Late 1800s, early 1900s
Ohio’s American Civil War soldiers and civilians sought to commemorate the troopers’ devotion to and service with the United States by constructing monuments and other memorials.
During the American Civil War, Ohio provided the federal government with 260 regiments of men, including infantry, artillery, and cavalry units. Ohioans also served in several other regiments from other states, most notably from Kentucky, West Virginia, and Massachusetts, as well as in federal units. Almost 330,000 Ohio men, including 5,092 African Americans, served in the Union military during the conflict.
Ohio’s soldiers and civilians sought to commemorate the troopers’ devotion to and service with the United States by constructing monuments and other memorials. Ohioans completed the first of these commemorations during the Civil War, with hundreds more being built after the conflict. Ohioans have built at least 295 monuments to commemorate Civil War veterans, civilians, political leaders, and war-related events in the state. Eighty-six of the state’s eighty-eight counties contain Civil War monuments, with Hamilton County, Lucas County, Lorain County, Brown County, and Franklin County each boasting ten or more memorials each. Only Clinton County and Noble County do not contain Civil War monuments.
Following the Civil War, the Grand Army of the Republic’s Philip Kearney Camp of Nelsonville, Ohio raised funds to dedicate a cannon memorial in the Greenlawn Cemetery of Doanville, Ohio. The memorial consisted of a concrete slab with a cannon and a flagpole. The cannon was a six-pound piece and was manufactured in Salisburg, Massachussetts in 1853. The United States government purchased the cannon, which was utilized by the Union Army during the Civil War. The memorial was subsequently surrounded by the graves of veterans from the Civil War and from the Spanish-American War.
The memorial was refurbished by the York Township trustees in 1995. Officials repaired the cannon and poured a new and larger concrete slab. The memorial is currently in very good condition. It is located at 15550 Elm Rock Road in Doanville.