The Colors of War: Ohio Civil War Flags

The Ohio Historical Society boasts a collection of over five hundred Ohio Civil War flags. This exhibit will examine only a few of these incredible artifacts.


Ohio Volunteer Infantry: The First Thirteen

This exhibit recounts the creation of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry and the first thirteen regiments that formed.


The Enemy Within: Copperheads and the Knights of the Golden Circle

Although the Abolition movement was strong in Ohio, not all Ohioans supported President Lincoln's decision to declare war on the seceding South. Two of Lincoln's biggest critics were the Knights of the Golden Circle and the Copperheads. This exhibit will examine their activities during and prior to the onset of the Civil War.

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Women on the Frontlines

Ohio women participated in the war effort in many ways. While many women picked up the slack on the home front, others became nurses on the battlefields. There are even some cases of women who became spies or dressed as men to fight alongside their fathers, brothers and husbands.

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A House Divided: How Ohio Politics Shaped the Civil War

Ohio politics and politicians influenced the rise and the course of the Civil War. This exhibit examines key politicians and electoral races that illustrate Ohio's importance in the war effort.

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Fighting For Freedom: African Americans During the Civil War

Even though there is a relative silence in conventional history books regarding African Americans' activity during the Civil War, they were far from sitting idle while their fate was held in the balance. This exhibit examines the contributions made by Ohio African Americans to the Union war effort.

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The Irish in the Civil War

Before the Civil War, the United States had a large Irish population. When the war broke out, many of the Irish immigrants and Irish-Americans joined the Union. Learn why they chose to fight and how they impacted the progression of the war.

This online exhibit was adapted from Dr. Dennis Keating's article for the Cleveland Civil War Round Table. The original article can be found here: http://clevelandcivilwarroundtable.com/articles/society/irish.htm

Lincoln's Air Force

Professor Thaddeus Lowe was an inventor and aeronaut. After a ballooning mishap, Lowe realized the military potential of having a birds eye view of the enemy and used his fleet of War Balloons to spy on the military movements of the Confederacy. He is often called the Father of the U.S. Air Force because of the integral role that he played in introducing the military to the benefits of aviation. In later years Professor Lowe passed his love and reverance of aviation onto his granddaughter; famed aviatrix Pancho Barnes, who was a stunt pilot and member of the Ninety-Nines, an international organization of women pilots.


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