Listing of all day-by-day events of the American Civil War related to the state of Ohio.
The American Civil War crossed borders throughout many states as the nation was plunged into turmoil. Key battles were fought throughout the land with the most being recorded in the state of Virginia followed by the state of Tennessee. The war stretched into loosely established territories in the West as well and involved actions in international waters and support from foreign powers. In the end, the fractured country required decades of healing and its scars can still be seen today.
There are a total of (10)Civil War Events by State - Ohio events in the CivilWarTimeline.net database. Entries are listed below by date-of-occurrence ascending (first-to-last). Other leading and trailing events are also included for perspective.
Day-by-Day Timeline of Events
May 11, 1861
U.S. Army General George McClellan is set in charge of the Department of the Ohio covering the states of Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania (western) and Virginia (western).
May 24, 1861
Union forces cross the Ohio River into Virginia. Part of their mission is to secure forces loyal to the north found in the eastern part of the state.
March 15, 1863
The Department of the Ohio now falls under the command of General Ambrose Burnside.
July 2, 1863
Confederate General John Morgan leads his cavalry forces on the first of several raids throughout Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio. The raiding actions will run nearly a month.
July 13, 1863
General John Morgan's Confederate cavalry is spotted just north of Cincinnati, Ohio during one of his many raiding actions in Union territory.
July 26, 1863
General John Morgan and his raiding cavalry forces are taken prisoner by Union elements near New Lisbon, Ohio.
November 29, 1863
Prisoner General John Morgan and six associates dig their way to freedom from an Ohio prison.
July 2, 1864
The Wade-Davis Bill of 1864, covering a proposal for reconstruction of the South following a conclusion to the war, is passed by both houses of Congress. However, much to the dismay of Radial Republicans, Lincoln does not sign the bill. Instead it is vetoed as Lincoln looks for a less severe plan. Authors of the Wade-Davis Bill are Senator Benjamin Wade (Ohio) and Representative Henry Winter Davis (Maryland).
August 31, 1864
President Lincoln delivers a speech to the men of the 148th Ohio Regiment.
January 31, 1865
By this date, the Confederate prisoner count at Camp Chase (Columbus, Ohio) nears 9,425.