A New Year for the 61st OVI

After General Sherman captured Savannah, General Grant initially ordered him to embark his army on ships and join Grant’s army at Richmond, Virginia.  However, Sherman disagreed, and with the capture of Fort Fisher near Wilmington, North Carolina, on January 15, convinced General Grant that Sherman and his army should march north through the Carolinas destroying everything of military value on the way.  Sherman specifically targeted South Carolina, the first state to secede from the Union.

On February 1, 1865, Sherman headed north toward Columbia, South Carolina, with 60,000 soldiers divided into two columns.  On February 17, Sherman’s army captured Columbia, and forced the evacuation of Charleston, South Carolina, on February 17 and 18.  Sherman then headed north, virtually unopposed, crossing into North Carolina on March 8, occupying Fayetteville, North Carolina, on March 11.

From Fayetteville, Sherman’s next target was Goldsboro, North Carolina.  Recognizing this, Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston, with a Confederate force of about 21,000, attacked the Union army at Bentonville, North Carolina.  This is the last major battle of the Civil War, involving about 80,000 troops, and was the climax of Sherman’s highly successful Carolinas campaign.  The Union army heavily out-numbered the Confederates.  Estimated casualties from the battle are 1,527 for the Union and 2,606 for the Confederates.  Of note is that Robert Patterson was severely wounded during this battle.

Sherman’s Carolina campaign was highly successful.  His army laid waste to a 45-mile wide swath of countryside from Savannah, Georgia to Goldsboro, North Carolina, and forced the Confederate army into one last battle at Bentonville.





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Archives closed on Jan. 19

We will be closed on Monday, January 19, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. We apologize for any inconvenience. (However, we will still be open on Sunday, January 18, from 1:00-5:00.)

Following our closing on January 19th, we will re-open on Tuesday, January 20, at 8:30 a.m.

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Archives News – November/December 2014

Did you have a good holiday season? We did!

Here are some highlights of what we were up to in November and December:

In November, we installed two exhibits on the second floor of Dunbar Library. One exhibit focuses on local Congressman Tony Hall’s work to fight worldwide hunger and features materials came from our Tony Hall Papers (MS-341). The other exhibit highlights the Dayton Council on World Affairs (MS-46).

Tony Hall exhibit, Nov. 2014

Tony Hall exhibit, Nov. 2014

Also in November:

  • Dawne Dewey hosted a tour for Brigadier General Kathryn Johnson, who was visiting from the Washington, DC, area, as a guest of the WSU Institute for Defense Studies and Education.
  • Gino Pasi gave a tour for the Air Force ROTC Commander, as well as WSU’s ROTC leaders.
  • Lisa Rickey gave a presentation on our collections & services to Dr. Thoresen’s Ohio History class (HST 3650) in connection with one of their assignments.

On December 12, Gino Pasi and some of our Public History students instructed students at Fairborn High School in the use of primary sources.

Gino Pasi instructs some Fairborn High School students in the value of archival materials, Dec. 12, 2014.

Gino Pasi instructs some Fairborn High School students in the value of archival materials, Dec. 12, 2014.

We also installed two new exhibits on the first floor of Dunbar Library. Lisa Rickey and archives student worker Nina Herzog installed “Grand Estates of Dayton,” depicting many of Dayton’s great historic mansions, in the two stairwell cases. Dawne Dewey created and installed a related exhibit focused solely on Wrights’ mansion, Hawthorn Hill, in the Alumni case.

"The Wrights at Home: Hawthorn Hill" exhibit, Dec. 2014

“The Wrights at Home: Hawthorn Hill” exhibit, Dec. 2014

Nina Herzog with her exhibit, "Grand Estates of Dayton," Dec. 2014.

Nina Herzog with her exhibit, “Grand Estates of Dayton,” Dec. 2014.

On December 19, we announced the completion of the Oscar Ladley (MS-138) Civil War letters digitization project. We are very excited that these wonderful primary source materials are now freely accessible worldwide via CORE Scholar!

Also in December:

  • Chris Wydman presented a workshop on email management.
  • All Special Collections & Archives staff participated in our annual strategic planning retreat, on Dec. 19.
  • Special Collections & Archives was closed for winter break, Dec. 23-Jan. 1, along with the rest of the university.

And now, we look forward to what 2015 may bring! Happy new year!

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