>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