An historical marker on the outside of the Coleman-Allen-Saidleman Building on the northeast side of the Troy Public Square says that during the Civil War, the building served as a military recruitment center for men enlisting to become Union soldiers.  An old   photograph taken on the morning of February 10, 1862 shows men of the 71st Ohio Volunteer Infantry standing next to the building just before they departed for the war front.

Throughout Troy, there are reminders of that long ago time.   In honor of the observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War (1861-1865), The Troy Historical Society has planned several events to commemorate the anniversary.

On the evening of November 17th, local author Martin Stewart will tell the story of the 71st Ohio Volunteer Infantry in a talk titled “Miami County’s Regiment:  The 71st OVI.”  Stewart is the author of the book REDEMPTION, a story of the 71st OVI.

The program will be held at 7:00PM at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, 301 W. Main St., Troy, OH 45373.    It is free and open to the public.

For further information, call (937) 339-5900 or email