Saturday, March 29, 2003

Morgan's Raiders return


Artist, actors honor Civil War heritage

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MONTGOMERY - The town that dreaded the arrival of Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan in 1863 will welcome him back in spirit next month.

Civil War artist Mort Kunstler will use Montgomery as the location for his latest painting, "Morgan's Ohio Raid, July 14, 1863." The 38-by-22-inch oil painting is an official Ohio Bicentennial Commission project.

Kunstler will sign 100 limited-edition prints from 2-5 p.m. April 26 at the site pictured in his painting - the old Universalist Church.

Meanwhile in Georgetown, the seventh annual U.S. Grant Civil War Re-enactment and Living History, featuring Morgan's Raiders re-enactors, will be held from 11 a.m. to noon April 26 in front of the historic Brown County Courthouse.

They will present the decisive Battle of Buffington Island at 4 p.m. that day at the Brown County Fairgrounds. Admission is $3 for adults. Students may attend for free. More Civil War events will continue in Georgetown April 27.

At the Universalist Church in Montgomery on April 26, a Morgan's Raid symposium will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Four guests will discuss Civil War topics:

• Richard Crawford, a historian and author from Amelia, will explain how Morgan's Raiders crossed Clermont County.

Robert Bradley, a Montgomery physician, will talk about Civil War surgery.

• David Mowery,of Loveland, will explain efforts to establish the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail in Ohio.

• Bing Spitler, an author and executive director of Sharon Woods Historic Village, will discuss his book about James Madison Cutts Jr., a Union officer who served in a law firm with Basil Duke, a member of Morgan's Confederate unit and his brother-in-law.

Montgomery Elementary students and parents will prepare authentic Union flags to hang on the buildings that stood during the raid. The Blue Ash Public Library will display materials relating to the raid.

"Information: www.mortkunstler.com. Montgomery: 891-2424. Georgetown: (Stan Purdy) 937-378-4119.

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WAYNESVILLE - The village Tree Board has received a 2003 Community Tree Planting Grant from the National Tree Trust.

Waynesville will receive 300 tree seedlings that will be planted throughout the community.

Information: 897-8015.

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OXFORD - The William Holmes McGuffey Museum has received a $24,000 gift from the family of Ernst M. and Helen S. Ruder.

Curator Beverly Bach said the gift is in memory of Sterling Cook, the museum's curator for many years.

The museum, 410 E. Spring St., is the house in which McGuffey lived while working at Miami University in the 1800s.

Hours: 1-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. During commencement weekend, the museum will extend its hours to 1-7 p.m. May 3 and 1-5 p.m. May 4.

Information: 529-8380.

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BATAVIA - Clermont County Area Hikers and Walker are planning hikes and related events at:

• 10 a.m. April 5 at Grailville, 932 O'Bannionville Road, Loveland.

• 1-3 p.m. April 12 at Room 151 at Clermont County, where Karlen Topping, a children's librarian who has hiked the Appalachian Trail, will discuss her experiences.

Information: 735-8979.

Randy McNutt's community column appears on Saturday. Contact him at the Enquirer, 7700 Service Center Drive, West Chester, OH 45069. Telephone: 755-4158. Fax: 755-4150. E-mail: Rmcnutt@enquirer.com.




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