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Welcome to Clinton
County, Ohio

Indianapolis, Ind. :: B.F. Bowen & Co., 1915
Albert J. Brown, Supervising Editor

pg. 101

     On one in this country wants or expects to see the gruesome shadow of the war-god visit this beautiful land of ours again.  Yet neither North nor South would forego one tittle of the heroic savagery, of the brutal chivalry, that marked the shock of brother against brother in those never-to-be-forgotten battles of the Civil War.  Yet from their bloody fields has arisen an imperishable understanding that must come when hostile members of the same stock try each other's mettle.  And this is why we like to hear about it and they like to talk about it.  Who is there that has not seen the gatherings in the country lanes, under the silver poplars before the village blacksmith shop, in the shade of the awnings that shelter the cove oysters and mackerel kits in front of the store.  Crops are very essential affairs, and the prospects of rain must need be discussed as they foregather at the hallowed trysting places.  But the conversation languishes after a while, until one pipes up: "Bill, d'ye remember so and so, and so and so?"  Does Bill remember?  Well, he should say, yes!  And they fight it over again, until through the horned glaze in the eyes of the oldest of the old who took part there comes the light of other days, such as Byron only knew by proxy and had to tell second hand.  Until finally Steve Johnson goes out in front, draws the line of attack in the dust of the village street, leads the ghostly corps in the forlorn attack, routs the enemy, lock, stock and barrel!  Then they, at the call of the smith, hitch up and each wends his way back to the crops in the field, to the vegetable garden in the rear of the town home, where the pole beans are climbing high and the promise of early roastin' ears lends new vigor to aged hands, as they guide the hoe through the fast-growing grass, or whang a jimpson weed into the "kingdom come" of useless things.


     Clinton county has had residents in every war that our country has waged - the War of Independence, the War of 1812, the Indian struggles, the Mexican War, the war between the North and the South and, lastly, the war with Spain.  It is hard to find the names of those who saw service in the Revolutionary War, but the following were Revolutionary pensioners who became residents of Clinton County:

Thomas Fugate, private, Twenty-second United Stages Infantry, died Sept. 11, 1833;
William Spencer, private, Virginia Continental Line;
William Venard, private, Tupper's brigade;
Daniel Redington, private, Massachusetts Continental Line;
John Allen, private, Virginia State Troops;
John Beard, private, Virginia Militia;
Asa Disbrown, private, Connecticut State Troops;
Abraham Ellis, private, Pennsylvania State Troops;
William Lloyd, private, Virginia Continental Line;
Thomas Gaddis, captain and colonel, Virginia State Troops;
Isaac Grant, private, Virginia Continental Line;
John Hall, private, Virginia State Troops;
David Harwick, private, Virginia Cavalry;
Thomas Hardin, private, Delaware Militia;
John Jones, private, Pennsylvania Militia;
Elijah Sabin, private, New York Militia;
David Shields, private, Virginia Militia;
James Spencer, private, Virginia Militia;
John Wollad, private, Virginia Militia;
Gordon Howard, private, Pennsylvania Continental Line;
Dennis O'Laughlin, private, Pennsylvania Continental Line;
Alexander Strickland, private, Virginia Continental Line;
Michael Wolf, private, Virginia Continental Line;
Abraham Westfall, New York Continental Line;
Thomas Weekly, Connecticut Line.

     The claim that he had fought under Washington in the Revolutionary War and under William Henry Harrison in the War of 1812, was always made by Capt. Joseph Parrott, who was living in the county in1840, and was then a very old man.

WAR OF 1812.

     There can be no doubt that Clinton county furnished men for the Army of the Northwest under Harrison, in the second war with Great Britain, but no lists can be found giving their names.  At that time the county did not have many men to send, but no doubt can be entertained that she furnished her full quota.


     During the war with Mexico in 1847, R. B. Harlan, of Washington, raised a company of volunteers, but they were not used, as the quota of the state had been filled and they were not needed.  Gen. James W. Denver, at that time a volunteer from the state of Missouri, but later a resident of Wilmington, achieved distinction in the Mexican War.  Throughout the period before the Civil War, militia companies were organized in Ohio.  Judge Robert B. Harlan, a resident of Wilmington, rose to the rank of major-general of Ohio Militia.


     Then came those stirring times that tried men's souls.  To us, as to them, it now seems like a dream.  The call to arms, with a spontaneous response in North and South that filled the ranks with city born and country-bred; with the sophisticated and the simple; with the innocent from the farms and the early-wise wastrels from the docks of seaport cities; the riot in the streets of Baltimore; the earlier skirmishes, followed by the heart-deadening rout from Bull Run; then a settling down to the long, grim contest, with uncertain hopes and fears, until Vicksburg fell and the historic fight at Gettysburg pointed to the beginning of the end, when the flag of a lost cause should be furled forever and one banner again float over the reunited people.
     There is no more magnificent record than that of Clinton county during this struggle.  The Clinton Republican of Friday, Apr. 19, 1861, has the following article, headed "Popular Excitement:"
     "The news of the surrender of Fort Sumter fell heavily upon the citizens on Sunday evening, as it flashed along the wires, and on Monday, when the daily papers arrived, confirming the report, and bringing the President's proclamation calling for seventy-five thousand volunteers, the excitement became intense.  Preparations were immediately commenced for erecting a national flag on the top of the court house, whilst those of our citizens who happened to be possessed of national banners, immediately unfurled them to the breeze.  About one o'clock, a large flag, displaying thirty-four stars, was run up on the court house, accompanied by the cheers of hte hundreds of people who lined the sidewalks and thronged the streets.  A large meeting of the citizens then spontaneously assembled in the court house, which was organized by the appointment of William Fuller, Esq., chairman, and Rodney Foos, secretary.  The meeting was spiritedly addressed  by Messrs. William Fuller, J. Q. Smith, R. B. Harlan, A. W. Doan, I B. Allen, Leroy Pope, A. C. Diboll, J. D. Hines and David Linton.  An agreement was then presented to the meeting of volunteers to be subject to the call of the proper authorities to march to the defense of the Union whenever and wherever called, which was signed on the spot by the following named citizens:  R. B. Harlan, J. D. Hines, I. B. Allen, A. W. Doan, H. B. Crumly, C. B. Lindsey, William S. Foos, William Adams, Jesse Hines, D. C. Kearns, James D. Roak, C. H. Morgan, S. J. Reed, E. Foos, H. S. Doan, J. W. Campbell, Jonathan Doan, Jr., C. T. Atkinson, A. H. Chapman, W. J. Speers and Samuel Woodruff.
The following names have been added since:  C. M. Robinson, Michael Heck, P. A. Stamats, James B. Ireland, Sauel S. Dunham, Eli Madden, Cyrus Hunt, Edin Andrew, Albert Harvey, S. T. Darbyshire, John Pennington,  Stephen G. Job, Silas Page, Franklin Bayhan, John W. Shirey, Carey Johnson, John B. Abbott, W. B. Moore, G. P. Dunham, Elias Doan, G. D. Bendel, William H. Garrett, G. D. Smith, C. P. Penn, J. Parkerson, A. Arnold, J. F. Dakin, Frank S. Wheeler, J. N. Clovin, Rockey Osborn, Michael Long, John J. Harris, Amos T. Sewell, Miles Reeder, Joseph Smith, W. N. Wilkerson, E. S. Cline, G. M. McKinsey, John Fugate, James Garrison, Thomas P. Tyrrell, Thomas M. Pugh, C. S. Outcalt, George M. Zeigler, and several others whose names we have not learned.
     "Attention, Clinton County Volunteers!  The volunteers of Clinton county will assemble in front of the court house in Wilmington today (Friday, at one o'clock P. M.) for the purpose of arranging to start to Washington on Monday next.  Any suitable persons, desirous of joining the company, by attending at that time, may possibly have an opportunity to do so, but as the number is limited, it would be safer to apply before.  By order of the captain.                         R. B. HARLAN."



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