The Lytle Camp joined with Historic New Richmond and Clermont County Commissioner Bob Proud to pay tribute to “Unconditional Surrender” Grant on the grounds of his birth at picturesque Point Pleasant, Ohio on the banks of the Ohio River.
The event featured cannon and musket firings, Bluegrass music by the East Fork Junction band and displays of various goods and historic artifacts. The Grant Memorial Church turned their lower level into a kitchen and dining hall offering sumptuous meals and a gathering place for fellowship.
Camp Commander Kerry Langdon spoke on the SUVCW and Ulysses S. Grant achievements during the Civil War, accomplishing what no other General was able to accomplish; winning victories at Vicksburg and Chattanooga and accepting the Confederate sword of surrender at Appomattox.
PDC Jim Houston mesmerized the audience by reading his ancestral Civil War period letters allowing all a personal glimpse into the thoughts and feelings of a Civil War soldier at war and away from home and loved ones.
Clermont County Commissioner Bob Proud spoke fervently about keeping Grant on the $50 bill in spite of the motion that has been introduced to replace Grant with Ronald Reagan.
Greg Roberts of Historic New Richmond gave a fascinating talk about the house where Grant was born. It traveled around the US by rail, boat and truck for many years before being returned to its original spot at Point Pleasant.
Famed soloist John Hale gave a marquis performance singing “America” and Amazing Grace”
In spite of the rain, the turnout was good and all enjoyed paying tribute to our 18th President.
Last Civil War Veteran buried in Hamilton County Ohio
On Sunday, Oct. 14, 2007, The Lytle Camp dedicated a memorial plaque to recognize the final resting place of the last Union Civil War veteran of Hamilton County – Frederick Pfiester, Sr.
Pvt. Pfiester was born in April 1846 and died in his 101st year in March 1947. He joined Company F of the 11th Ohio Volunteer Infantry at age 16 for the defense of Cincinnati in 1862. He also served with Company B of the 137th Ohio Volunteer Infantry in 1864. After the Civil War, Pvt. Pfiester was a member of the Cincinnati Board of Aldermen (City Council) and the Ohio Legislature. Active in veterans’ affairs, he was for 50 years Commander of the Gen. George H. Thomas Post #13 of the GAR in Cincinnati. In 1937 he served as Ohio Department Commander of the GAR.
Descendants of Pvt. Pfiester from Texas and Florida were in attendance to assist in the dedication. Key participants included: Todd Portune, president of the Board of Hamilton County Commissioners; David V. Medert, National Sr. Vice Commander-in-Chief of the SUVCW; Charles Reeves, Lytle Camp Commander; Kenton County Sheriff Chuck Korzenborn; the Oola Kahn Grotto Band of Cincinnati, and several Civil War re-enactment groups including uniformed representatives from the 6th OVI, 35th OVI, the 75th OVI and the 19th U. S. Infantry Color Guard and the Nelson-Garfield Camp #3, SUVCW.
Special thanks to: Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum, Jack Simon, Civil War Historian, Hamilton County Genealogical Society, Hamilton County Commissioners
Last Civil War Veteran buried in Clinton County Ohio
Pvt. Baldwin was born July 1, 1843. In September of 1864, he enlisted and was mustered into Co. G of the 175th Ohio Volunteer Infantry at Camp Dennison, Ohio. He was captured by General Hood's confederate army at Columbia, Tennessee on November 29, 1864. As a prisoner of war he was imprisoned at Andersonville in Georgia, where over 13,000 Union soldiers died. He was paroled and discharged at Camp Chase in Columbus, Ohio on June 24, 1865. Just short of his 100th birthday, in 1943, T.B. "Bent" Baldwin died and was buried along with 130 other Civil War soldiers in the Blanchester I.O.O.F. Cemetery.
Participants included: Commissioners of Clinton County, Thomas White, Mayor of Blanchester, American Legion Post 179, Co.C, 20th OVI, Sons of Veterans Reserve, Blanchester I.O.O.F. Cemetery Association., Don Darby, National SUVCW,