Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Ohio in 1861

I installed "The Civil War Today" app on my IPad.  Two things about Ohio stand out in my first glance through the app.

Here's what Ohio looked like in 1861 on one war-era map.

My town, Newark, shows up pretty prominently on here, showing that the war, alone, was not what put Newark on the map.  Newark was a stand out before then.

Today, Newark is among the top 20 largest cities, by population, in Ohio and remains a standout place.

It's also noteworthy that May 26, 1961 was when General McClellan's Department of Ohio crossed the Ohio River on it way to the first ground skirmish of the war in western Virginia.  So, yes, the movement of Union troops for the first ground engagement began in Ohio.

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