This month is the time for arranging the Exhibit Hall for the Spring Quilt Show, preparing the Fort for visitors, recruiting participants for our annual festival, preparing our Interpreters for tours, publicizing our youth activities, developing advertising for print, tv and online media, and getting ready for our annual dinner next month. Read more about it in our monthly email update.
We function as well as we do because of the support of our members and sponsoring organizations and all the wonderful volunteers who give their time and talent to “Keeping History Alive!” Thanks to all who have helped us greet another spring!
As part of our Women's History Month Exhibit, there are panels on a protest submitted to the US Congress by the women of Steubenville in 1830. It concerned the government's efforts to move the Cherokee nation from their ancestral land in Georgia for the purposes of settlement - and to seize the gold that lay below it. In the legal battle, the Supreme Court ruled “the Indian nation was a “distinct community in which the laws of Georgia can have no force” and into which Georgians could not enter without the permission of the Cherokees themselves or inconformity with treaties. However, President Andrew Jackson refused to enforce the ruling, instead, using the Indian Removal Act of 1830 to forcibly remove the recalcitrant tribes. There were, however, small pockets of opposition to the removal of Cherokees in Georgia and occasionally groups of people, such as the Quakers and an occasional abolitionist championed their rights. The women from Steubenville, Ohio used their only political right, the right of petition, to protest the Cherokee removal and to argue in favor of Native American natural rights. Their petition was ignored, but has remained a testimony to their commitment to what is right and just.
"We solemnly and honestly appeal, to save this remnant of a much injured people from annihilation, to shield our country from the curses denounced on the cruel and ungrateful, and to shelter the American character from lasting dishonor."
Approximately 150,000 Irish served in the Army of the Potomac and 30,000 served in the Confederate States Army during America's Civil War. The soldiers who served in the 63rd NY, 69th NY, 88th NY, 28 MA, 29th MA, and 116th PA fought with ferocity, courage, and discipline. They were the Irish Brigade, the elite fighting machine of the Army of the Potomac. They were "... high souled, high toned young Irish patriots, who imbibed from his lips their passionate love of Ireland . . . . (a) group of festive fox hunters and a class of exquisites ... good for a fight or a card game." [Captain John Joyce] Their successes would improve their chances at reducing the anti-immigrant attitudes in America as well as laying the groundwork to win independence to Ireland. Learn more about these Irish soldiers on Saturday, March 17 at 10:30 a.m. when Roger Micker will deliver a program on the Irish Brigade's role in the Civil War. Micker, president of the Ohio Valley Civil War Roundtable, retired from teaching history at Steubenville High School. He is a member of Ohio's Civil War History Committee and Friends of Getttysburg and a contributing writer for the Ohio History Connection.