Monday, October 15, 2007

ON THIS DAY: Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2007

War news appears throughout The Cleveland Morning Leader today. Ohio has 55,000 men “in camp and field,” with 36 regiments already sent outside the state while still more are in training camps throughout Ohio. Within the past 10 days, the 2nd, 14th, 15th, 17th, 31st, 35th, and 49th infantry, as well as two artillery batteries, have been dispatched to Kentucky. The 37th and 44th infantry have joined the numerous Ohio regiments already in western Virginia. A man returning from Rosecrans’ headquarters in western Virginia reports “all is quiet along the Kanawha [river].” Less cheering is news that two steamers have arrived at Cincinnati with 206 sick soldiers from the Kanawha region. In Ravenna, the body of a soldier who died in the Kanawha region from sickness—probably typhoid or cholera—arrived home for burial in a local cemetery. From Harpersfield in Ashtabula, 84 out of 260 registered voters are reported to be in the military. Printers at The Leader have presented a sword to Capt. John H. Williston, one of their own who had joined the service. At Cairo, Illinois, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant has refused a Confederate offer to exchange prisoners. Grant says he does not “recognize the Southern Confederacy,” but will check higher authority on what to do.

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