Portage County doctors and nurses saved lives on and off the battlefield
Portage County doctors and nurses played a crucial role in saving thousands of lives of Union soldiers. They may have worked in hospitals or on the battlefield, but they all witnessed the horrors of war.
Four Portage County African-Americans honored with monuments, markers
In Portage County the slavery debate was no less heated than in the rest of the country. Some African-Americans found the freedom and happiness they longed for, while others left the county because of never-ending discrimination.
County residents among the witnesses to Lincoln’s assassination
On April 14, 1865, as the Civil War was coming to a close, President Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth during a play at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. Dr. John Morris, his brother Julius and William Broadhurst, all from Kent, Ohio, were present the night the president fell.
More stories from Portage County’s Civil War history
- Three Portage County soldiers received a Medal of Honor
- Persistent Patriot: Samuel H. Cole of Franklin Mills enlisted in the Union military four times
- Three Portage County brothers fight for the Union but only one survives
- Changing sides: John Thomas chooses the North
- Portage County residents were not in total agreement over the draft system
- Coverage differed among Portage County's newspapers during the Civil War
- Two poets interpret the Civil War and its impact on their Portage County neighbors
- Portage County soldiers detested anti-war factions
- Portage County's Buel Whitney Provides spiritual counsel to those on the battlefield
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