Ohio History Journal

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22 Ohio Arch

22         Ohio Arch. and Hist. Society Publications.


A centennial means a hundred years and does seem a long stretch

of time, and rather strangely, I have heard accounts given by Major

Croghan, at only second hand, for it happened that in 1845-6 when my

father, the late General Thomas J. Wood, U. S. A., who graduated from

West Point in 1845, was serving on the staff of General Zachary Taylor

in the Mexican War, Major Croghan, at that time Colonel and Inspector

General, was also on the staff of General Taylor and quite a friendship

sprang up between the grizzled veteran of 1812 and the young boy fresh

from West Point and my father often told me of hearing Colonel Cro-

ghan tell of his services during the War of 1812, especially of the gallant

defense of Fort Stephenson. So you can see that probably I have re-

ceived the "freshest" news on this subject of any one in the State of

Ohio.                      Very sincerely,


The Adjutant General.

Colonel Webb C. Hayes,

Fremont, Ohio.


In introducing the Hon. S. D. Fess, orator of the day, Mr.

Overmyer spoke of the good fortune of the committee in having

been able to secure so able and well known an orator, writer

and historian as Dr. Fess to deliver the principal address of the

day and made the prediction that his

address would make a valuable addi-

tion to the historical literature of our




I accepted your invitation to make this

address with a peculiar interest, and I as-

sure you it gives me an unusual pleasure to

be here. For years I have been scolding at

the average citizen for his wicked indif-

ference toward the preservation of the tab-

lets of our history. We are so young as a

nation that we can not realize any interest

in holding to the past. In some parts of the

country, as in New England, the citizenship

has awakened to this duty. Only a short

time ago, when the commercial call was

about to raze the old South Church in Boston to make way for a hand-

some modern office building, the citizenship of that New England city

was aroused and readily responded to the call to complete plans whereby

such a consummation would be made an impossibility.