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4​th ​Oh​io Volunteer Cavalry Descendants Assn.

Descendants Association


2021 Reunion

Just a quick reminder that the reunion this year will be just 1 day: Wednesday, September 22. We'll meet at Bob Venable's house (133 Strathmore AV, Ft Thomas, KY) at 9:30 and determine where to have breakfast. When we come back to Bob's house and wait for out Secretary/Treasurer Kathy Popham to arrive. We will then have our meeting, which should be very short. The longest part will be debating where we will eat dinner.

UPDATE: Click the icon below to view a copy of the business report from the meeting held on September 22.

Ohio Civil War veteran gets a proper burial

The link below is to a local television station's coverage of the burial of Alolph Jost:

Burial of Adolph Jost, Co A

Civil War Soldier’s Cremains to be Buried

May 21, 2021 is the date set for the burial of the long-forgotten cremains of a local Civil War soldier. Born in Germany in 1835, Adolph Jost (aka Yost) adopted Cincinnati as his American hometown. He served in Company K of the renowned 4th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry Regiment during the U.S. Civil War from October 10, 1861 to March 25, 1863 when he received a disability discharge. Returning to Cincinnati, Jost was employed as a “bar keeper.” He died on April 20, 1904, his body being cremated. The cremains have been held at Hillside Chapel, 525 West Martin Luther King Drive, unclaimed by relatives, descendants, or anyone else – until now. The 4th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry Descendants Association discovered the cremains’ location and decided that 117 years was long enough for Private Jost to await burial. Starting at approximately 11:00 A.M., there will be a procession from Hillside Chapel to Walnut Hills Cemetery and after a short ceremony at the grave site Private Adolph Jost will finally be laid to rest.

Marker Dedication in Nashville

What a tremendous time we had in Nashville for the dedication of the marker noting the surrender of Nashville to the 4th OVC. It was really exhilarating meeting new friends and seeing some of our old ones again. Carol Norton really made us feel welcome. And the weather was perfect, a nice crisp spring day with a bright azure sky overhead. Not even the troubles Joe Owens and I had with our sword belts could distract us from having a marvelous time. As mentioned in our previous newsletter, Fox News, Channel 17 in Nashville, was present for the dedication. To view the news clipping go to: You’ll have to click on the picture to get the news clip rolling. It’s only a couple of minutes long.

Bill Krebs

President, 4OVC Desc. Assn.

2017 Reunion

September 14th through 17th, we will have our reunion in Dayton, OH.

This reunion will be packed with things to do. We’ll visit the National Soldiers Home where many of our men stayed, and the Wright Patterson Air and Space Museum, along with other attractions. Of course, we will “visit” with our boys at the Dayton National Cemetery and other cemeteries (if we have the time). A member of the local GAR whose wife is descended from a 4th OVC trooper has volunteered to show us around the area.

That Friday, we will have our meeting. Elections are scheduled this year. We’ll be electing President, Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer, and a Member at Large. If you have a nomination for any of the offices, please email them to Kathy Popham @[email protected]

Dedication of Historical Marker

The dedication of the historical marker telling of Mayor Cheatham’s surrender of the city of Nashville to the 4th Ohio Cavalry. The dedication will take place on Saturday, February 25th. Members of the 4th OVC, Company C, Dismounted Cavalry are planning on attending the event. This will be the first, of hopefully many, times the two groups will be together. It will be a great time for each group to get to meet and know each other. The 4th OVC Dismounted are a great bunch of guys and I know you will instantly like them. The news media is also scheduled to show up for this.


Copies of the organizations newsletter are posted on the "Resources" page under the "Newsletter" category section. They are posted in reverse chronological order. New editions will be added as they become available.

2015 Reunion

We’re headed for Lexington, KY. Dates have been set for Thursday through Sunday, June 11 through the 14th.

We will be staying at the Microtel Inn. You can get the best booking price on line here: A continental breakfast is included, though we will be heading out for breakfasts.

What will we be seeing there besides horses? There’s Ashland, the estate of Henry Clay where there is a granite marker which commemorates 2 companies of the 4th Ohio along with the 3rd Ohio Cavalry being captured by our nemesis John Hunt Morgan ( ), Mary Todd Lincoln’s House where the future wife of Abraham Lincoln lived in Lexington ( ), John Hunt Morgan’s house ( along with his grave in the Lexington Cemetery (; ), and Waveland, an antebellum mansion owned by the grandnephew of frontiersman Daniel Boone ( ).

As with all of our reunions, it should prove to be a tremendous amount of fun. So why not join us this year. We’ll be kicking off the reunion meeting in the coffee shop at the hotel for a Meet N Greet at 6:00 PM. If you see a group of people milling around there, it’ll be us.


2013 Reunion

August 15th through the 18th in Lima,OH

During the last reunion in Nashville, it wasdecided to have another reunion this year, rather than wait for 2014. We’ve set the reunion date for August 15ththrough the 18th in Lima, OH. We will be staying at the Wingate Hotel in Lima. The cost of the room, if booked early, is$72.00 per night. For reservationscontact the hotel at (419) 228-7000. Ask to reserve a room under the CindyFreed Friends block

Scatteredin the Lima area are 29 known graves of the 4th OVC in 13cemeteries. But don’t worry; we willonly be going to 3 of the cemeteries where 17 are buried. We will visit the other 12 at some futuredate.

The Memorial Hall, where we will have our Meet NGreet, was built in 1908for the GAR convention in Lima and we will have anopportunity to have a tour of the building courtesy of Betsy Potts. It will be interesting to be in the samebuilding that the original 4th was in.

We will also be touring the MacDonell House, an 1890's Victorian mansion with morethan 15 rooms furnished in great detail. Features include: beautiful parquetfloors, intricately hand-carved woodwork throughout, a two-story stained glasswindow accented by a grand staircase, a rare Viennese painting on a cobweb, aWooten cabinet desk, an albino wild game and trophy room. You can view thehouse and museum here: Both the House and the museum are at the same location, and are only 2 blocksaway from the hotel. Also you are justminutes away from the Neil Armstrong Museum, antique stores, and otherinteresting places which we have provided time to see and do on your own.

We have a lot to cover at the meeting: electionof officers, what we intend to do with the money we collect from the dues,electronic voting and more.

Check this out!!

The Picture Gallery contains multiple sub-pages that include photos of the men who served in the 4OVC, events and other items of interest, past 4OVCDA reunions, and miscellaneous items shared by 4VOCDA members.

Be sure to go to the Resources page for links to helpful documents and samples of the Association's quarterly newsletter.

The Bios page contains biographical information on several men who served in the 4OVC.