We have a winner! The 2017 preservation project will be a donation to the John Parker House for the purpose of improving signage and displays at the Parker Memorial Park which sits adjacent to the John Parker House in Ripley, OH. Checks can be presented to the preservation chairpersons (Becky and/or Randy) at a future meeting or mailed to our post office box at the following address:
Cincinnati Civil War Roundtable, PO Box 621082, Cincinnati, OH 45262
Be sure to indicate 2017 Preservation Project on the memo line.
Your donations will be matched dollar for dollar with an equal donation from the CCWRT Preservation Fund up to $500. Contributions are tax deductible. No donation is too small.
We also encourage direct donations to the Richmond Battlefield Association, the Brandy Station Foundation, the Civil War Trust, or any Civil War preservation project near and dear to your heart.
Local Project—John Parker House, Ripley, Ohio
The Parker House is a National Historic Landmark, home of African-American abolitionist, John Parker. John Parker advanced his status from former slave to successful patented inventor and businessman in Ripley before the Civil War, is credited with assisting virtually hundreds of slaves to make their way north to freedom through his Front Street home.
The John P. Parker Historical Society, Inc was founded in 1996 to recognize, commemorate and preserve the extraordinary legacy of John P. Parker and his remarkable family.
The project for the Parker House will be to improve signage and displays in Parker Memorial Park adjacent to the Parker House and to construct a barn. The barn would used to house iron items associated with the John Parker house currently exposed to the weather. For more information on preservation efforts at the John Parker house, click the following link http://www.maysville-online.com/news/local/grant-helping-john-parker-house-project/article_b52b933e-8b7b-55fd-a3b3-278f8b2f6e36.html
Regional Project—Richmond Battlefield, Kentucky
The second largest Civil War battle in Kentucky, the Battle of Richmond, was fought on August 29 & 30, 1862. The battle involved such notable military figures as Bull Nelson and Mahlon Manson for the Union pitted against Kirby Smith and Patrick Cleburne for the Confederacy. The Battle of Richmond Association was organized in 2001 to preserve this historic battlefield. They recently completed a fundraising campaign to purchase a cannon, a 3-inch ordnance rifle, for their battlefield. The Association is now undertaking a campaign to raise $15,000 to obtain a limber. For more information about efforts to purchase the limber click the following link http://battleofrichmond.org/#/cannon-campaign/4588318019
National Project—Brandy Station Battlefield, Virginia
The Battle of Brandy Station was one of history’s greatest cavalry engagements with over 20,000 troops, including 17,000 cavalry, engaged in battle. Here the famed Confederate cavalry under Major General J.E.B. Stuart narrowly defeated the Union cavalry under Brigadier General Alfred Pleasonton on June 9, 1863.
The Graffiti House served as a field hospital for the South during this and other local battles during the war. It also served as a headquarters facility for the Federal forces during the winter encampment of 1863-64. Soldiers from both sides made drawings and signed their names and units on the walls, including General Stuart. Rediscovered in 1993, much has been preserved.
The Brandy Station Foundation is currently renovating the house, which serves as their Visitor’s Center. There is now an 1860s hospital room exhibit and plans to create a media room, a brick walkway to the John Pelham Monument, and repair the front walk and porch steps. For more information about the Graffiti House preservation efforts click the following link http://www.brandystationfoundation.com/