Old News from the 100th OVI

Ohio Historical Society Honors Contributors to the Save the Flag Campaign

Columbus, OH—The Ohio Historical Society held a reception on Sunday, September 25 to honor organizations and individuals who donated to the Save the Flag Campaign. Devoted to conserving and displaying Ohio’s Civil War battle flags, the Save the Flag Campaign has raised more than $165,000 since 1998, which, along with state funding, has allowed the Society to conserve a total of 19 flags.

An important feature of the event was the presence and words of Ohio’s Adjutant General, Major General Deborah A. Ashenhurst who assumed the duties as the Adjutant General, Ohio National Guard, on January 10, 2011. Ashenhurst’s presence was important because, while the Society is honored to be the custodian of the flags, they are actually part of the collection of the Ohio Adjutant General. This collection includes 553 flags, three quarters of which are from the Civil War.

In attendance were donors who contributed to the Battle Flag General Conservation Fund and those who adopted an individual flag. During the program, the Society recognized the donors of $1,000 and greater who were present: • The Army of the Ohio • 4th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry Descendants Association • 14th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Reenacting Unit • Ohio Society Children of the American Revolution • Mark Holbrook, The Ohio Historical Society

Additionally, the Society expressed gratitude to the numerous honorees who supported the preservation of 19 flags, which have been treated and housed in frames for display purposes. In the process of learning about the intricate preservation process, event attendees learned about the most recent developments in the Save the Flag Campaign, including: • Two flags have recently returned from the conservator: the 5th United States Colored Troops Flank Marker and the 4th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry (OVC) Regimental Colors. The Gordon Chandler Memorial Fund of the Columbus Foundation (for the 5th USCT Flank Marker) and the Ohio Society Children of the American Revolution & 4th OVC Descendants Association (for the 4th OVC Regimental Colors) donated funds for these flags’ preservation. • A flag, the 2nd Ohio Veterans Volunteer Cavalry Regimental Colors, has recently gone to the conservator and will return to the Society in June 2012. The conservation of this flag is supported by the Sidney Frohman Foundation of Suffolk, VA and an anonymous donor. • A flag from the 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regimental Colors has been adopted by the Army of the Ohio, the Army Historical Foundation, and by an individual donor, Jeane H. Candido, of Dublin. • A flag of the 121st Ohio Volunteer Infantry was adopted by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company. The 121st OVI was the regiment of Scotts’ founder, O.M. Scott.

This campaign and the attendees’ donations take on greater significance as Ohioans commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Ohio’s battle flags are a physical representation of Ohioans’ participation in the Civil War and a reminder of the state’s important role in it. Visitors to the Ohio History Center can view 10 of the conserved flags on display in the Follow the Flag exhibit.

The Ohio Battle Flag Collection The Ohio Battle Flag collection is one of the largest in the country. The Ohio Battle Flag Collection was photographed before preservation in the 1960s. These prints, plus slides showing an artist's rendition of each flag as it appeared originally, are available for viewing online. Fight for the Colors provides access to images of and information about Ohio battle flags. You also may order copies of photographs or slides by calling the Society's Photo Duplication Office at (614) 297-2543.

The flags were gathered in the late nineteenth century at the Ohio Statehouse and exhibited there, first in the Flag Room, then in the Rotunda. In the mid-1960s, most of the flags were conserved under the direction of a Flag Preservation Committee and the National Guard. The technique involved adhering a flag to fine nylon fabric with a plastic-like substance (polyvinyl alcohol or PVA) in order to provide stability and support for the flag. About half of the flags were mounted for hanging, while the rest either were not treated or were treated and furled around flag poles.

The Society exhibited the hanging and furled flags for public viewing until 1988. Over time, however, the PVA became brittle and the nylon fabric supports began to curl and fray. Due to concern about their condition, the flags were removed to the Society's storage facility, where they are protected from dust, light and handling while they await new conservation treatment.

100th Regimental Flag on display at the Ohio Historical Society in Columbus.

The flag that the 14th Ohio Reeancting Unit sponsored to conserve is available to be viewed. It is quite a site to see. Free addmisson will be granted for Museum Day on September 25th. Check their website of hours of operation at www.ohiohistory.org.

They have arrived!!! Gen. Hayes' relics are on display at the Fulton County Historical Society.

The ceremonial sword and Gen. Hayes' personal sword along with two pistols were given back to the Town of Wauseon during a ceremny on one of the most significant days in the 100ths history, August 6, 1864, which was the Battle of Utoy Creek which many of our ancestors fought and died in. Please refer to the link below to check for FCHS hours of operation.


The Civil War Preservation Trust has been saving acres of Franklin for several years and have saved over 110 to date. Now they are trying to save one more acre, the importance of this is that this is THE acre the 100th fought and died on. If there is anyway to show your support for our ancestors and the 100th, this is it. Please visit the CWPT site at www.civilwar.org/franklin10 or www.franklinscharge.com. I will keep posting any developments.

The Fulton County Historical Society announced that they have been awarded a $1,500.00 research grant from the Ohio Humanities Council for future contributions to the State of Ohio’s “Ohio Civil War 150” commemoration (2011-2015). If you get a chance check The FHS out at Hell and the Homefront

New grave marker for McConnell Miller

I was very blessed to be able to meet and work with the Tracey Wilder and her family on their project. Tracey contacted me in March of 08 about her ancestor McConnell Miller of Co. F. At Whitehouse Cemetery in Whitehouse, Ohio, his gravestone was almost impossible to read and was in need of replacement. I offered up my help and we were able to get the new marker and with the help of Traceys family, we set the new marker. We had a nice ceremony and the family laid yellow roses at his grave. It always feels good to see a new marker and know it will be there for generations to come. Thanks Tracey for allowing me to help.

Soldier in the Spotlight


Lt. Israel K. Cramer enlisted as a Sergeant in Co. E on August 7, 1862 at 29 years old. With the loss at Limestone there as a need to fill officers positions and he was transferred to Co. F and was commissioned as 2nd. Lt.

Israel served his company during the Siege of Knoxville and the Atlanta Campaign. He as wounded in the shoulder and back at Utoy Creek. The family story has always been that he was wounded and left on the battlefield for a day or more and that he credited his survival to the maggots that infested his wounds. His company took the worst casualties of the battle; 14 killed 9 wounded. He would recover from his wounds and resigned his commission February 24, 1865.

Izzy as he was known and his wife had six children. When he got older he moved to Virginia to live with one of his daughters. He died in 1911 at 78 and is buried next to his wife in the Faben/Cramer family plot in Woodlawn Cemetery in Toledo.

Submitted by Israel’s ancestor, Jane Moment Jordan