Battle of Buffington Island 150th Anniversary

Commemoration and Living History Weekend
July 20-21, 2013

Join us for a fun family weekend to commemorate the only significant Civil War battle fought in Ohio. Commemoration events and activities will be held throughout the weekend and include:
  • Demonstrations and living history reenactments by Civil War Reenactors
  • Commemoration of Anniversary & Dedication of Morgan’s Raid Trail Signs
  • Memorial Service and Wreath Laying
  • Wagon Tours of Battlefield
  • Rededication of the McCook Monument

Reenactors: register here.


Schedule
(subject to change)

Friday, July 19

Reenactors arrive at Buffington Island State Memorial

 

Saturday, July 20

Portland, Ohio—Buffington Island State Memorial/Portland Community Center

11 a.m. Commemoration of Anniversary & Dedication of Morgan’s Raid Trail Signs

11:30 a.m. Memorial Service

12 p.m. Lunch available at Portland Community Center (PCC)

3 p.m. Rededication of McCook Monument

  • The McCook monument is .25 miles from PCC; complimentary wagon and tractor rides to the monument will leave from PCC at 2:45.

All Day Activities (12 p.m. – 5 p.m.)

  • Living History organized by USA commander Kyle Yoho and CSA commander J. R. Sharp. Visitors can meet reenactors, explore Civil War camp life, and see demonstrations. Kids can enlist as soldiers and practice drills.
  • Wagon tours of battlefield: 45-minute tours promise to be both educational and entertaining (FREE)
  • Civil War artifacts and objects on display at PCC

 

Chester, Ohio—Downtown Chester (click here for Schedule of Events)

8 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Chester Shade Days Festival in downtown Chester

7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Civil War Ball, Chester Courthouse

 

Pomeroy, Ohio—Meigs County Historical Society

12 p.m. – 3 p.m. Special Civil War Exhibit, including encapsulated voting ballots of Civil War soldiers in 1864.

 

 

Sunday, July 21

Portland, Ohio—Buffington Island State Memorial/Portland Community Center

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Living History organized by USA commander Kyle Yoho and CSA commander J. R. Sharp. Visitors can meet reenactors, explore Civil War camp life, and see demonstrations. Kids can enlist as soldiers and practice drills.

 

Pomeroy, Ohio—Meigs County Historical Society

12 p.m. – 3 p.m. Special Civil War Exhibit, including encapsulated voting ballots of Civil War soldiers in 1864

 


Locations

Buffington Island State Memorial & Portland Community Center

Buffington Island commemorates the only Civil War battle fought in Ohio and features a monument made of broken Ohio glacial boulders. Buffington Island, and the adjacent Portland Community Center is located at 56896 State Route 124 in Portland, Ohio, 45770.

Meigs County Historical Society Museum

Located at 144 Butternut Avenue Pomeroy, Ohio, 45769, the Meigs County Historical Society museum is the oldest and has the largest collection of historic papers and artifacts in the county.  Currently, the museum features a special Civil War exhibit in the Museum Annex, along with a display of encapsulated voting ballots of Civil War soldiers in 1864, when President Abraham Lincoln was seeking a second term of office.

Chester Courthouse/Downtown Chester

Ohio’s oldest standing courthouse, built in 1823, also houses a museum. Its collection includes material on the Civil War and specifically, on Morgan’s Raiders, who ravaged the Chester community in route to Buffington Island. Chester Courthouse, in the center of downtown, is located at 46450 State Route 248, Chester, Ohio, 45720.

For additional information on Meigs County, visit meigscountytourism.com.
 
For information about the event, contact Karen Hassel at 614.297.2652.