From the Western Reserve Chronicle:
Chronicle printers in the war
''The Western Reserve Chronicle reported that Mr. George B. Brown, formerly of Warren and currently of Nashville, called at the Chronicle office last week on Thursday. Mr. Brown learned the printers' trade at the Chronicle some 17 years ago. He was for some years connected with the Nashville Whig newspaper, but for the last four or five years has been a merchant.
"When the Federal troops took possession of Nashville, nearly all of the publishers of the different newspapers left in somewhat of a hurry. Mr. Brown, being an energetic, enterprising man, assumed the editorial charge of the Nashville Patriot, and with a force of printers jointly commenced its publication, keeping as far as possible a neutral course.
"As the paper was well managed, it was greatly sought after by both Unionists and Secessionists, and Brown and his associates were making a good thing by its publication, when Gov. Andrew Jackson sent for Mr. Brown and told him it must be discontinued. (NOTE: In March 1862, President Abraham Lincoln appointed Andrew Johnson as military governor of Tennessee with instructions that Federal authority be reestablished in Tennessee. Johnson would serve in this capacity for three years).
"Mr. Brown replied that he was willing that every word should be submitted for his (Johnson's) censorship before being published, if he desired it, but that it was most profitable to publish a neutral paper. Governor Johnson answered that 'neutral papers were like masked batteries' and it must be discontinued, and thereupon the Patriot deceased.
"Mr. Brown says the business is slowly reviving in Nashville, but that many of the business houses are still closed, and that great annoyance is caused by the circulation of confederate script, which is greatly depreciated."
Chronicle printers in the Union army
"Among the gallant young men who left Warren in obedience to the call for volunteers, and who now form a part of the 84th Infantry Regiment at this time, are two printers of this office. They are W.H. Woodrow and R.P. Leisenring. The regiment is now located in the vicinity of Cumberland, Md. That they will do their duty, and their whole duty, as soldiers, we have no fears. They have done this as printers, and they will do no less in their new calling.
"The number of young men who have been connected with this office, and who went into the service of their country, is 10. Two, Joseph Bough and W.I. Clark, have sealed their devotion to the cause with their lives.
"Lt. Walter B. King, George Hurlbut and Henry Musser are in the 14th Ohio Light Artillery Battery and were in the thickest of the fight at Pittsburg Landing (Shiloh).
"James Merrill is in Company H, 7th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Joseph Milligan belongs to the 19th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
"W.H. Elwell is now at St. Augustine, Fla., belonging to a party of men sent there by the government to erect a steam saw mill for government use.''
Compiled by members of the CW150 Committee of Warren's Sutliff Museum.