10 April 2011

Civil War in the News

Did you catch the front-page article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer today? Brian Albrecht, staff reporter, wrote the article "From Generals to Soldiers, Ohioans Played Huge Role." Oh yes, the article appears with the tagline: Civil War:150th Anniversary (apparently we will see more coverage of the Susquecentennial)
The article begins with a note about the carnage at Gettysburg, Pa., in 1863 when nearly 8,000 American soldiers were killed. That grim toll is brought to the present day with the statement that it exceeds by five times the number of Americans killed in Afghanistan in the past decade.
The thrust of the article is the contribution that Ohio made to the war, in terms of manpower, leadership, and even war materials.

The article includes the following statement: "In Cuyahoga County, some 10,000 of 15,600 elgible men served in the war; 1,700 died, and about 2,000 were disabled."

Albrecht and a free-lancer, Susan Condon Love, have done a nice job compiling activities in Ohio and the Cleveland area to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. You might want to clip and save this list.

The article--and links to many other articles about the CW and its susquicentennial--is available online at http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2011/04/ohio_and_clevelands_role_in_th.html

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