>Darke County Courthouse Photograph at Garst Museum

>Garst Museum, in recognition of the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, will be exhibiting an enlarged photograph of the Darke County Courthouse and a reunion of Union veterans from the area. The date is included on the photograph, and is hard to find, but was located by Commercial Printing when they enlarged the photograph. The photographer was “Garver”; the date was 1896; and the regiment was the 152nd, the so-called “Hundred Days Men”! This was the nickname applied to a series of volunteer regiments raised in 1864 for 100-days service in the Union Army during the height of the Civil War. These short-term, lightly trained troops freed veteran units from routine duty to allow them to go to the front lines for combat purposes.
This was the 152nd regiment history:

Organized at Camp Dennison, Ohio, May 11, 1864. Left State for New Creek, W. Va., May 15; thence moved to Martinsburg and duty there until June. March with train from Martinsburg to Beverly (430 miles) June 4-27. Action at Greenbrier Gap June 22. Sweet White Sulphur June 23. Moved to Cumberland, Md., June 29. Duty along Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and at Cumberland until August 25. Attached to Reserve Division, Dept. of West Virginia. Ordered to Camp Dennison, Ohio, August 25, and mustered out September 2.

Regiment lost during service 1 Enlisted man killed and 20 Enlisted men by disease. Total 21.

Visitors to the museum are encouraged to identify known men in the photograph. If you see a Great, or Great-great Grandfather , please include his name on an attached note page, NOT on the poster, please. Who is the gentleman in the top hat in the center? The doors, façade, fencing and posts of the Darke County Courthouse are quite beautiful and impressive.

The Darke County Courthouse 1896
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  1. #1 by whoda on April 6, 2011 - 4:11 pm

    >I love old buildings. I wish the federal government would give money to fix up the old buildings (ie. the schools) instead of only for new construction. What is wrong with preserving. They used to make buildings with style and grace. As Archie Bunker would sing….those were the days….

  2. #2 by curt71 on April 6, 2011 - 4:45 pm

    >Great photo and story. I love these old photos. I wonder what year they took the iron fence down? If anyone knows I would appreciate knowing.

  3. #3 by m on April 6, 2011 - 6:48 pm

    >Did anyone else notice on the lower left corner of the picture, the rifle with the bayonet? Easy to see if you enlarge the photo.

  4. #4 by In Touch With My Inner Civil War Persona on April 7, 2011 - 2:06 am

    >I like the older dude standing up on the lamp post platform. That's something I would probably do, too!

  5. #5 by Kenneth Finton on April 7, 2011 - 3:02 am

    >I think that man with the white beard in the first row, right next to the north post holding his straw hat is my great grandfather, George Washington Delk (1826-1901), who is buried in Abbotsville Cemetery. He made axe handles during most of the Civil War on his farm that stood where Abbotsville Cemetery is now located. I have three of his diaries and pictures. George was the son of Ethelred Delk, one of the first educators in Darke County.

  6. #6 by Barb on April 10, 2011 - 10:39 pm

    >Mr. Finton, please go into the museum and identify Mr. Delk.

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