To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and the 225th anniversary of the US Constitution, John Scott Horner Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution is sponsoring the display case at the Ripon Public Library for the months of September and October. Both months will feature a display of the names, photos and artifacts from members’ and prospective members’ ancestors who fought on both sides of the conflict—Union and Confederate, as well as items from other Civil War veterans from the Ripon area. These items tell the story of these men and women just prior to the attack on Fort Sumter in April, 1861, through the war’s darkest days at Antietam, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Petersburg, and Andersonville Prison Camp, and their lives following the surrender at Appomattox Courthouse in April, 1865. Included are copies of letters and diaries written by the soldiers, pages from their pension files, some of the weapons they would have carried, a replica uniform from a company of the famous Iron Brigade, and photos of the soldiers dating from the 1850’s to the early 1900’s.
In September, there is also a display commemorating Constitution Week, which is celebrated from September 17-23 each year. John Scott Horner Chapter honors those who wrote the document and outlined the freedoms that all Americans have the right to enjoy.
In October, there will be a display commemorating the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, which will honor those men who eventually settled in Ripon who took part in the War. Four Ripon veterans, Walter Atwell, Isaac Hoyt, Daniel Sabin and Elijah Steele are all buried in Hillside Cemetery. Ancestors of DAR members who fought in the war will also be features as will a reminder of just how close the Ripon area was to the fighting.