Civil War Newspaper Articles


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Cincinnati Enquirer September 5, 1862

Newport is famous for loafers. Heretofore squads of them might be seen on every street corner from morning till night, but the business was broken up yesterday, thanks to the declaration of martial law. They were all carried off to the fortifications and put to work

Cincinnati Enquirer September 18, 1862
 (I can't tell for sure the family's name)

A Woman Shot – A female name Wible(???) was shot  yesterday in the following manner: A file of soldiers visited her house for the purpose of compelling her husband to accompany them to the fortifications and perform his part in working on the intrenchments. Upon making their appearance in front of his home, Wible drew forth a pistol and pointed it at them, when the soldiers fired on him, the ball from one of the guns taking effect in the neck of Mrs. Wible, inflicting a very severe wound. Wible was arrested and conveyed to jail.

Cincinnati Enquirer September 22, 1862

Arrested – Three soldiers, named James W. Bunch, L. Holloway and J. Stockley, of Company K, Eighty-ninth Ohio Regiment, were arrested yesterday on the charge of insulting ladies on the street.

Narrow Escape – Another one of those hair-breadth escapes, resulting from the careless use of fire arms, occurred in the city about daylight yesterday morning. It appears that while some careless picket was engaged in playing with his gun, the piece was accidentally discharged. The bullet entered the window of the residence of a respectable citizen, passing through the chamber in which one of his daughters was sleeping, directly over, and within a few inches of her bed, and lodged in the wall beyond.
The young lady regards her escape as a most providential one, as the bed upon which she lay had been removed from its accustomed position near the window but the day before. Each careless handling of fire arms by inexperienced persons is certainly reprehensible, and, unless speedily checked, will doubtless result in some fatal disaster.

Cincinnati Enquirer November 6, 1862

The Pontoon Bridge.  – This structure, which was built across the Licking River just below the Suspension Bridge, about two months ago, for Government purposes, was removed yesterday.
Roads Guarded – The Alexandria, Jamestown, Licking and other roads leading out of Newport, are all strictly guarded by soldiers, to prevent the smuggling of contraband goods southward.

Cincinnati Enquirer November 13, 1862

Return of Prisoners – The following citizens of Newport and Campbell County who have been confined at Camp Chase, Ohio, have been relieved and are now at home: Robert Mattox, Geo. D. Allen, Patrick Welsh, Jesse Yelton, James Digby, Rev. Mr. Fisher, A.D. Daniels and several others, whose names we do not remember.

Cincinnati Enquirer November 19, 1862

Newport News

Killed in a Skirmish – We learn that Mr. Charles Stone, of Jamestown, Ky., was killed about a week ago in a skirmish with the rebels, near Nashville, Tenn.

Death of a Newport Rebel – We learn that Evan Southgate, of this city, who was a guerrilla Captain in the rebel service, died recently of wounds received in a skirmish. He was on his way to Vicksburg at the time of his death.

Cincinnati Enquirer March 26, 1863

A Scout – A considerable force of mounted infantry passed through this city, on Tuesday night, on their way to the upper part of Campbell County, where, it is stated, rebel recruiting officers have been doing a land-office business for some time past, raising recruits and impressing horses. The object of the expedition is to break up the aforesaid business. Nothing had been heard from it… (Note from research: the rest of article is missing from microfilm. Is this the expedition that captured Corbin & McGraw?)

Cincinnati Enquirer April 4, 1863

Skirmish with Guerrillas – The Campbell County Home Guards had a little brush with a party of guerrillas, on Ripple Creek, about two miles south of Cold Springs, on Saturday night last. The guerillas were scattered, but none killed, so far as is known.

Registration of Rebel Deserters – The following deserters from the rebel army have reported in this city during the past two weeks, for registration under the late order of General Palmer: Jas. E. McIntosh, 10th Ky. Rebel Cavalry; John N. Richardson, 21st Miss. Infantry; Henry T. Daniel, 1st Ky. Infantry; John Hawkins, 4th Ky. Infantry; J. H. Colston, 6th Miss.; Edward L. Southgate, 4th Ky.; G. Cal. Richardson, 38th Miss. Infantry; Samuel Bigstaff, 2d Ky. Cavalry; Lewis Woodworth, 1st Ky. Mounted Rifles; James L. Stephens, 4th Ky. Cavalry; Nich. Cherry, Humphrey Marshall’s forces; Benj. J. Beall, 10th Ky. Cavalry. All of the foregoing are citizens of Campbell County. Beall was a Captain in the rebel service.

Cincinnati Enquirer April 19, 1863

Dress parade and music every afternoon from four to six o’clock, at the Newport Barracks, to which the public have free access. We know of no more pleasant recreation these fine afternoons than a trip across the river, to hear the sweet notes of Professor Hort’s fine band of musicians and witness the evolutions of the numerous and well disciplined troops at the Garrison.

Cincinnati Enquirer May 8, 1863

Covington News section: Rebel Prisoners – The train from Lexington, on Wednesday night, brought down fifty-one Secession sympathizers, who were taken to Kemper Barracks, Cincinnati. Among the number we noticed Judge Joe Hayden Nelson of Alexandria, Campbell County.

Cincinnati Enquirer October 29, 1863

Identified – The negro woman and children who were arrested in this town on Monday evening, while endeavoring, under the guidance of a white woman, named Nancy Miller, to get across the river into Ohio, were yesterday identified as the property of a Mr. Northcutt, of Grant County, Kentucky. Mrs. Miller was taken back to Williamstown, where the Grant Circuit Court is now in session, before which she will be arraigned. The “chattels” were given over to the charge of their master. We are informed that slave property is considered very insecure in Grant County, it being well known that a regularly organized band of persons consisting of both women and men, whose object is to aid negroes to escape, exists in the region.

Cincinnati Enquirer February 5, 1864

Number of Troops Furnished by Campbell County to the Union Army During the Present Rebellion:
Newport, First District……..332
Newport, Second…………...303
Eighth Mile………………...58
John’s Hill………………….51
Cold Spring………………...47
Two Mile…………………..36
Grant’s Lick………………..80


Average vote of the County..2,260
Largest vote ever cast……...2,630

Cincinnati Enquirer August 20, 1864

Guerillas in Campbell County – We are informed that a band of guerri9llas have been prowling about through the upper portion of Campbell County during the past week. They took two fine horses from L. T. Hayman, residing near Cane Post Office and one form Edward P. Beil of California.

Cincinnati Enquirer March 29, 1865

Guerrillas in Campbell County – We learn that guerrillas again made t heir appearances in the upper end of this county, and are committing many depredations. On Sunday night a party of them visited John Richenour’s store, on Twelve Mile Creek, about seven miles from Alexandria, and carried of (sic) all of its contents, consisting of dry goods, boots, shoes, &c. They also took from Mr. R $250, and all of his horses. Ambrose Bruce, and a number of other citizens of the same neighborhood, also lost horses.



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