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Turtlecreek Twp. Participants In The Civil War 1861-1865
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Warren County Local History by Dallas Bogan

Turtlecreek Twp. Participants In The Civil War 1861-1865

Dallas Bogan on 4 August 2004
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ROBERT S.M. BENNETT was the grandchild of David and Hannah (Smith) Bennett, both natives of New Jersey, the former of English and the latter of Welsh descent. Mr. Bennett was the oldest child of David P. and Eliza A. McConnell Bennett. At the breaking out of the Rebellion, he enlisted in Co. G of the 75th O.V.I., as a private, and was afterward promoted to Orderly Sergeant. At the Battle of Franklin, Tenn., he was promoted to Adjutant for bravery. Robert's father David was connected with the Christian commission, and made two trips to the South in one of which he witnessed the battle of Nashville, Tenn. His duty was to attend the wounded and dying; write letters home for the boys who were sick and disabled, and to do anything necessary for the temporal of spiritual welfare of the warring heroes.

THOMAS H. BLAKE was born March 28, 1841 at Burlington Co., N.J. In 1843, his father died, and was followed in a few years by his mother. Thomas, being the youngest of four children, received little education and was thrown in the care of strangers. At the age of 15, he struck out for himself. At 19, he went to Illinois, where he enlisted as a private in the 41st Ill. V.I., on the 25th of July, 1861. At the battle of Shiloh, Tenn., our subject received a severe wound in the left thigh, in a charge on a Rebel battery. Portions of the bone were extracted which left him an invalid. After 15 months of intense suffering in a hospital, he was brought to this county on a bed, about July 4, 1863. Though still suffering, he was determined to get an education. With the attained education, he became a teacher in the county district schools. Mr. Blake had an older brother, William, who died at Camp Chase, Columbus, Ohio. He was a soldier in the 69th O.V.I.

ROBERT B. CORWIN was born near Lebanon, Ohio July 4, 1842. He was the grandson of Icabod Corwin who emigrated from Kentucky and settled near where the town of Lebanon now is. Robert was one of six children born of Jesse B. and Rebecca Knox Corwin. In the summer of 1863, Robert enlisted in Co. B, 2nd O.H.A.B under Capt. Oltrock. He served at Bowling Green, Chattanooga, Cleveland, Charleston, Knoxville and London, Tenn. In the summer of 1865, he was discharged from the hospital because of a disease of the eyes, contracted while in the service.

JOHN R. DRAKE was born in Warren County, Ohio, March 15, 1844. His father John, married in 1832, Sarah Evans, a daughter of Thomas Evans of Pennsylvania. On the 7th of April, John Jr. married Miss Ella B. Clegg, daughter of John and Rebecca (Owens) Clegg of Dayton, Ohio. In May, 1864, he enlisted in Co. F, 146th O.V.I., and after four months service was discharged at Camp Dennison, near Cincinnati.

DR. D.T.D. DYCHE was born in Warren County, Ohio June 18, 1827. His father, George Dyche, was of German-Irish descent and a farmer by occupation; his mother, Rachael (Tullis) Dyche, was a native of Virginia. Dr. Dyche was the only son of a family of eight. Our subject married, November 25, 1850, Miss Georgia A. Charters, daughter of a Dr. Charters, our subject's teacher in dentistry. During the Rebellion, the Doctor enlisted in the O.N.G. and served three months at Fayette C.H., W. VA. He afterward became Captain of Company A, 131st O.N.G., a position he held until the disbandment of the company.

CHARLES D. HINSCH was born in Warren County, Ohio. He was one of seven children. His father was Augustus F. Hinsch who was born in Adams Co., Penn. He was the grandson of Lewis Hinsch, a native of Saxony who immigrated to America in 1789, and immigrated to Ohio in 1835. In 1836, our subject's father married Miss Louisa E. Denman, of Cincinnati, a native of New Jersey, of English descent. Charles D. enlisted in 1861 in Company F, 5th O.V.I. He was killed at the battle of Cedar Mountain VA.

BENJAMIN AND ABRAM JEFFERY were the sons of Samuel and Amanda Hathaway Jeffery. The marriage of Samuel and Amanda occurred July 15, 1830. They had eight children, Benjamin being the oldest and Abram being the fifth child. Benjamin was born January 24, 1832, and Abram was born June 15, 1842. Benjamin and Abram were the grandsons of Francis and Elanor Irons Jeffery. Benjamin and Abram served in the War of the Rebellion in Co. A, 79th OVI. Benjamin was wounded in the battle of Resaca, Ga. and died from the results of his wound at Nashville, Tenn., in July, 1863. Abram died in the hospital at Frankfort, Ky., October 29, 1862. Their remains were brought home and interred in the Lebanon Cemetery.

GEORGE KEEVER was the son of Mary Ann Perrine and Thomas Keever. Mary Ann Perrine Keever was the daughter of James Perrine and Ann Applegate who were married on August 27, 1807. George Keever was among seven children born of Mary Ann and Thomas Keever. George enlisted under Capt. Williams in the three months service in the 12th OVI; reenlisted in the 35th OVI, in Company A, under Captain Budd; was orderly Sergeant of his company. At the battle of Chickamauga, Ga., he was mortally wounded in the skirmish-line early in the first day's fighting. He was buried near the battlefield.

REV. L.H. LONG D.D. was born July 1, 1826, near Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., Penn. He was the son of Thomas and Rebecca (Fletcher) Long, both of American descent. Rev. Long married, in 1848, Elizabeth Crumbaugh of Xenia, Ohio. She bore him four children. Rev. Long was associated for many years with the Presbyterian Organization. In 1861, when the war broke out, Rev. Long was granted a one year leave of absence, that he might serve as chaplain of the 26th O.V.I. During the war, the Chaplains were chosen by the men of the regiments. He was unanimously chosen by this Regiment. In 1862, he returned to his pastoral work in the Church.

GEORGE P. PATTERSON was born at Long Branch, Monmouth Co., N.J., June 23, 1844; his father, William Patterson, was a native of New Jersey, of German descent; his mother, Jeanette Anderson Patterson was a native of Vermont, of Scotch descent; a cousin of Maj. Anderson, who was head of Fort Sumter at the time of its bombardment. Mr. Patterson, in 1861, enlisted in Company D, 48th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry, in which he served three years, receiving eleven different gunshot wounds; he enlisted as a private, and for bravery and good service, received a Captain's commission, but was prevented by wounds from serving in his advanced position. In 1863, he married Miss Emily Higgins, who died the same year. In 1870, he married Miss Sarah M. Duckworth, a native of Warren County, Ohio.

CHARLES E. SAUSSER was born June 16, 1834, in Lebanon, Ohio. He was one of eight children to whom the father was Thomas Sausser and the mother was Abagail Mills Sausser. Thomas Sausser was born in Berks Co., Penn. in 1797. Abagail Sausser was born in 1803 in Schuykill, Co., Penn. In 1818, Thomas Sausser came from Pennsylvania to Dayton, Ohio, where he worked as a tailor for a few years. He returned to Pennsylvania in 1826, where he married Abagail Mills and in 1827 he again returned to Dayton, Ohio. Our subject, Charles E. married Dec. 7, 1856, to Miss Mary Fay of Jefferson, Ashtabula, Co., Ohio.
Charles E. enlisted as a private in the late rebellion, but with many others, was rejected, as Ohio's quota was filled. He returned to Lebanon and recruited part of a company June, 1862, and entered the army as a First Lieutenant of Co. B, 85th O.V.I. He remained in the army until near the close of the war, and was honorably discharged at Columbus, Ohio, in the spring of 1865, having been promoted to Captain the previous year.

L.E. SCHWARTZ was born in Wurtemburg, Germany, Dec. 7, 1838, and immigrated to America in July, 1853, at the age of 14. He landed in New York, and after remaining there ten days, went to Hamilton, Butler Co., Ohio, where he engaged in the tailoring business. In 1857, he left Hamilton and commenced businesses in Lawrenceburg, Ind. In the fall of 1861, our subject enlisted in Co. D, 11th Regiment O.V.I. He was discharged after three months service. He was married in Cincinnati, Ohio, Sept. 8, 1863, to Adeline Schuler.

DR. SELDON SMITH SCOVILLE was born in Vienna, Trumbull, Co., Ohio, on Sept. 9, 1824. He is of English, French and German descent. His grandfather, John Griffin, son of Jonathon Griffin, was the first white person born in Oxford, Conn. His paternal grandfather, Amasa Scoville, was a native of Waterbury, Connecticut and a soldier in the Revolutionary War. Dr. Scoville, our subject, commenced the practice of medicine at Niles, Trumbull Co., Ohio in the spring of 1850. In the following year he came to Southern Ohio and located at Bethel, Clermont County. At the breaking out of the Rebellion, he assisted in raising a company of guards, and was elected Captain, but under an order from the Governor this company was merged into a regiment then organized and he was appointed and served as Surgeon of the regiment. In September, 1861, this regiment being disbanded, he served on a military committee and assisted in organizing the 59th O.V.I., which made up the enlistments of Clermont and Brown. The following summer, he served on the County Military Committee, and assisted in organizing the 89th O.V.I. On Sept. 1, 1862, he entered the service as a Senior Assistant Surgeon of the 121st O.V.I., but in consequence of a severe attack of illness he was compelled to resign the following summer.

WILLIAM W. WILSON was the son of Robert Wilson of Rockbridge Co., Va. and Martha Smith, daughter of James and Nancy Smith, pioneers of Hamilton Twp., Warren Co., Ohio. William W. was one of eight children. Our subject was an attorney at law in Lebanon, Ohio, admitted to the bar in August, 1854. He served in the army as Captain of Company A, 79th O.V.I., and Major of the regiment from August, 1862, to November, 1864, when he was discharged for disability incurred in Sherman's campaign.

JAMES S. WILSON was the brother of William S. Wilson. He was engaged as clerk in a mercantile house at Hamilton, Ohio, at the beginning of the rebellion.
James S. served in the 3rd O.V.I. as Lieutenant, Captain and Assistant Adjutant General of his brigade throughout the war, taking part in all the hard campaigns and most of the great battles of the army commanded by Buell, Rosecrans and Thomas which was known as the Army of the Cumberland.

PROVIDENCE M. WILSON was the brother of the William W. and James S. Wilson. He was in the mercantile employment at Franklin, Warren Co., Ohio.
Our subject enlisted in the 2nd Ohio three months regiment of volunteers; was in the battle of First Bull Run, Va.

ROBERT B. WILSON was the brother of William W., James S. and Providence M. Wilson. He was an attorney at law in Cincinnati, Ohio.
At the beginning of the war, he was a student at Lebanon. He enlisted in Capt. Rigdon Williams Co. F, 12th O.V.I. Robert served as Sergeant through the war, participating in the campaigns and battles in West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. He was a Captain at the end of the war.

MARSHALL L. WILSON was a mere boy at the beginning of the war. He was a brother of William W., James S., Providence M. and Robert B. Wilson.
In 1862, he served with the forces holding Cumberland Gap, Tenn.

AMERICUS WILSON, the youngest son, near the close of the war, enlisted in a 100-day regiment and served in Western Virginia.

J. HENRY WINNER was born in the State of Pennsylvania, May 7, 1846. He was the son of Charles and Rebecca Logan Winner, natives of Pennsylvania, the former of German and the latter of Scotch descent. They immigrated to Warren County, Ohio, in 1856, and settled near the town of Red Lion, where they remained three years and then moved to Lebanon. Our subject was a shoemaker by trade. In 1864, Mr. Winner enlisted in Co. B, 79th O.V.I., and served until the close of the rebellion. He was with General Sherman in his March to the Sea and served in many engagements under this meritorious leader. He received his final discharge at Louisville, Ky., in 1865. In 1871, he married Miss Kate Rozelkl, a native of Warren County.

LOT WRIGHT was born near the village of New Garden, Columbiana County, Ohio, Feb. 16, 1839. His parents were James and Mary (Hinchman) Wright, the former of Ohio and the latter of New Jersey. Lot Wright's ancestry, on his father's side, was English and on his mother's side German. Our subject, on Aug. 13, l862, enlisted as a private in Company I, 79th O.V.I.. On the 28th of June, 1864, he was discharged, having up to that time, taken part in Sherman's battles from Chattanooga to Atlanta, and was severely wounded June 22, 1864. He was commissioned as Captain in the 100th U.S.C.T., taking command of Company D, at Nashville, Tenn., June 28, 1864. Because of his wound, he spent two months in the hospital. After this stay, he again assumed command of his company. He was then assigned, with his regiment, to duty on the Northwestern Railroad, and soon thereafter he was in command of two companies of the regiment. He went into the country, seized stock from the enemy and mounted these companies, which performed services as mounted infantry until the battle of Nashville, in which he commanded his company during the two days fight, and again was seriously wounded about the close of the battle. After recovering from the wound, he was detailed as a member of the Military Commission in the Dept. of the Cumberland, and there remained about three months. He again assumed command of his company, with which he remained to the close of the war. On the 17th of July, 1867, Captain Wright was united in marriage with Louisa Jury, a native of Ohio. Both the Captain and his wife, graduated from the Normal School in Lebanon, Ohio.

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