Friday, February 8 2013 10:41 AM EST2013-02-08 15:41:42 GMT
The Wright Brothers are a major icon in the Queen City and we're not talking about Orville and Wilber. We're talking about Harry and George Wright. After the Civil War, dozens of baseball clubs startedFull Story >
Thanks to the Wright brothers and the Cincinnati Red Stockings, the Queen City was the birthplace for professional baseball and America's favorite past time.Full Story >
A House committee taking Congress' latest look at the Internal Revenue Service's mistreatment of tea party groups will apparently have to do so without input from the star witness.Full Story >
The Internal Revenue Service official at the center of the storm over the agency's targeting of conservative groups told Congress on Wednesday that she had done nothing wrong in the episode, and then invoked her...Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 10:58 AM EDT2013-05-22 14:58:14 GMT
The Ohio Supreme Court will not hear an appeal from Ryan Widmer for a fourth trial. Widmer is serving a 15 years to life sentence for killing his wife, Sarah, in the bathtub of the couple's Hamilton TownshipFull Story >
The Ohio Supreme Court will not hear an appeal from Ryan Widmer for a fourth trial.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 10:21 AM EDT2013-05-22 14:21:28 GMT
ORLANDO, FL (RNN) – A man with possible ties to a Boston Marathon bombing suspect was shot and killed after the FBI interviewed him early Wednesday. The FBI confirmed a special agent fatally shot a manFull Story >
The FBI confirmed a special agent fatally shot a man in custody while conducting "official duties," spokesman Dave Couvertier told NBC News. In a WESH interview, a friend identified the deceased as Ibragim Todashev, 27.Full Story >
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
150 years ago President Lincoln first drafted the Emancipation Proclamation but just days before that, local black soldiers were already fighting for the Queen City.
Cincinnati may not stand today if it weren't for the Black Brigade, the first African-American military group in the north. The city originally forced black soldiers to serve but the Union Army later let them volunteer.
"As the story goes, they were herded into a pig pen on Plum Street at gun point and moved down into Northern Kentucky and made to work," said Dr. Charles Dillard. "That's the beautiful part of this story-that given the chance to volunteer, they did."
Dr. Dillard is a fourth generation Cincinnatian whose ancestors served in the Black Brigade.
While residents of the Tri-state can witness reenactments of battle in Sharon Woods, the soldiers of Cincinnati never fired a single shot during the Civil War.
In September of 1862 Confederate General Henry Heath marched north from Louisville and tried to invade the city of Cincinnati but there was one thing standing in his way - the Black Brigade.
"If the African Americans had not stood up at this time period, Cincinnati probably would have fallen to the Confederacy," said Richard Cooper of the Freedom Center.
Colonel William Dickson called for black volunteers to build batteries along the Licking River. Although they used shovels instead of pistols, over 1,000 African Americans jumped at the chance to serve in the Black Brigade.
"This was great for them, to become soldiers of the Union army," Cooper continued. "They fought for this, they wanted to become citizens of the United States."
The Black Brigade's defenses deterred the Confederate army. Dillard's great-great grandfather Samuel Lewis, his great-grandfather Archer Lewis and his great-grand uncle Samuel Lewis Jr. came home to a hero's welcome. Without knowing it, Dillard followed in his ancestors' footsteps.
"It's ironic that I've spent over 30 years in the military. I was a one-star General," said Dillard. "My family went from being forced into labor in the Civil War to being a General in Uncle Sam's peacetime army."
After the Black Brigade, Archer went on to work as a lumberjack while Samuel Junior worked for the city and even ran for Governor. 78-year-old Dillard knows how much times have changed and how his family helped change them.
"So that my relatives, my people were one of the first black groups fighting for themselves, fighting for their freedom."
Thanks to our heroes of the Black Brigade, the Civil War in Cincinnati is just make-believe.
On February 12, 2013, Dr. Dillard will celebrate his 45th anniversary of practicing medicine in Cincinnati, the same day that President Lincoln would have turned 204.
Be sure to check out the FOX19 Facebook Timeline for more photos and interesting facts about the Black Brigade during the Civil War.
Wednesday, May 22 2013 7:16 AM EDT2013-05-22 11:16:10 GMT
A big clean up is underway at Amelia High School following a prank. Several trees were toilet papered and the sign in front of the school was also changed. No word on any suspects in the prankFull Story >
No word on any suspects in the prank or if the school system plans to punish those responsible.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:31:55 GMT
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. The six Cincinnati workers we have identified, who sent scrutinizing letters to conservative groups with wordsFull Story >
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 5:09 PM EDT2013-05-20 21:09:30 GMT
A Warren County government office is evacuated after a suspicious powder is found. The Health and Human Services Center building on East Street in Lebanon was evacuated just after 11:00 on Monday. PoliceFull Story >
Police say that HAZMAT crews and the FBI were called to investigate the powder. The FBI has since left. Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:06 AM EDT2013-05-22 12:06:35 GMT
A suspect in a wild police chase in Reading earlier this month is arrested after a chase in Warren County. The Warren County chase started near Little Miami High School around 11:30 Tuesday night whenFull Story >
A suspect in a wild police chase in Reading earlier this month is arrested after a chase in Warren County.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 9:21 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:21:47 GMT
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - An Army wife who lost over 100 pounds while her husband was away in Afghanistan surprised the soldier Wednesday when he arrived at Wilmington International Airport. Misty Shaffer,Full Story >
A soldier from Wilmington returns from Afghanistan to a big surprise: a new wife, a new house and a different child.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:42 AM EDT2013-05-22 12:42:17 GMT
A mother who missed her college graduation in order to attend her daughter's dance recital received a surprise ceremony on Monday. Kara Perkins agreed to go along when one of her friends said she neededFull Story >
A mother who missed her college graduation in order to attend her daughter's dance recital received a surprise ceremony on Monday.Full Story >
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department. Full Story >
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:41 PM EDT2013-05-22 00:41:37 GMT
EF5 tornadoes are a very rare occurrence in U.S. History. Before Monday's EF5 tornado in Oklahoma, there had only been 58 in the United States since 1950, when reliable records began. That number isFull Story >
EF5 tornadoes are a very rare occurrence in U.S. History.Full Story >
Monday, May 6 2013 1:29 PM EDT2013-05-06 17:29:07 GMT
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court. Police say 36-year-old Jason Fletcher and Laura Oditt engaged in sexual conduct in a public place. The location is not named in courtFull Story >
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court.Full Story >
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