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History of Seneca County, (Ohio)
from the close of the Revolutionary War to July, 1880 :
embracing many personal sketches of pioneers, anecdotes, and faithful descriptions of events pertaining to the organization of the county and its progress

Published by: Springfield, Ohio: Transcript Print. Co.
1880
717 pgs.
VENICE TOWNSHIP IN THE WAR
as told by McKitrick: *
 

     It was half past four o'clock, Friday morning, April 12, 1861, when the first roar of cannon broke the quiet in which our nation had rested many years.  We had enjoyed peace and prosperity and were unused to war, and its first sound aroused the nation like an electric shock.  Strong men left their quiet homes to join the ranks of war and every worthy citizen bore a common share in the sacrifices, toils and cares required to preserve the integrity of the Union.
     Venice township bore her part manfully, and many of her sons were killed upon the battlefield, died of wounds received in the defence of their country or in rebel prison pens.
     And the women of Venice were as patriotic as the men.  They started aid societies for the relief of the sick and wounded soldiers, and for that purpose met at the Baptist church in Attica, on the evening of the 22d of October, 1861, when the organization was completed, a constitution adopted, Mrs. Sarah Blodgett elected president, Mrs. Elizabeth Brown secretary and Mrs. Mary Bennett treasurer. 
     Nearly every family in the community is mentioned in the secretary's report as having contributed something to the society.  Great quantities of clothing, provisions, hospital stores, etc., were sent forward from time to time to aid and relieve.  The last meeting of the society took place May 29, 1867, when all the money yet remaining on hand, was donated to the order of Good Templars.
     The following is an incomplete list of the volunteers from this township for the Union army.

7TH REGIMENT O. V. I.

     Stephen Rice, Joshua Creglough (who were killed in Strassburg), Jacob Hines, Lon Jones, Ira Grimes, James Smith, J. Harbaugh


COMPANY H, 14TH REGIENT O. V. I.

     Sergeant John Brown, Frank Bartholomew (wounded Sept. 19, 1863), Lyman Carpenter, Ambrose C. Croxton, John Goodman, R. J. Jamison, George Metcalf, William H. Miller (who were also wounded on same day.


COMPANY B, 49TH REGIMENT O. V. I.

     M. B. Todd, V. J. Miller, John Bennington, W. H. Miller, John Todd, Mark Shade, George Bennington, Jehu Weaver, H. B. Courtright, D. M. Miller, James Courtright.


55TH REGIMENT O. V. I.

     Otto Hull, Frank Smeltz and Stephen Howland


66TH REGIMENT O. V. I.

     Samuel Croston, August Tanner (wounded at Kennesaw Mountain, June 19, 1863), Lafayette Parmenter and Henry Ames (wounded at Peach Tree creek and died in consequence in July, 1863).


COMPANY I, 123D REGIMENT O. V. I.

     William Bartholomew (wounded at Farmville, Virginia, April 6, 1865), A. W. Hoffman, Joseph Hoffman, Sylvester Ostmer, Joseph Spencer, John Spencer, M. D. Todd, M. W. Mitchner (died from wounds, September 3, 1864), William B. Henry (died from wounds received June 15, 1864, at Winchester, Virginia), J. L. Henry, W. .Sheely, Samuel Carpenter, Wright McKibben, John Hillis, David Hillis, James Hillis, Wilson W. English, L. Gibson, Isaac Funk (killed July 18, 1864), Henry Ebersole (killed June 15, 1863, at Winchester Virginia), John Fink, Isaac Seavault, John W. Rogers, John B. Shaffer, David Thompson (wounded June 15, 1863), S. S. Carson, Hugh M. Cory, John H. Carpenter and J. F. Schuyler, lieutenant.  This company was discharged at Columbus, Ohio, June 15, 1865.
     Moses, John, Jeremiah, Peter and David Cassner were also members of said company.

     Quite a number of men served under Captain W. M. Miller in the O. N. G.
     Anson and Harvey Bartholomew, F. M. Seed, E. Crow, Joseph Harbaugh, Mr. Shade and W. B. Olds were stationed on Johnson's Island (Sandusky Bay) guarding rebel prisoners.
     Samuel Brown, J. Foster, John Huddleson, William Millon (killed in battle), Fred Thompson and John Thompson served in regiments whose numbers are not known.  Many men from Venice also enlisted in other states.


FIRST OHIO HEAVY ARTILLERY.

     Clarkson Betts, James Courtright, H. Courtright, S. Grove, Isaac Seppard, Silas McDougal, Alex. McKitrick, W. Shoup and James Pangborn.
    
In November, 1874, the people of Venice sent to the sufferers by grasshoppers in Kansas, in cash, clothing and provisions, $387.72, all raised in Attia and vicinity.  Mrs. Moltz was secretary of the association.
     A similar society in the town of Attica and vicinity sent to the sufferers by fire in Chicago, in 1871, $975.99.
 

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