In July and September, 1862, during the apprehended siege of the city of Cincinnati by John Morgan, the noted Confederate raider, an appeal was made to the farmers an laboring men within a proper distance of the city to aid in its defence. A large number of men from the rural districts hastened to the rescue. On the second of September Governor Tod issued a proclamation authorizing General Lew Wallace to complete the organization, and stating that none but armed men would be received, and also providing for their transportation by rail at the expence of the state. The Queen City was speedily put in a position of defence by General Wallace. General Morgan failed to commence the siege, and the "Squirrel Hunters" were dismissed. Ashland county sent one hundred and four men. Bu a resolution of the legislature, in the winter of 1863, discharges, in due form, were furnished the "Squirrel Hunters" of 1862.