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224 Ohio Arch

224     Ohio Arch. and Hist. Society Publications

in Civil War time, for he says that "soon a hundred

thousand men were singing 'And his soul goes marching


It was the singing of this song by thousands of the

boys in blue that inspired Julia Ward Howe, the wife

of Samuel G. Howe, the financial supporter of John

Brown, to write The Battle Hymn of the Republic,

a poem that still has its appeal to those who have not

come completely under the spell of "the new literature."

The world seems to be finding it difficult to forget

John Brown. As trains approach Harper's Ferry the

passengers begin to talk about the famous raid and the

old man who led it. He is the subject of more dis-

cussions than the sanity of Hamlet, but his name seems

destined to endure while the Blue Ridge Mountains

stand and the Potomac rolls through them to the sea.



We regret to chronicle the death of an Ohioan who

had attained an enviable reputation as traveler, author,

lecturer and newspaper correspondent. George Kennan

was born at Norwalk, Ohio, February 16, 1845. He was

the son of John and Mary Ann (Morse) Kennan. He

was educated in the public schools of his native town,

early manifested interest in telegraphy and became an

operator before he reached his majority. In 1865 he

went to northeastern Siberia as an explorer and tele-

graph engineer where later he superintended the con-

struction of a portion of the Russo-American telegraph

line. In 1870 he began the exploration of the mountain

region of eastern Caucasus and Daghestan. Here he

spent almost two years after which he returned to

America and devoted himself to journalism and the