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The Ohio Historical Society is pleased to announce the acquisition of new Civil War collections through Cowan’s Auction. These collections will open new areas of research in Ohio’s role in the Civil War and serve as a resource for family historians, reenactors and students.
The new artifacts include:
Civil War and personal archive of Union General Godfrey Weitzel from Cincinnati that documents his military career before, during and after the Civil War. Weitzel commanded the first Union Army Corps to enter Richmond, Virginia and gave President Abraham Lincoln a tour of the city. The archives documents Weitzel’s participation in events of national and international importance and includes correspondence between Weitzel and other prominent people, such as General Philip Sheridan.
Collection of 38 letters dating from 1862-1865 by William M. Fisher, a soldier in the 103rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Fisher discusses service in the western theater, particularly the Atlanta Campaign, and his personal life in letters that are lengthy and colorful. The battle flag for this unit is located at the Ohio Historical Society.
Civil War diary of Levi McConkey who served in the 67th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. This unit was one of the few Ohio units to serve in the eastern theater where they saw hard service and high casualties. The story culminates with the 67th O.V.I. being present at the final surrender of General Robert E. Lee to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox. Diary is accompanied by two photographs. The battle flag for this unit is located at the Ohio Historical Society.
Register with 450 legible names and physical descriptions of Confederate prisoners from Virginia who were held at Camp Chase in Columbus, Ohio. The name of the camp commander, prominent Methodist minister Colonel Granville Moody, is recorded inside the front cover. Camp Chase was a significant military installation that housed 9,000 Confederate prisoners at its peak. This collection is a major addition to the Society’s current holdings related to Camp Chase.
The Ohio Historical Society if very excited to bring these items to Ohio. More information on the availability of these artifacts for research will be coming soon.