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Ohio and Civil War exhibit at Historic Fort Steuben

November 8, 2012
From staff reports , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - An exhibit commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War is on display at Historic Fort Steuben's Visitor Center through Nov. 16,

According to Judy Bratten, executive director of the fort, the exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Entitled Ohio & the Civil War, the exhibit provides information on the people and places in Ohio that played a significant role during that tumultuous period, with particular attention to Steubenville and Jefferson County participants.

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CIVIL WAR EXHIBIT — Mary Snyder of the Historic Fort Steuben examines a frock coat at the Ohio and the Civil War exhibit on display at the Historic Fort Steuben Visitors Center. - Dave Gossett

"The Civil War touched everyone's life. From the country folk to the city dwellers, everyone had a loved one involved in the war effort. The men of Jefferson County were eager to serve and many gave their lives in places they otherwise might never have gone to," explained Bratten.

The display portrays the many generals who came from Ohio, including some who went on to high office after the war ended. Also featured is information about "Camp Steubenville," a training site in Mingo Junction and the role of the telegraph during the war.

"Not many people are aware that Steubenville had two native sons who were in daily contact with President Abraham Lincoln in the War Room during this period," noted Bratten. "One who is well known is Edwin McMasters Stanton, Secretary of War. But the other person who is less known was David Homer Bates, a telegraph operator. Together they served to communicate strategies and news to and from the battlefields."

Historic Fort Steuben is located at 120 S. Third St.

Information about the exhibit or other activities at the fort and Visitors Center is available by calling (740) 283-1787 or by e-mailing

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