Who Knew? Civil War buffs can see artifacts, a Lincoln life mask and real cannon close to home

FORT WRIGHT, Ky. - The Tri-State is home to many fascinating facts, offbeat oddities, and "I did not know that," moments. With that in mind, we introduce this new weekly feature. Read on to find out how you can submit an idea for "Who Knew?"

What is it? James A. Ramage Civil War Museum

Where can I see it? 1402 Highland Avenue, Fort Wright, Ky.
Who knew? Bob Clements, founding member of the James A. Ramage Civil War Museum

Greater Cincinnati was a key battleground of the Civil War. Founded on a Northern Kentucky battery in Fort Wright, community members created a museum inside a vacant house on the former war site.

Their mission: Teach Tri-State residents the importance of local involvement in the Civil War. WCPO Contributor Paige Malott had the opportunity to learn more about the museum’s significance through founding member, Bob Clements, before he passed away in 2012.

Q&A with Bob Clements

1. What can visitors learn about at the Civil War Museum?

The museum displays Civil War artifacts from collections as well objects found at the museum site through archaeological digs. We have rifles, uniforms, a life mask of President Lincoln and even a working cannon!

2. Why was this location selected for the museum?

There were three major forts developed in Northern Kentucky: Fort Mitchell, Fort Wright, and Fort Thomas. Our location here in Fort Wright is on the site of Battery Hooper, is one of six remaining artillery batteries from the 28 that were built in the area from 1861-1863.

3. Who is James A. Ramage?

Dr. Ramage is a long-time professor of Civil War history at Northern Kentucky University, a distinguished expert of the subject. MORE about Dr. Ramage

4. Tell us about Battery Hooper Days.

Battery Hooper Days is a celebration of the Civil War that takes place in August. Scenes from Civil War campgrounds are recreated and you can learn how it was like to live back then. We have activities for adults and kids. There’s also skirmish reenactments.

5. What educational programs does the museum offer?

Different activities are offered throughout the year, such as antique fairs, book sales, and public archaeological digs where people can come dig up our museum’s front yard in search of Civil War artifacts. We also participate in special ceremonies for Veterans’ Day. 

Museum Hours:

  • Friday & Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: Noon to 5:00 p.m.

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Check back next Tuesday for another edition of "Who Knew?" If you have an tip, idea or question email: holly.edgell@wcpo.com.

Connect with WCPO Contributor Paige E. Malott on Twitter: @Paigetastic01 , and check out her blog CincyWhimsy.com

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