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Warren County in the Civil War, Part I, Warren County, Ohio Newspaper
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Warren County in the War
Part I

Beginning on Saturday, October 31, 1885, the Lebanon Gazette, a bi-weekly newspaper published in Lebanon, Ohio, published this 12 part series

Publication Date Part SubTitle
October 31, 1885 Introduction Warren County in the War.
October 31, 1885 Part I The First War Meeting in Lebanon.
November 7, 1885 Part II More about the Early Days of the War - The Meeting in Washington Hall was not the First War Meeting in Lebanon - Important Addition to the History of Those Stirring Days.
November 14, 1885 Part III April, 1861, in Waynesville - A Glorious Story of Patriotism - The Firing on Sumpter Arouses the Town - Flying the National Colors - A Cannon at the Top of a Union Pole - The Great Assemblage in front of Oscar J. Wright's.
November 21, 1885 Part IV Up with the Flag - Judge George J. Smith Orders the National Colors Flung to the Breeze at the Courthouse. - A Roll of Honor - Company F, 12th O. V. I. - Taking the Boys to South Lebanon
November 28, 1885 Part V First Papers From an Old Soldier - More To Follow - Military Companies in Lebanon Prior to the War - the Old Warren Guards - Very Interesting Local History - The Early War Days at South Lebanon - First Meeting in the Old School-House and a Speech by Lawrence Smith, of Lebanon.
December 5, 1885 Part VI Second Papers from an Old Soldier - The "Lebanon Rifles" - They Offer Their Service to the Government. - Early War Days at Morrow - Company A, of the 12th Ohio - Off To Columbus and Down to Camp Dennison - Starting the First Campaign
December 12, 1885 Part VII Some Corrections by Captain Sausser - Interesting Additional Items - The Early War Spirit in Maineville - Volunteers for Many Regiments - Hamilton Township Not Behind Other Parts of Warren County.
December 19, 1885 Part VIII Third Papers from an Old Soldier - Recruiting and Muster in of Company A, 35th Ohio, With a Full List of Officers and Privates - Also Something of Company F, of the same Regiment - The Friends of the Cause at Lebanon - Facing the Realities of a Soldier's Life.
January 2, 1886 Part IX Early Days at Harveysburg - Enlistment of Ex-Auditor Randall and History of the Recruiting Expedition of Captain Parshall.
January 9, 1886 Part X A Complete List of the Officers and Privates of Company F, 12th O. V. I., As Organized for the Three Years' Service; A Queer Combination - Testaments and Liniment; The Old Sanitary Committee of the South Lebanon Pike.
January 16, 1886 Part XI The Death of Jabez Turner, The First Man the County Lost in the Great Struggle as told by an Eye Witness.
January 30, 1886 Part XII Life at Camp Dennison - Drilling and Preparing for the Battles the were to Follow - How the 12th Ohio Spent its Two Months of Probation.


Tales of the civil war of 1861 are always possessed of a vivid interest to every American citizen. To the younger generation they are a series of revelations almost impossible to appreciate, while to the older class, those who took part in the war itself, or kept at home by sickness or disability, watched the gigantic struggle with a terrible anxiety and suspense, they bring back the time when the telegraph office was the principal center of life, and a newspaper seemed worth a fortune, as they read of the deed of friends battling for preservation of the Nation, and to the soldiers themselves they revive recollections of the long, weary marches, the camp life and the hot skirmishes and battles of the days when they fought for the Union.

A general recollection of the occurrences of war days is fresh in the minds of all Warren County people, but many of the particulars have been forgotten. among these, which we desire now to recall, will be the first meeting ever called in Lebanon for the purpose of taking action on the matter of the war, and while, to use a legal phrase, it will "refresh the memory" of the older persons, it will teach the younger generation the manner in which their fathers met the attempt to break up the Union.

On the thirteenth of April, 1861, the news was flashed all over the country that on the preceding day, the rebellious South Carolinians had opened fire on Fort Sumpter, and that, after standing the fire for hour after hour, Major Anderson and his little company had marches out, leaving  it in the hands of the rebels. in the daily papers of the fifteenth came the President's proclamation calling for seventy-five thousand volunteers to sustain the laws of the United States. The most profound agitation existed all over the country, and this vicinity did not escape. All day long the matter was eagerly discussed on the street corners, and business was almost suspended. The feeling was strong and bitter against the men who had lifted up their hands against their own country, and the air was full of speculations as to what would be the outcome. No one, however, even thought of the years of war and bloodshed that were to follow.


Arne H Trelvik
5 April 2011

But the popular feeling could not long restrain itself, and on the day after the reception of the President's proclamation a mass meeting was called at Washington Hall, in the evening. The following facts given are from the recollection of many of our citizens on the subject:

At the appointed time the room was crowded with the best people of Lebanon and vicinity. Mr. A. H. Dunlevy was chosen chairman by a unanimous vote and in taking this seat made a winning speech that set the audience wild with enthusiasm. A wonderful feeling prevailed. The chairman was followed by other speakers, among them Judge Beamy Storer, Durbin Ward and J. D. Wallace. A committee consisting of Durbin Ward, William Crosson, George R. Sage, James M. Smith, J. D. Wallace, John C. Dunlevy and Simon Suydam, was appointed to draft resolutions expressive of the sentiment of the meeting. They reported as follows:

Resolved, that we, the citizens of Warren County, most cordially endorse the action of the Government in its energetic measures to execute the laws and to preserve the institutions of our country.

Resolved, that we will stand by and support the administration in the most vigorous efforts to put down rebellion and punish treason at whatever expense of men or money.

Resolved, that we recognize no party in the present crisis but the part of the Union.

The audience already worded up to a high pitch of enthusiastic patriotism, fairly boiled over on the reading of these vigorous resolutions. They were passed without a dissenting voice amid the wildest applause, and then, in a sudden inspiration, some one in the audience moved that a dispatch be sent to Governor Dennison pledging Warren County's full quota of men, and it may be of interest to know that old Warren not only raised her company, but had twenty-six men over who were held together for a day or two and then dismissed.

Arne H Trelvik
5 April 2011

The minds of our citizens, which have not been especially refreshed, are rather hazy on the subject of this first meeting, that is, they merely remember the occasion itself without the details. Several men, such as Captain Gilchrist, Captain Wright, Josiah Morrow, Dr. VanDyke and others were not here at the time of the meeting. Others who have been interrogated remember a few circumstances. Mr. Walter Hinkle was there, and remembers that several men volunteered that night and he thinks that the first one to sign his name was Durbin Ward. and he thinks, but is not certain, that Major Budd also was among this number.

Mr. George W. Frost was there and recollects what an enthusiastic, determined body of people the meeting was.

He remembers that there were several speakers, who aroused the audience to a high pitch of enthusiasm, and he thinks that he remembers Durbin Ward being among these.

Several other persons have recollection of this affair. Among these is the fact that the band was there and played several patriotic airs, such as Hail Columbia and Star Spangled Banner. The unanimous feeling is that the meeting was one of the most determined, harmonious and patriotic ever held in Lebanon for any purpose, and that it was a fitting opening chapter to Warren County's share in the history of the great civil war.

Source: "Warren County in the War, Part I" The Lebanon (Ohio) Gazette, Saturday, October 31, 1885
[copy obtained from microfilm available at the Warren County Genealogical Society]

Arne H Trelvik
5 April 2011

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