Sunday, July 22, 2012

Cincinnati's Washington Park's Civil War Connection

Just got back from a series of concerts in the newly redeveloped Washington Park in downtown Cincinnati.  Originally a series of cemeteries to 1855, the area was turned into a park.  In recent years, it had become unsafe and run down, but the city invested millions of dollars in its redevelopment which has been accomplished.

It did play a role during the Civil War when it was a center for recruitment for Ohio Irish, German and regiments black regiments.  One of these blacks was Powhatan Beats who won the Medal of Honor at the Battle of Chaffin's Farm in September 1864.

Bringing It Back.  --Old Secesh

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