By JOHN HILDEBRANDT
 
Special to the Register
 
In the summer of 1790 the Ohio River was a very dangerous place.
 
Historians have stated for decades the American Civil War, this country’s bloodiest, resulted in 620,000 fatalities.

Optimism sprang anew as temperatures warmed, birds chirped and flowers bloomed, welcoming another spring’s arrival. However, in 1864, as the war entered its fourth year, attention focused on the cloud of uncertainty hovering above the Confederacy.
President Lincoln received a very important gift on Christmas Eve in 1864.
The idea of setting aside a day to give thanks for a bountiful harvest is as old as ancient times.
There were once lots of copperheads living in Erie County. Copperhead snakes have largely disappeared, however, eliminated by changes in habitat and relentless persecution by their human enemies.
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