Ohio Students Leading The Way In Restoring The Ohio State Monument On Missionary Ridge

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Drummer Boy
Drummer Boy

Students from Waggoner Road Middle School in Reynoldsburg, Ohio are leading the effort to restore the Ohio State Monument that stands proudly on Missionary Ridge as part of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.  The Waggoner Road Middle School students are partnering with the National Park Service and the Friends of the Park to raise $5,000 for restoration of the monument. 

Placed on Missionary Ridge in 1903, the Ohio monument features four life-size granite statues.  Three of the figures represent the infantry, artillery and cavalry. The fourth figure is a drummer boy. After more than 110 years, the monument requires some repairs, specifically to the drummer boy. His hands and drumsticks are no longer attached, and the students are trying to make the drummer boy whole again. 

Led by teacher Derek Hinkle, his fifth grade students are using the project to further their lessons on the Civil War and the history of Ohio.  

Mr. Hinkle, whose third great-grandfather, George Hinkle, scaled the slopes of Missionary Ridge as part of the 98th Ohio Regiment, said, “This monument is a tribute to all the men who fought from Ohio, and helping the National Park Service restore this monument offers the students a chance to make a lasting impact during the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Often the drummer boy was the youngest soldier in a unit, only a few years older than our fifth graders, so restoring this part of the monument is especially meaningful for our students.” 

The students invite the public to assist with their efforts by making donations to a special account established by the Friends of the Park.  All donations will go directly to the restoration of the Ohio State Monument and are tax-deductible. Donations can be made through the Friends website friendsofchch.org or by mail to PO Box 748, Chattanooga, TN 37401.  Call 423 648-5623 for more information.

The Friends of the Park is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, promoting and enhancing Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park for the benefit of the American public.  Encompassing 9,100 acres and spanning the boundaries of Tennessee and Georgia, our local National Park’s major units include Chickamauga Battlefield, Lookout Mountain Battlefield, Missionary Ridge, Orchard Knob, Signal Point and Moccasin Bend. The Park preserves forever the American history and natural beauty of its spaces, commemorating vivid stories of conflict, change, reconciliation and reunion.  Visit the Friends website, www.friendsofchch.org  for more information about this project and other events.  

Ohio State Monument
Ohio State Monument

Claire Henley: Adventures West (My Beautiful Ema)

(Editor's Note: Chattanoogan Claire Henley started an adventure of a lifetime on the remote Pacific Crest Trail in April. Along the way, she had many adventures and found herself a husband named Big Spoon. Here is her story beginning in March). “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” –Elizabeth Barrett Browning For Ema May 1, 1926 – March 28, 2012 Three years ... (click for more)

Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga: Outdoor Chattanooga Featured Event Adventure Kids After School Program  Sept. 1 through Nov. 17 The  After School Adventure Kids program   is a great opportunity for kids ages 9-13 to build outdoor skills that will stay with them into adulthood. Adventurers ... (click for more)

Boy, 4, Struck By Vehicle Near Tunnel Boulevard

A four-year-old boy was struck by a vehicle near Tunnel Boulevard on Saturday afternoon. A t approximately 4:20 p.m.,  the Chattanooga Police Department responded to 3400 Through St. on a c hild struck by a vehicle.  T he victim was conscious when officers arrived. He was transported to a local hospital. I nvestigators are continuing to compile ... (click for more)

Assessor Bennett, Former Assessor Ramsey In Jetton Camp For Assessor Of Property

Assessor of Property Bill Bennett and former Assessor Claude Ramsey recommended Sterling Jetton as the next assessor at a breakfast fundraiser at Wally's Restaurant in East Ridge on Saturday morning. Mr. Jetton, who spent 27 years in the assessor's office, is running against County Commissioner Marty Haynes in the March 1 Republican primary. Noting the political heavyweights ... (click for more)

DWT Is DUI

A routine narrative of a DUI arrest report goes something like this:   The defendant was operating a motor vehicle in the 00 block of sonsoroad. The driver was weaving back and forth across the marked roadway. The defendant drove through a stop sign. Was stopped at an intersection despite the traffic light was green. Entered the lane of another vehicle and caused a ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: What Voters Think

There are over 9,000 students who attend Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., which – in an effort to be relative -- is just a touch smaller than our UT-Chattanooga. What makes Quinnipiac unique is that it is home of The Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, which produces what’s called the “Q Poll” because hardly anybody knows how to pronounce “Kwin-uh-pe-ack.” The Q ... (click for more)