Although he was a U.S. President, congressman and three-time Ohio governor, Rutherford B. Hayes preferred the title of “General” to all others.
Hayes distinguished himself during service in the Civil War and continued to view the men of his unit – the 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry – as his brothers. He routinely invited them to reunions at his Spiegel Grove estate.
Each year, the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center re-creates those reunions on the weekend closest to Hayes’ Oct. 4, 1822 birth date with the Hayes Civil War Reenactment.
This year’s event, made possible through funding from title sponsor Memorial Hospital, will be held Saturday and Sunday Oct. 6 and 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hundreds of costumed Civil War re-enactors will camp on the center’s grounds and participate in reenactments of the Battle of Cloyd’s Mountain, in which Hayes and his men played a pivotal role.
Event admission to the Hayes Civil War Reenactment is $4 for adults and $2 for children ages 6 to 12. Visitors to the Hayes Civil War Reenactment can view re-creations of the Battle of Cloyd’s Mountain at noon and 3 p.m. Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Immediately following Sunday’s battle, the life of our 19th President will be commemorated in a presidential memorial service at the Hayes Tomb. The tribute will involve active-duty personnel sent by President Barack Obama, veterans groups, and reenactors.
Other weekend activities will include period entertainment, lantern tours of reenactors’ camps, a Civil War Military Ball (Saturday night), a lecture “Introducing Mr. Godey’s Ladies” by JoMarie Soszynski and a screening of the new documentary about Johnson’s Island Civil War prison, “Rebels On Lake Erie: A Pirate, A Prison, A Plot,” created by Kathleen Endres of the University of Akron. Event sponsors include Mosser Construction Inc., Heinz North America, and Curwood Inc.
The Hayes Museum and Hayes Home will also be open for tours at a discounted per-building admission of $4 for adult and $2 for children 6-12. The Hayes Home just has undergone a four-year, historically accurate restoration and now reflects the original decoration and furnishings used by President and Lucy Hayes.
The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is located at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont. For information call 800-998-7737 or visit www.rbhayes.org.