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Cleveland in Cuyahoga County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Cleveland Grays

 
 
Cleveland Grays Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Christopher Busta-Peck, April 12, 2009
1. Cleveland Grays Marker
Inscription. The Cleveland Grays were organized by statute in 1837 as an independent volunteer militia company. The Grays were the first company to leave Cleveland for service during the Civil War. In April 1861, they were designated Company E, 1st Ohio Volunteer Infantry (OVI). They saw action at Vienna Station and First Manassas and also served in the 84th OVI and were on duty with the 150th OVI at Fort Stephens when Confederate General Jubal Early attacked Washington in the summer of 1864. During the Spanish-American War the Grays volunteered for service and were admitted to the National Guard as the 1st Battalion of Engineers, 10th OVI. In 1916, they joined General John J. Pershing's Punitive Expedition against Mexico. After service on the Mexican border, the Grays became part of the 1st Battalion, 148th Infantry Regiment, 37th "Buckeye" Division.
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Assigned to the Western Front, the Grays would see action in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive of 1918. World War I was the last active service of the company. During subsequent conflicts from World War II through the Persian Gulf War, individual members have served in the armed forces. In 1893, the Grays constructed an armory at 1234 Bolivar Road in Cleveland. The armory became a center not only for the organization's military activities,
Cleveland Grays Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Christopher Busta-Peck, April 12, 2009
2. Cleveland Grays Marker
but also for many of the city's social and cultural activities. The first concert of the Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland's first automobile show, and performances by the Metropolitan Opera and John Philip Sousa and his band were held at Grays Armory. Still in existence as an historic and ceremonial organization, the mission of the Grays is to interpret the military heritage of Greater Cleveland and to preserve Grays Armory.
 
Erected 2002 by the Ohio Bicentennial Commission, the Longaberger Company, Cleveland Grays, and the Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 37-18.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 29.954′ N, 81° 40.908′ W. Marker is in Cleveland, Ohio, in Cuyahoga County. Marker is on Bolivar Road near Prospect Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1234 Bolivar Road, Cleveland OH 44115, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 'Abdu'l-Bahá and the Bahá'í Faith (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Detective Martin J. McFadden (about 600 feet away); Cleveland Theater District
The Cleveland Grays Armory Photo, Click for full size
By Christopher Busta-Peck, April 12, 2009
3. The Cleveland Grays Armory
(about 600 feet away); In Memory of Those Whose Bodies Were Moved From Ontario Street Cemetry to Erie Street Cemetery (about 600 feet away); Chief Joc-O-Sot (about 700 feet away); Unknown Early Settlers (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Arcade (approx. half a mile away); Ohio State Bar Association (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Cleveland.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 749 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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