Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Battle of the Wilderness-From Civil War Monument at Riverview Cemetery

First I just want to say Thank You to Wikepedia for all the information they provide, free of charge, as well as Pictures. I have been doing some research into the memorials of the area, and decided to see what the battles were that are chisled into the Civil War Memorial Chapel at Riverview Cemetery. Some of the battles I have heard of, but most of them, I did not. With that in mind, I decided to look the battles up and see what they were about. Forever chiseled into the stone of the building, these must have been important or BIG events for the day. Interesting that some seem to have faded into history. Wilderness is one such battle. The Battle of the Wilderness took place in Spotsylvania County and Orange County, Virginia on May 5-7, 1864. The Commanders were Ulysses S. Grant, and George G. Meade for the North, and Robert E.Lee for the South.

The North had 101,000 soldiers and the South had 61,000. There was no winner for this battle. 2,246 Union Soldiers were killed, and 1,495 Confederate Soldiers lost their lives. What stood out about this battle was the tight spaces they had to fight in. Moving about noisely on narrow trails and through thick underbrush made the fighting difficult and bloody. Now you know a little bit about the Battle of Wilderness, Virginia.

Civil War Mysteries of Riverview Cemetery

The Riverview Cemetery in East Liverpool is a very beautiful memorial park. It sits high on top of a hill and the view is amazing. It is a final resting place for a great deal of the history makers for the East Liverpool area. It is also the resting place for many Civil War Veterans from the area. The Civil War had a huge impact on the entire country. East Liverpool was no exception. Civil War memorials went up all over the county and this large building pictured here started out for just that purpose. Engraved all around the building are the names of battles from the Civil War. WILDERNESS-ATLANTA-PETERSBURG-GETTYSBURG-CHICKAMAUGA-CEDAR CREEK-SHILOH-APPOMATTOX-VICKSBURG-AND ANTIETAM Some of these battles I have heard of and some I have not.

I visited the East Liverpool Historical Society Web Site and got a little information. This building was built in 1897 honoring the Grand Army of the Republic veterans. Engraved on the walls are the names of Civil War veterans from East Liverpool and LIverpool Township. I wonder what happened to the top of this building. You can see where it was, with the flat surface on top. I was told that the building was very poorly designed and the roof nearly collapsed a few years after it was made. The top, if made of metal, was probably scrapped during the second World War. What a loss.

I decided to research the battles etched into this building and see what they are about. I will be posting what I find on here in several stories. With the upcoming Civil War Reenactment at Scenic Vista Park on May 25-26, I am eager to come up with things about the Civil War from this area for our booth. If you know any stories about this county concerning the Civil War, please let me know!