With General Lew Wallace (Bernie O’Bryan) making an appearance at the July 14th Morgan’s Raid commemoration at the Hunt House, we present a news article from the Times, dated June 8, 1861, excerpted from Cincinnati and the Civil War, Off to Battle, by Robert J. Wimberg. This article appeared two years prior to Morgan’s Raid and two months after the Battle of Fort Sumter (April 12–14, 1861).
“The big news in Cincinnati was the arrival of Lew Wallace’s regiment from Indiana…. The Times reported, A little after one o’clock in the afternoon (yesterday) they arrived at the depot of the Indianapolis and Cincinnati Railroad (66 W 3d St.) Company—twenty-two carloads of soldiers and eighteen of baggage. The Companies were immediately formed in order of marching, Col. Wallace [eventual author of Ben Hur] on horseback at their head, accompanied by Lieutenant Colonel Enyart of the First Kentucky Regiment. As they started from the depot, they were cheered by the loud hussas [sic] of an immense throng of persons who had assembled to greet them and as they passed through Fourth Street, their march was in perfect ovation. Crowding the doorsteps, windows, and sidewalks, and every possible place where a view could be had of the gallant fellows, the enthusiastic crowd gave them round upon round of hearty cheers, which were responded to by each company, who also greeted every American flag with three huzzas….”