Civil War Photo Contest
- Jul 29, 2013
We had the same conversation about the gravel pits in the past. I didn't take any photos because it ticks me off to no end about this lack of preservation.The Ohio Historical Society interpretive kiosk on the four acre parcel owned by OHS is quite nice. I helped to write those interpretive panels. They're very well cone.
I note that you took no photos of the sand and gravel pit, Bill. That's the spot where Judah's and Hobson's forces converged and squeezed Morgan's men. It's the site of the heaviest fighting. I was involved in the attempt to stop it from being built. We were unable to prevail--the sand and gravel company argued that the size and blend of gravel there was unique and could not be found anywhere else, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources bought into the argument. After that, we failed with the Army Corps of Engineers, and it was all over. When the criminal Bob Taft refused to consider appropriating the land by eminent domain, it became cast in stone.
The worst part?
The sand and gravel company is under no obligation to fill that pit back in the when they're done. The proposal that was approved was to fill it as a lake for recreational purposes, meaning that the portion of the battlefield where the heaviest portion of the fighting occurred has been forever obliterated.
Come back some time, and I will take you to Duke's surrender site. It's impossible to find if you don't know where you're going or if you're not with someone who does know.
P.S. @Eric Wittenberg : I have exchanged emails with David Mowery. He has been a big help in my tours through Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio. The book "Morgan's Raid Across Ohio" is a wonderful tool!