|Birth: ||Sep. 3, 1828|
|Death: ||Feb. 27, 1909|
LOUDONVILLE -- In August 1862, Bill Hannan of Perrysville enlisted in the 120th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
Over the next year or so, he saw action at Chickasaw Bayou, Arkansas Post, Port Gibson and Vicksburg under Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. Vicksburg fell to Union forces July 4, 1863.
Later, in 1864, Hannan was riding in a river troop transport upstream on the Red River in Louisiana when the ship was ambushed by Confederates. He and about 100 other Union soldiers were captured and imprisoned at Camp Ford in Tyler, Texas. Hannan also sustained a gunshot wound to the leg in the action, an injury that forced him to walk with a cane the rest of his life.
Eventually, Hannan was exchanged as a prisoner, released and returned to Perrysville, where he lived out his life, dying in 1909. He was buried in the village's Union (also called Old Town) Cemetery.
The story of Hannan and other area Civil War veterans is portrayed in an exhibit being developed at Cleo Redd Fisher Museum of the Mohican Historical Society. Curator Kenny Libben and his staff of volunteers made the decision this spring to consolidate the various pieces of Civil War artifacts, books and photographs into one exhibit. Bolstering the collection was Trevor Ross, a friend of Libben's from Loudonville who is active as a re-enactor, including the Civil War era.
"Trevor found for us, for instance, a damaged Civil War-era bugle that was owned by John Getz, who served in the Union Army during Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman's drive from Chattanooga to Atlanta, culminating with the battles of Atlanta and fall of the city in July 1864," Libben said. "Also from his collection are mini balls (the most common of civil war bullets), which were taken out of trees or fences on the route of the Atlanta campaign, a mess kit and a cartridge box. Trevor also has a journal which Getz reportedly wrote during the actions leading up to the taking of Atlanta."
Also in the collection is a letter, written in 1861, from soldier Ben Flamacery, about a visit to his training camp by first lady Mary Todd Lincoln. The letter was sent to Abby McGillis of this area, and also made references to "awaiting orders to be sent to battle."
More familiar part of the exhibit is the story of Henry Pippitt of Loudonville, whose diary records the movements, activities and casualties of Co. 6, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and its march though Kentucky and Tennessee, including witnessing the horrors of the aftermath of the Battle of Franklin, Tenn., where 1,700 Confederates, including six generals, were killed and another 5,500 wounded or captured in a futile attack on entrenched Union lines. That diary also is in the display.
From a curator's viewpoint, Libben said an artifact not yet displayed in the new exhibit is a 34-star U.S. flag from 1861 to 1883, before West Virginia was admitted to the Union as the 35th state.
"The flag is in bad shape and needs to be restored," Libben said. "Cost to restore it is estimated at $3,500, but the value of the flag, even in not good condition, is between $5,000 to $10,000."
Libben is seeking historical grant programs to cover the costs to restore the hand-stitched flag.
The new Civil War display is set up in the exhibit case visitors view as they first walk into the main entrance. The museum will be open for public viewing 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. car show Saturday, July 7.
It will be open the same hours later this summer on July 21, Aug. 4 and Sept. 1, and visitors are welcome if staff is available.
Admission is free and private tours can be arranged by calling 419-994-3050, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anna Mary Hannan (1836 - 1907)*
Note: Civil War Veteran, Co. G 120 O.V.I.
Perrysville Union Cemetery
Created by: Bill Miller
Record added: May 23, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 37400513
Researching the 120th Ohio Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War. Remembering William Hannan for his service in Company C, 120th OVI.|
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