Welcome to the
Hilltop Historical Society!
The Hilltop Historical Society was founded in 1986 to promote the history of the Hilltop
Area of Columbus, Ohio
The 122nd Annual Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery Memorial Service was held on June 12th 2017 at 3 PM
Dave Dobos, President of the Hilltop Historical Society opens the service.
COL (Chaplain) Edward Sensenbrenner
The historical replica wreath arrives.
Ginger Thursh of the Hilltop Historical Society brings flowers to lay on the so=tone under the
Steve and Lisa Ball provided period music to the crowd
The 73rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regimental Band provides period music using instruments that were made during the 1860's
(except the drum)
Sid Drumhouser of the Sons of Union Veterans delivers the story of COL George Washington Neff who was the Commander of
the 88th OVI, who were the Camp Chase Prison Guards.
Dick Hoffman of the Hilltop Historical Society delivers the story about CSA PVY Eli Knipe.
The Color Guard from Don Gentile Post American Legion provided the firing salute.
Joe Briggs, the great-great grandson of Lousiana Briggs (The Gray lady of Camp Chase) closed the service
Remembering one of our Founders: Lois Neff April 30th at 3 PM in the West High School Library
2nd Annual Hilltop Veterans Program was held on
Sunday November 13 at 3 PM at Don Gentile American
Legion Post 532 at 1571 Demorest Rd, Columbus OH.
Pictured here are(From left) Dave Dobos,
President of the
Hilltop Historical Society and Earl (Wimpy) Potts the HHS honoree. Next is Joe
Mellenbaugh, the American Legion honoree with Bernie Brogan the Post Commander
of Don Gentile American Legion Post 532.
Wreaths Across American wreath laying at Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery was held at noon on December
Thanks to all those who came out in the ice and rain to lay wreaths.
Columbus Hall of Fame inducts West High Graduate
West High School graduate (1948) Donn F.Eisele was inducted
into the Columbus Hall of Fame on October 25, 2016 along with 3 other community
members. Pictured here are the West High School Graduates and the West HS Jr
ROTC Color Guard who were present for the ceremony. Highlighted in red are the
names of the class mates of Donn Eisele and the names in blue are relatives of
Fellow hall of Fame inductee Carl Brown Sr.
We had 16 WHS graduates and the WHS Jr ROTC Color Guard present for the ceremony. 4 of the graduates
were also relatives of Carl Brown Sr. who was also inducted in the Hall of Fame. Attending were left to right
Cayla Wright ’19, Matthew Wolford ’19,
Ken Mahan ’48, Dick DeRoberts ’48, Dave Dobos ‘73,Monty
Chase ’66, Pat Mahan ’48,
Ginger Thrush ’79, Sandy Chase Doutt ’64, Stanton Prior ‘46. ora Yank ’83,
Chad Brown ’71, Chanell
Brown-Sanchez ‘93’ Linda Hessinger Hoffman ‘65, Sandra
Beatty Gentry ’69, Jim
Lawrence Davidson ’41, Kevin Wolford ’17, Rita Elliott Stethem ‘53, Gabe
Pritchett ’19, Cristopher Santos ‘18
Highlighted in red are the names of the class
mates of Donn
Eisele and the names in blue are relatives of Fellow hall of Fame inductee Carl
We have lost
one of the founders of the Hilltop Historical Society. She was the historian of the Hilltop
Lois Ann Neff
April 22, 1938
Died: March 16, 2016
121st Annual Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery Memorial Service
Hilltop Historical Society President Dave Dobos addresses the crowd
Our wonderful crowd
Chaplain COL (Ret) Edward Sensenbrenner served once again as our Chaplain
Special flowers were laid at a number of graves by family members present
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The Hilltop Historical Society in partnership with the Civil Air Patrol laid wreaths at Camp Chase confederate
Cemetery as part of the National wreaths Across America Program
50 year old 1ST Day Cover from April 1965
Lincoln Funeral Train Presentation:
to John Ward for his excellent presentation on the Lincoln FUneral Train and other Lincoln history
Lincoln Funeral Train in Columbus on April 29, 1865
John's ancestor who blew Taps at the burial service in Springfield IL
The VA has installed a interpretive marker at Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery at the base of the flag
The Ohio National Road Association unveiled a Camp Chase
Interpretive sign in front of the Westgate Masonic Temple at 2925 West Broad Street on September 6th. This is the site of
the main entrance to Camp Chase.
Columbus Dispatch video about Camp Chase and Wreath Laying. Learn how we respect and remember those who are buried there.