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Selected Articles-Cleveland, Ohio Newspapers 1861-65


The Cleveland Plain Dealer April 16,1861

Two Cleveland Companies ordered to be in Readiness to March to Washington

Brigadier General Fitch recieved a dispatch from Adj. Gen. Carrington to have the Grays and one other company of Infantry recruited to seventy men each, inlcluding officers, ready to march to Washington at twenty-four hours notice. Gen. Fitch has given orders to the Cleveland Grays, Capt. Paddock, and the Hibernian Guards, Capt. Kenny, to put themselves in readiness as above. The Grays now number fourty-five men and the Guards something less than that number. The U.S. Goverment will supply arms.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer April 18,1861

The Hibernian Guards

The guards will not be ready to proceed to Columbus today as their ranks are not full. Captain Kenny is actively engaged in putting his company in order for marching. We called at their Armory on Oregon Street this morning and found Capt. Kenny drilling recruits. He thinks his company will be ready to respond before next week. The following is a list of the company at present stand:

Capt. Wm. Kenny			P.C. Noonan
1st Lieut. McHanny		Michael Cummingings
2nd "   J. Cahill		Wm. Crow
Ensign C.Carey			Patrick McGraw
1st Serg. C.C.Rodgers		James Brennan
2nd   "   J. Hegg		Jerimiah Kelchar
3rd   "   Wm. Hegg		James Malin
4th   "	  M. Powers		John Griffith
1st Corparal James Blee		Peter Goldrick
       Privates			Peter McNalley
Barney McCarty			Nicholas Botler
Michael Crea			G.C.Hagerty
Peter Carey			T.F.Galaway
P.K.Walsh			J.J.Butler
Patrick McGrath			James A. Rodgers
Patrick Smith			John McCanna
John Dullard			Thos. Canaby
Dennis Pender			John Farchild
John Brown			John Ready
John Keeg			James Brown
Luke Riley			James Kelley
Edward Harman			E.S.Newell
James Moore			James Grace
Philip Dempsey			Jeremiah Buckley
Thomas Keeley			Charles McCarty
John Mahony			Ed Greer
James Horygan

The Cleveland Plain Dealer April 19,1861

Hibernian Guards

The Guards have been diligent since yesterday and have completed their compliment. They will leave for Pittsburg by special train at 9 o'clock this evening. They are drilling at the Grays Armory.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer April 20,1861

The Hibernian Guards

The Guards did not leave last evening as anticapated. They will leave next week. If not ordered to leave on Monday, they will go into Camp Union.

Yesterday afternoon the workman employed at Quayle & Martin's Ship Yard presented the Guards with a splendid flag. Mr. G.G.Allen, one of thier number, accompanied the presentation with fitting remarks, to which Capt. Kenny responded, assuring the donors that the Guards would cherish the Stars and Stripes, and never permit them to be trailed in the dust. He was followed by Major Edward Kinsman, Lieut. J. Lantry and Father Hannan, each of whom added such remarks as the occasion inspired.

Last evening Mr. Taylor furnished the Guards with a splendid supper at the Angier.-Patriotic toasts and speeches abounded.

Yesterday afternoon Deputy Marshal McKinstry presented to Capt. Kenny and Lieut. Cahiel, each a handsome revolver.


The Cleveland Plain Dealer April 20,1861

Camp Taylor

But two companies were mustered into service yesterday, the Hibernian Guards, Capt. Kinney, and the Seneca Sharp Shooters, Capt. Franklin. The Fort Stevenson Guards, Capt. Ritter, and the Bucyrus Light Infantry, Capt. Butterfield, were mustered into service this morning. Adjut. Gen Carrington arrived at 9 o'clock last evening and left at 6 o'clock this morning. He spent several hours at Camp Taylor and commended it as may be seen by his special order. He has provided for the organization of two Regiments at Camp Taylor, ten companies in a Regiment. Companies cannot be mustered in short of 75 men rank and file, and those companies desiring a hundred men can have them. The National Guards, Capt. Wiseman, will muster 100 men. Gen. Fitch is permitted to place four companies of his Brigade from Cuyahoga County County in the two regiments. They have not yet been designated. They will probably be Light Guard Co. A., the National Guards, Sprague Cadets and the Hibernian Guards.
Cleveland Plain Dealer - Last week of April 1861

Ordered to Camp Dennison

Yesterday afternoon orders were recieved directing the 8th Regiment to proceed at once to Camp Dennison near Cincinnati. They will leave by the 2:45 mail train, C.C. & C. road, this afternoon. The train will consist of eighteen passenger coaches, besides baggage cars. The following companies constitute the above regiment:

Eighth Regiment

Co. A-Seneca Sharp Shooters..................Franklin " B-Hibernian Guards.......................Kenney " C-Bucyrus Rifles.........................Butterfield " D-Norwalk Guards.........................Sawyer " E-Sandusky City Guards...................De Puy " F-Freemont Guards........................Tillitson " G-Croghan Guards.........................Hayes " H-Elyria Co. A...........................Starr " I- " " B...........................Willson " K-Medina Co. B...........................Pierce

Camp Taylor

The soldiers who are to leave this afternoon for Camp Dennison were busily employed this morning in getting ready to move. Some were running hither and thither with half-packed carpet sacks, others writing letters home on desks formed of hat tops, shingles and occasionally the ground. An Elyria company were enjoying a fine collection sent them from Le Grange.


The Cleveland Plain Dealer on or about May 7, 1861

From the Eighth

We have received a letter from P. K. Welsh our Correspondent in the Hibernian Guards, at Camp Dennison, Ohio, but too late for publication to-day. Of Camp Dennison he says:

Camp Dennison, May 4.

We arrived here yesterday after one o'clock. The Camp is a long line of strong shanties built by the men themselves, at which most of the regiment felt taken aback, as the rain had made the ground into slush, in which we sank to our ankles.

Before we entered on the Camp Ground, all were served with rations of bread and pork.

The lumber for each Company's shanties was then marked out, and they began hauling it through the mud, the rain still continuing, which increased to a storm with thunder and lightning before they could get any place finished. However, they worked till nearly dark, when Capt. Nowlan, from Dayton, A gallant Irishman, came to Capt. Kenny and offered a part of his quarters for the night, which the latter accepted, and we all retired to nestle away in our wet clothes as best we might; having waded to the quarter, in some places, to our knees in mud. Notwithstanding, this morning, after all turned out, and fires were lighted, the sun shone brightly and all felt as happy as the larks in spring.

All day there is nothing but sawing and building, and while I write, I am surrounded with a Babel of carpenters, hammering away in all directions. Some companies went off in search of farm houses, last night, I understand, while others lay under lumber huts, put up temporarily for the night so as to throw off the rain. As soon as we get established we shall be as independent as Kings.

P. K. W.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer May 8, 1861

Letter from Camp Dennison.

Camp Dennison, O., May 6th, 1861.

Mr. J. W. Gray - Dear Sir: Arrived here this P.M. at two o'clock. Our men feel in good spirits. To give you a description of the camp is almost impossible, as there is no organization. It is composed of a row of barracks about three-fourths of a mile long -- every company build their own quarters -- seven barracks, or shanties, constitute the quarters of a Company. The ground is in an awful condition, the mud is six inches deep. The ground is well located for a camp. It presents rather a lively appearance, you can see men by hundreds carrying boards on their shoulders, others digging ditches, some cooking, all busy endeavoring to make themselves comfortable. The Quarter-Master's head-quarters are in a barn, located about the centre of the ground. He is busy distributing material for the use of the men.

There are two villages near, each one half a mile from the camp; one is Milford and the other is Miamiville. I am writing this on a piece of board. Will endeavor to give you a better description in my next.

The election for Colonel in the Eight Regiment resulted in favor of Captain De Puy. The names of the other officers I have as yet not been able to ascertain.

The places for selling liquor in the two villages are guarded by soldiers detailed from the camp, and there is no spiritous liquor sold to a soldier.

Yours truly, O. W. S.


The Cleveland Plain Dealer May 10, 1861

Camp Dennison--Officers of the 7th and 8th--Quarters and Fare--Incidents of Camp Life.

Dear Dealer: -- Yesterday was as fair and pleasant as one could wish. The mud dried up rapidly, and things begin to wear a more cheerful appearance. The election for officers of the 7th Regiment took place yesterday with the following results: -- Colonel, Tyler; Lieutenant Colonel, Creighton, Major, Casement-- the same as the previous irregular vote had at Camp Taylor. The friends of the successful candidates gave vent to their satisfaction by toting them around the quarters on their shoulders.

The Cleveland boys have arranged their quarters in such a way that they are both comfortable and healthy. Sixteen compose a mess. Each mess appoints a mess Captain, mess cook, and mess dishwasher. The camp-fires are built in the rear of the barracks, each mess having the privilege of a fire. Our rations have been improved, fresh beef having been added to-day. The cooking utensils are--one metal kettle, two sheet iron buckets, two frying pans, a tin plate, cup, spoon, knife and fork. These constitute the soldier's "cooking kit." Barracks are rapidly going up, and the sound of hammers are heard from early morn until late in the evening all along the line of the camp, which extends a distance of about one mile and a half.

There was such an unanimous expression of indignation at the fare and treatment sent forth from the whole camp that the officers in charge are beginning to show a disposition to accommodate and look after the wants of the men. The hospital, however, shows the effects of unhealthy ground and wet feet. Two men of the Zouave Light Guards, and one of the Sprague Cadets are under medical treatment.

Strolling parties can be seen winding their way over the hills every day, and I am sorry to say that they show a disposition to rob hen coops, &c. Yesterday a Dutchman came into camp with a sorry face, complaining that the soldiers had shot his choice "pigs." He said they had taken all his chickens, but when it come to taking other property he could not stand it. He was paid for his "pig" and assured that all trespassers on his property, when found guilty would be punished.

Two wretches belonging to the 3rd Regiment, from Dayton, committed an outrage upon the person of a farmer's wife a few days ago. They were arrested and put under guard. A report was circulated last night that they were shot, but on investigation I found that the report was not true. They will have a court-martial trial to-day. Doubtless they will be dealt with as they richly deserve.

As yet the soldiers in Camp Dennison are neither supplied with arms or clothing and many are already sadly in need of the latter article, having brought but one suit with them under the impression that they were to receive their clothing in good time - bare footed soldiers are very numerous, their boots and shoes having given out.

There is an eccentric sort of a chap in the Cleveland Zouave Light Guards, by the name of Clark. In front of the lines of the seventh and sixth regiments, is a sugar loaf shaped mound, whose summit is about 200 feet above the surrounding level, one side of which slopes down to the waters of the romantic Little Miami. The summit of the mound is level and contains about three acres. Last evening, while Clark was enjoying the fine breeze and beautiful scenery from the top of the mound, his eyes fell upon a good sized calf grazing not far from him. Slipping up behind his victim, who evidently had no thoughts of an attack from behind, he suddenly seized his calfship by the tail. The frightened animal bounded down the hill at a rapid speed, with Clark flying after, in full view of the whole regiment. Faster and faster the calf went, until on the very brink of the river, when it made a sudden "right wheel," bringing Clark around with a sudden jerk, whereby his hold was broken, and he went lunging into the river! Clark says he has enough of that calf, if that is the way he brings up his "rear."

This morning considerable excitement and feeling was manifested by the companies of several regiments who have been ordered to place all their revolves under the care of their officers.

Sealed orders are said to have been received by the 4th and 11th regiments, last night, but I will not vouch for the correctness of the report.

The following gentlemen were elected officers of the 8th Regiment:
Colonel--H. S. DePuy, Sandusky.
Lieut. Colonel--F. E. Franklin, Tiffin.
Major--H. F. Wilson Elyria

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