History & Tourism

Richland Roots: General Franklin Sawyer, A Hero Of Gettysburg

21 Mar , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

In our Richland Roots series, we briefly present the lives of men and women from Richland County — either by birth, or residence — that have made important contributions to American history but who may not be household names.

Other posts in our series can be read here.

Today, we share facts about Brevet Brigadier General Franklin Sawyer. More…

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History & Tourism

Richland Roots: Shelby’s Forgotten Medal Of Honor Recipient

16 Jan , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

In the 1980s, the name of David L. Cockley and tales of his heroism on the battlefield of the American Civil War, were largely forgotten. Efforts to organize records and sprucing up of Shelby’s Oakwood Cemetery in that period resulted in the recognition of just who he was.

Cockley was born in 1843 and entered the Union Army on October 20, 1862 as a private, quickly advancing to the rank of Full Lieutenant.

It was at the Battle of  Waynesboro on December 4, 1864 that Lieutenant Cockley did something truly admirable and for which he was later awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.


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History & Tourism

Mansfield Statue Could Serve As A Model For Toppled Twin

27 Jul , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Correction and Update: A huge “thank you” to a reader who pointed out that the Mansfield statue that is a twin to that in New York is the one which stands in Mansfield’s Central Park, and is not the one in South Park. While both local statues have single Civil War soldiers standing with a rifle, the placement of the hands is different. A Google Maps view of the downtown statue can be viewed here.

That said, we have to say how wonderful is it that Mansfield boasts two quality figures on statues honoring local Civil War units!

We hope to do a story on the Central Park statue this week.

Two Civil War statues sitting 540 miles apart from one another have something in common.

As followers of national news know, the country and its communities have been having a very public dialogue about how best to commemorate all aspects of the past. In some cities and villages, monuments have been removed or destroyed in recent weeks. More…

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RichHistory Weekend: The Ohio Civil War Show

3 May , 2017  

The timing is terrific – at the same time that some 15 historic venues in Richland County will be open to the public during RichHistory Weekend, the 49th Annual Civil War Show and 25th Annual Artillery Show will be taking place at the Richland County Fairgrounds.

Spread out over seven buildings with an amazing 750 tables of military items and memorabilia to buy, sell, or trade, the show will also include a number of items from the periods of World Wars I and II. More…

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