“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Cleveland in Cuyahoga County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Cleveland Grays

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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
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By Christopher Busta-Peck, April 12, 2009
2. Cleveland Grays Marker
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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, 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.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: MilitaryNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1861.
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. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1234 Bolivar Road, Cleveland OH 44115, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this
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By Christopher Busta-Peck, April 12, 2009
3. The Cleveland Grays Armory
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 (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); Erie Street Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Arcade (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cleveland.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 12, 2009, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 952 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 12, 2009, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.

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