Continue reading

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January 8, 1864: Morgan returns to Richmond

Gen. John Hunt Morgan had been captured in July 1863 during a failed raid into Ohio, and imprisoned there. In January 1864 he escaped from prison in a characteristically dashing way, and made his way back to the South. The … Continue reading

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July 26, 1863: Morgan captured

The governor of Ohio celebrates the capture of John Hunt Morgan. Official Records: THE STATE OF OHIO, EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT, Columbus, July 26, 1863. To the People of the State: The exciting and important events which have transpired within the past … Continue reading

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July 24, 1863: Morgan in trouble in Ohio

John Hunt Morgan ******************************************** The New York Times reports on John Hunt Morgan’s Ohio raid; Union troops are pressing him hard. CINCINNATI, Friday, July 24. Shortly after MORGAN crossed the Muskingum, yesterday, he was attacked by militia, under Col. HALL, … Continue reading

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September 22, 1862: Free black men in Ohio

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reproduces a report from an Ohio paper complaining about freedmen “degrading white labor”. First fruits of Africanizing Ohio. –Several farmers of the Abolition persuasion in Athens County–we might mention Pedro and Simpson — have negroes employed … Continue reading

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September 11, 1862: Hey, Buell — send help!

Horatio Wright is looking at Kirby Smith threatening Cincinnati, and he’d like to have some help. Here he appeals to Buell. Official Record: HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE OHIO, September 11, 1862. Major-General BUELL, Bowling Green, Ky.: Kirby Smith is in … Continue reading

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September 10, 1862: Where’s Bragg (redux)?

Braxton Bragg As we saw earlier, Lincoln was quite concerned about the possibility that Bragg might have crossed the Cumberlands and be reinforcing Confederate forces in Virginia. After sending out a flurry of telegrams, he started getting some responses. Firstly, … Continue reading

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September 6, 1862: Lew Wallace takes charge

Lew Wallace was in charge of the troops in Cincinnati, but the action had all moved across the Ohio into Kentucky. Wallace got the call to take command of the troops in Kentucky. From the Official Record: HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF … Continue reading

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