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

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.



Some weeks ago the Gazette published a list of the members of Company F, 12th O. V. I., as furnished it by Mr. George W. Carey. But this was only for the hundred days’ service. As was told in the sixth number of “Warren County in the War,” after its arrival at Camp Dennison, the whole regiment was mustered in for three years. This three year list of the companies is not the same as the original hundred days’ men and it is with great pleasure that we are now able to give the complete three year list of Company F. For this we are indebted to the kindness of Mr. E. K. Snook, of South Lebanon. Mr. Snook was a member of the company and has preserved the roll. It is probably the only one now attainable, and we give it in full.

Captain, Rigdon Williams.
First Lieutenant, A. J. Roosa.
Second Lieutenant, D. W. Pauly.
Third Lieutenant, J. W. Ross.
First Sergeant, T. J. Atkinson.
Second Sergeant, R. B. Wilson.
Third Sergeant, F. M. Baker.
Fourth Sergeant, A. G. Gooch.
Fifth Sergeant, F. L. Farnshell.
First Corporal, J. Carder.
Second Corporal, M. B. Graham.
Third Corporal, E. O. Wilson.
Fourth Corporal, I. J. Clevenger.
Fifth Corporal, J. H. Smith.
Sixth Corporal, J. M. Snook.
Seventh Corporal, J. W. Boyce.
Eighth Corporal, Lee Coffeen.

J. L. Booth, H. Irons,
J. T. Blair, T. T. Irons,
F. M. Benham, W. P. Jackson,
J. K. Bates, J. Kennon,
A. Q. Bailey, J. Kinner,
M. Bailey, M. Kirk,
J. M. Bailey, W. H. Kenney,
S. Bailey, A. D. Lowe,
J. F. Brown, J. M. Murry,
H. Baldwin, G. W. Mercer,
S. Brandenburg, J. A. Miers,
F. L. Bradley, C. W. Miller,
F. D. Brodrick, T. T. McCowen,
S. Barrough, P. Malon,
S. Campbell, J. McFarland,
J. Campbell, T. McMichael,
I. W. Compton, A. Oxley,
E. J. Camberlain, J. B. Paulding,
A. Cot, J. Patterson,
J. M. Crane, T. Patterson,
J. Colman, J. Peers,
W. J. Crane, W. Paxton,
J. Coffield, A. W. Bedd,
J. N. Cline, A. P. Ritchie,
S. W. Compton, L. C. Staley,
J. S. Carey, J. E. Spicer,
F. Callahan, P. H. Snook,
H. Cestnut, J. Stump,
W. L. Cochran, E. K. Snook,
J. Dolton, J. R. Sweny,
C. K. Dunham, T. P. Sagerty,
W. E. Drake, G. E. Smith,
J. C. Freeman, J. Sage,
P. Fox, F. L. Torrence,
J. Fox, S. B. Trimble
J. W. Galeanor, O. N. Tichenor,
G. F. Harris, J. Turner,
J. P. Hoffman, Jabez Turner,
J. Holbrook, H. F. Shune,
P. Hurt, N. Wood,
C. M. Herrald, Durbin Ward,
H. Hoogland, J. Ward,
T. Hatfield, J. N. Wilkerson,

The recruits of 1862 and ’63 were:
J. Snook, jr., J. Fitzgerald, J. Finn, J. Compton, T. Norris, D. Collins, F. M. Lyons, ___ St. John, ___ Ishman.
The regiment was mustered into United States Service on the 19th of June, 1861, by Lieutenant R. V. W. Howard, U.S.A., at Camp Dennison.


At the time of the breaking out of the war the celebrated Coffeen’s Chinese liniment was being manufactured at Lebanon. This was one of the first of patent medicines and it was universally distributed all over the country. The old factory still stands at the old homestead on the Cincinnati pike just inside of the corporation.
When Company F of the 12th was about to leave for Columbus they met and were drawn up in line on Broadway and as was told in Mr. Carey’s article, all the soldiers were presented with testaments, the gift of the citizens of Lebanon.
Old Mr. Coffeen then appeared on the scene. He wanted to do something for the boys. His sons were members of the company and it made him feel warmly toward all. He did not know of anything that would be better to five than his infallible remedy and so, after the solemn scene of the testament presentation, he walked along the line of soldiers and gravely presented to each one a bottle of his liniment. It was well meant and may have done good but testaments and liniment made a rather incongruous mixture. But all the Company F still remember the old man’s act and they still refer to it among their stories of battle and skirmish.


A gentleman formerly living on the South Lebanon pike hands in the following recollections of war days along that road:
“In the district of country lying between Lebanon and South Lebanon there were many loyal hearts in war times. If a war meeting was to be held at either of the two towns that whole section turned out to attend. They were generous in their donations, and finally, as was done all over the country, organized committees to make up boxes to send to the soldiers. These used to be called ‘Sanitary Committees,’ or at lest that is what the committee of our district was called. It consisted of Joseph Jameson, who at that time occupied the farm where D. H. Sergeant now lives, Mrs. T. G. Dunham and Mrs. James White.

“This was the committee. They were the superintendents and one of the favorite contributions to the soldiers was sauer kraut. The committee would appoint a place of meeting and every one for several miles around would be in attendance. There are many persons living now who look back with pleasure when they met at the various farms along the old pike to make sauer kraut for the boys at the front.”
Apple, mince, pumpkin and squash pies, great loaves of home made bread, apples, potatoes and almost every thing good that a Warren County farm can produce, made up the boxes, which were forwarded to the front and there is no doubt but that they were appreciated by the soldier boys. Even now, an old soldier, if interrogated on the matter, will brighten up and tell how they used to look for boxes from home. There were a pleasure to both senders and receivers.

Arne H Trelvik
20 December 2011

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