Saturday, September 27, 2003

Marker dedication gives Black Brigade limelight

Lantern walk along Hamilton's historic Dayton Lane

Randy McNutt

DOWNTOWN - The Ohio Bicentennial Commission will dedicate a historical marker to the Cincinnati Black Brigade at 3 p.m. today at Broadway Commons at Sawyer Point.

In September 1862, the unit worked for three weeks to build fortifications on the Ohio River in Kentucky when Cincinnati anticipated an invasion by Confederates.

The rebels moved around the city, however, and headed north through other towns in Hamilton County.

This summer, the Ohio General Assembly adopted a resolution recognizing and commending the brigade for its work to support the Union during the Civil War.

In part, the new marker reads:

"Judge William Martin Dickson, who favored enlisting black soldiers in the Union Army, assumed command of the brigade, composed of 1,000 African-American volunteers determined to fight to end slavery.

From Sept. 2-20, they cleared forests and built military roads, rifle pits, and fortifications.

"Receiving deserved praise for their labor, the unit disbanded when the Confederate forces no longer imperiled the city.

"Members of the Cincinnati Black Brigade, first black unit with military purpose in the Civil War, later fought with the 127th Ohio Voluntary Infantry and other black regiments."

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HAMILTON-The Dayton Lane Historic Area will present its first Ghost Walk at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Oct. 11 and Oct. 18.

For one hour, you'll walk by the light of a lantern through one of Hamilton's oldest neighborhoods and hear about its legends and ghosts. Then you'll attend a reception at either the Benninghofen House or the Reister House.

Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Meet at the Wolf Gazebo in the 900 block of Campbell Avenue.

Admission, $15 per person. For reservations call 887-1100 or stop at Nye Family Vision, 712 Dayton St.


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MASON-Kevin Williams, co-author of The Amish Cook: Recollections and Recipes from an Old Order Amish Family, will sign and discuss his book at the Mason Public Library at 1 p.m. Oct. 18.

He will answer questions about Amish cooking and cultural traditions.

The book will be available for purchase.

Williams thought of the idea for the Amish Cook recipe newspaper column in 1991. He writes with Lovina Coblentz, daughter of his original partner, Elizabeth Coblentz.

In addition to Amish history and traditions, the book includes more than 70 recipes.

The talk is free, but you must register. Information: 398-2771.

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MIAMI TWP.-The Milford-Miami Township Branch of the Clermont County Public Library will hold a book discussion on James Alexander Thom's Follow the River at 7 p.m. Oct. 6.

The library is at 1099 Ohio 131.

Information: 248-0700.

Randy McNutt's community column runs on Saturday. Contact him at The Enquirer, 7700 Service Center Drive, West Chester OH 45069. Telephone: 755-4158. Fax: 755-4150. E-mail:

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