||CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS OF RANDOLPH TWP., MONTGOMERY COUNTY, OHIO
Follow this page regularly to learn more about local township veterans who served in the Civil War. Also check out their surnames in the Family Tree list. Links to biographies of specific soldiers are given at the bottom of this page. Order the Civil War Programs Booklet
COMMENTS ABOUT RANDOLPH TWP. CIVIL WAR VETERANS
Society members have spent a good deal of time and effort in recent months trying to identify veterans of the Civil War who are buried in local cemeteries. We have reviewed local cemetery readings made by Loren Butterbaugh, visited the cemeteries to take photos, and checked in county histories. So far, RTHS members have located the graves of at least 38 Civil War soldiers buried in: Bethel (7), Concord (9), Fairview (2), Hart-Rinehart (1), Minnich (10), Salem (7) and New Warner (2). Other men who served may lie under non-descriptive tombstones or may have moved out of the area after the Civil War. Names of these men and photos of their tombstones and other information is available at the RTHS History Center.
The 1890 Veterans Schedule, a part of the 1890 U. S. Census that was not destroyed by fire, lists names of 61 Civil War veterans and/or their widows still living in Randolph Twp. at that time. Fifty-one of these names are different from the 38 cited above, meaning that at least 89 Randolph Twp. men served in the Civil War. The exact number will never be known.
Some interesting facts have been uncovered. For example: At least two men from Union (Emor Smith and George W. Eby) hired substitutes to take their place when they were drafted. Smith paid the U. S. Government $800 for his substitute, according to his biography in the History of Montgomery County, published by W. H. Beers in 1882.
Eby later joined the 131st Regiment (National Guard) and then the 82nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry. His service is well documented in his personal diary, a copy of which was donated to the historical society several years ago by his descendants. We will be reading from Eby’s diary at the May 11 meeting, and tracing his steps through many major battles.
It is a sad but true fact that more men died from disease or side effects of their wounds than were killed in action. Letters received by family members living at home relate these poignant tales. Civil War pension records indicate that some veterans suffered lung problems, stomach complaints, and chronic diarrhea throughout their lives.
CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS BIOGRAPHIES AVAILABLE NOW ON FAMILY TREE PAGE:
George W. Eby
Thomas V. Eby
Henry Brewer King
Firman K. Pauly
George W. Purcell
Emor E. Smith
SELECTED PHOTOS OF CIVIL WAR EXHIBITS
AT RTHS HISTORY CENTER
The Civil War exhibit officially closed in November 2011
but selected displays will remain up through 2012.
Relics of the Civil War: powder horns, bullet mold, mini balls, wad cutter, handcuffs and reproduction Civil War belt buckles and buttons.
Photographs of graves of Civil War veterans found in Randolph Township cemeteries.
Reproduction Civil War Union soldier's uniform, cap, sword, bayonet, and musket plus commemorative pitchers, wooden cane, GAR tin cup, and examples of Confederate script.
GAR parade flag and Confederate pike.