Preserve, Honor, and Educate
That is the mission statement of a unique group of living historians dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of the American Civil War. The Ohio Valley Civil War Association (OVCWA) honors the men and women who gave the last full measure during that time period, and educates present and future generations so those contributions and sacrifices will not be forgotten.
To this end, the OVCWA makes a number of appearances each year to display and demonstrate Civil War technology and discuss aspects of life in the 1860s. Venues range from the classroom setting to the establishment of period style encampments at historic sites and National Military Parks and battlefields. Through ongoing research and dedication to historical accuracy, the OVCWA has become one of the premier living history groups in the country.
With a current active membership of 40-50 individuals, the Ohio Valley Civil War Association can trace its beginnings to the recreation of the 35th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment Company G in 1975. The 35th OVI was selected because many of the founding members were from the same geographical area in Ohio from which the original regiment was recruited. In the ensuing years, as membership increased, and with many individual members expressing a desire to pursue additional historical impressions, the OVCWA was created in 1997 as a parent organization to several component groups. Today, among these component groups are the 35th OVI/Co. G, 1st Ohio Light Artillery/Battery C, Birge’s Western Sharpshooters (66th Illinois Co. G), the US Army Signal Corps & United States Military Telegraph (added in 2000), and the Civil War Civilians of the OVCWA. On occasion the OVCWA also sanctions cavalry and medical impressions at events as well. In addition the OVCWA is closely linked to the premier Civil War color guard/ceremonial group in the country today, Company A First Battalion
19th United States Infantry.