Published on July 11, 2018

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A Civil War Conference:
Buckeyes in Blue:  Ohio Soldiers in the Shenandoah Valley

Saturday, October 13, 2018, 10am-5:00pm
Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums
Fremont, Ohio

Clockwise from upper left: George Crook, William McKinley, Thomas Wildes, Philip Sheridan

Soldiers from Ohio played a critical role in most of the major battles in the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War, including the far-ranging clashes during Stonewall Jackson’s 1862 Valley Campaign, the 1863 Second Battle of Winchester that opened the road to Gettysburg, and the titanic struggles at Third Winchester and Cedar Creek in 1864.  If you call the roll at the Valley’s most pivotal battles, Ohio was there.

On Saturday, October 13, the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation will offer it’s first-ever one-day traveling conference.  The conference, “Buckeyes in Blue”: Ohio Soldiers in the Shenandoah Valley, will focus on personalities such as Rutherford B. Hayes, William McKinley, Philip H. Sheridan, and Thomas Wildes, units such as the 116th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, incidents and events in 1862, 1863, and 1864, and poignant stories of everyday soldiers who found themselves caught in the frightful whirlwind of war so far from home and family.

“I’ll be [damned] if this flag retreats while I carry it” – Corp. Henry T. Johnson, color bearer, 116th Ohio, Third Battle of Winchester

Speakers will include Scott L. Mingus, Scott C. Patchan, Keven M. Walker, Christie M. Weininger, and Eric J. Wittenberg.  For biographies of our speakers, click here.

Topics will include:
Scott L. MingusThe 123rd Ohio at Second Winchester
Scott C. PatchanFrom Somerset to the Shenandoah: Phil Sheridan’s Rocky Road
Keven M. WalkerThe 116th Ohio: From Ohio to the Valley and Back
Christie M. WeiningerRutherford B. Hayes in the Civil War
Eric J. WittenbergGeorge Crook in the Valley

Cost: $27 for members; $30 for non-members.  Registration includes lunch.

Pre-registration is required, and space will be limited.  To register, call 540-740-4545 or click here or below.

Conference Site
The conference will be held at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums in Fremont, Ohio.  The HPLM is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner for the federal presidential library system. HPLM is located at President Hayes’ 25-acre wooded estate, called Spiegel Grove. For more information, click here.

Visitor Information
For information about historic sites, attractions, lodging, and dining opportunities in the area, see the Sandusky County Tourism website here.  For more information, call 800-255-8070.



“Oh, God, how terrible is war.  Here lies a dear comrade bleeding and dying at your side who can just breathe the name of his mother, sister, or wife, and he is gone.” – Private Thomas Evans, 25th Ohio Infantry, Battle of Cross Keys