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Warren County in the War
Part VII

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.




Captain Charles E. Sausser has asked the Gazette to make some corrections in his statements made in a previous chapter. He said at the time that he was a little uncertain about some of the minor details, although of the principal facts he is very positive. Meeting one of the Gazette reporters on the street the Captain spoke as follows:
“I am very sorry, but I made several minor mistakes in my talk with you the other day. But since that time I have had opportunities of refreshing my memory, and I think I can give the details to you correctly now.
“The first meeting, as I stated then, was on the evening of the 13th of April. Now, I had forgotten completely when I told you that the meeting in front of Captain Gilchrist’s was on the evening of the 14th, that the 14th was Sunday. That meeting was held on Monday evening, after the reception of the news of the downfall of Sumpter and the President’s proclamation. The facts about the meeting were as I stated before.
“Another matter that I should like to correct is about the paper to which we put our names. On Monday morning, when the papers came, Durbin Ward was trying a case at the court-house. After hastily glancing over the pages of the paper the young lawyer sat down and wrote something like this: ‘We, the undersigned, hereby offer our services to our country to suppress all attempts at rebellion,’ and signed his name. The second signature was that of Milton Graham, now deceased. He was a son of J. B. Graham, and a brother to the present Auditor. Milt Graham took the paper in charge. Andrew Roosa, Daniel Pauly, Rigdon Williams, Major J. D. Wallace of Morrow, and R. B. Wilson were among the first names to go down. Then it was Graham who carried the paper around town, not Rigdon Williams, and he got more than a hundred names that day and evening. The paper was produced for signatures at the meeting in front of Gilchrist’s store and some names were obtained there. I find by reference to some papers in my possession that the total number enlisted was one hundred and forty-seven, instead of one hundred and twenty-seven. These statements, I think are correct and make right any errors into which I may have fallen at first.”

War matters have become dim in the minds of older citizens of Maineville, at least as to the early times. A day’s earnest labor by one of the Gazette force in Hamilton Township failed to unearth any recollection of any such a meeting as that at Lebanon, or such demonstration as the pole raising at Waynesville. But the little township was not lacking in patriotism. Situated as the town of Maineville is, away from the railroad, one of the quietest of country villages and of a small population, much smaller then than now, such a demonstration could hardly have been expected.
The newspapers did not arrive at Maineville on that fatal Saturday until nearly noon. Whatever business there was stopped. People gathered on street corners to talk the matter over and it is probable that in the evening a public open air meeting was held in the school yard, but what was done there or who spoke it was impossible to learn. Some came to Lebanon and others went to Morrow, to learn of what was going on, and Company A received a handsome squad of volunteers from Hamilton, when it was raised.
All recollection of any meeting held about this time for the purpose of raising volunteers is also very hazy. A number do remember, however, that such a meeting was held in Seth Tuft’s woods, near town, but cannot fix the date. Some think it was in April, while at least one gentleman was sure it was in the fall of the year. The meeting was an all day affair – a sort of a basket meeting – and one of the speakers was Durbin Ward. This would tend to show that it was in the spring.
But even if Hamilton Township made no great display, it was not behind in works. No regular company claimed Maineville for its home, yet the township sent enough men to the war to make over two whole companies. But they were widely scattered. Some went in Company F, and quite a number in Company A, of the 12th Ohio. Then, at the time of the reorganization of the hundred days’ men, when General Ward was made major of the 17th, a squad of twenty-five men volunteered from this township. They were sworn into the service in the academy lot at Maineville by Colonel Wilson, of the U.S. Army, and, under Captain McCoy and Lieutenant James Murdoch, hurried off to join Ward’s regiment. But the quota of the regiment was full and squad went to the 2nd Ohio. Among these twenty five men was one of whom every Warren County man is proud, Ben Butterworth. He did not join the 2nd Ohio, but at once went on General Sleigh’s staff as volunteer aid-de-camp, a position exactly similar to that held by Durbin Ward before he was made major of the 17th.
In addition to its representation in the 2nd and 12th, Hamilton Township had men in the 5th Ohio, the 34th and 35th, the 54th, the 79th, and in both the cavalry and naval service. This township was anything but behind in works of patriotism and loyalty.

"Warren County in the War, Part VII," The Lebanon (Ohio) Gazette, Saturday, December 12, 1885.

[See Beers History of Warren County, Ohio page 618 for a listing of about 50 Hamilton Township men who served during the Civil War]

Arne H Trelvik
24 September 2011

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