130th Ohio General Assembly
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S. C. R. No. 7  As Reported by the House Veterans Affairs Committee
As Reported by the House Veterans Affairs Committee

129th General Assembly
Regular Session
2011-2012
S. C. R. No. 7


Senator Seitz 

Cosponsors: Senators Turner, Cates, Grendell, Schiavoni, Bacon, Cafaro, Jones, Patton, Beagle, Wagoner, Schaffer, LaRose, Tavares, Daniels, Brown, Coley, Faber, Hite, Hughes, Kearney, Lehner, Manning, Niehaus, Obhof, Oelslager, Smith, Widener, Wilson 

Representatives Johnson, Rosenberger, Pillich, Bubp, Butler, Hagan, C., Landis, Milkovich, Young, Yuko 



A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
To honor Ohio ancestors for the unrivaled contribution they made to winning the American Civil War and, in observing the Sesquicentennial years of the War, 2011 through 2015, to urge Ohioans to draw inspiration from the courage, cooperation, and persistence that were displayed by their Ohio ancestors during the American Civil War.


BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE STATE OF OHIO
(THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CONCURRING):


       WHEREAS, From 2011 through 2015, the United States will observe the Sesquicentennial, the 150th anniversary, of the American Civil War and in so doing will commemorate the citizen-soldiers of many states; and

       WHEREAS, The Civil War was one of the hardest fought wars in history as it averaged seven battles, firefights, or other armed clashes every day for four years. Furthermore, the Civil War was the costliest war in terms of human life in the history of this country, killing an estimated 620,000 men, an average of 599 deaths every day of the war. The loss of life was greater than in American wars from the American Revolution to the Korean War combined; and

       WHEREAS, After nearly 150 years of focusing on the Civil War's eastern theater consisting of Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, historians are beginning to realize how the outcome of the Civil War was largely shaped by the western theater of the war, which was fought mostly by troops from the midwestern states. Of all of the northern states fighting in that theater, Ohio supplied the largest number of soldiers, more than 300,000 troops. Furthermore, soldiers from Ohio fought in every campaign and most major battles in the western theater of the war and participated in many of the battles in the eastern theater as well; and

       WHEREAS, The war's greatest general, Ulysses S. Grant, and the Union's second most important general, William Tecumseh Sherman, were both native Ohioans. In addition, other notable war leaders were from Ohio, including General Philip H. Sheridan, Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, and Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase; and

       WHEREAS, Ohio's strategic location and its numerous farms, factories, and railroad tracks made it one of the Civil War's most important sources of war supplies, including horses, sheep, and valuable grains. Additionally, Ohio's soldiers were supported by an extraordinarily large number of women who, with the help of children and the elderly, not only sustained the home front while the men were away, but also supplied the army with vast amounts of needed food, clothing, and medical supplies. The women also provided medical care to wounded soldiers at home and in military hospitals and kept the morale of the soldiers high by providing love and support to the men at the front lines; and

       WHEREAS, Ohio's contributions of the largest number of soldiers in the western theater, outstanding military and civilian leaders, and enormous amounts of war supplies make it stand out among all of the states in determining the outcome of the American Civil War. However, because of the concentration of attention on the events in the eastern theater of the war and the absence of major battles in Ohio, the state's role in the Civil War has never received the attention that it merits; and

       WHEREAS, The Sesquicentennial is an opportunity to garner long overdue attention for Ohio's extraordinary role in the Civil War, which is one of the most important events in the history of this nation; now therefore be it

       RESOLVED, That we, the members of the 129th General Assembly of the State of Ohio, in adopting this resolution, honor Ohio ancestors as the country observes the Sesquicentennial years of the American Civil War for the unrivaled contribution they made to winning that war; and be it further

       RESOLVED, That we, the members of the 129th General Assembly of the State of Ohio, in adopting this resolution, urge Ohioans to draw inspiration from the courage, cooperation, and persistence of their Ohio ancestors that were displayed during the American Civil War and be moved by that example to work together with similar dedication to address the problems of today; and be it further

       RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be distributed to the news media of Ohio.

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