In several of its weekly issues of January 1864, the Western Reserve Chronicle has reported the re-enlistment of local soldiers who were recruited more than two years ago. The infantrymen of the 7th, 19th, and 41st regiments have re-enlisted, en masse, and have earned the designation "veteran soldiers." Trumbull County has one company in the 7th, and the 41st, and two in the 19th. The 25th Light Artillery Battery, composed of men detached from the 2nd Ohio Calvary, has also become a "veteran battery."
The Western Reserve Chronicle of this date 150 ago made the following editorial comment entitled, "The Veteran Soldiers at Home":
"All the soldiers who have re-enlisted as veterans are allowed a furlough of 30 days, and thus have an opportunity to visit, for a short time, the homes they love so well, and which they have fought so bravely to defend. Every train coming here within the last two weeks, has brought more or less of these brave fellows, and though they undoubtedly have received a warm welcome from wives, parents, sisters, brothers, children and friends, still they have not received any public welcome, nor any public acknowledgment of the services they had rendered, and of the debt which all loyal men, women, and children feel is due them.
"These men certainly deserve, from those who stay at home, something more than good wishes. They should have such a public ovation as will give evidence that their toils, sufferings, and exposure, endured in our behalf, are appreciated. Undaunted by dangers, tho' upon their right hands and their left, their comrades have fallen, though disease and the sward have thinned their ranks, regiments have been reduced to companies, and companies to squads, though privations, toils, hardships, exposures to elements, to cold and hunger, have been their lot, yet with unflinching bravery, and unfailing patriotism, the companies that went from Trumbull County, have, almost to a man, re-enlisted.
"Every man is a hero; every man could tell true tales, which would thrill the hearers' hearts. We who dwell quietly and in safety in our peaceful homes, have no conception of the suffering which these men have undergone uncomplainingly, and of which they never speak, unsolicited. We urge our readers to ask themselves the question, 'Do no such men deserve from the loyal men and women of Trumbull County, a public acknowledgment of such service?'"
Another viewpoint of veterans soldiers' service comes from Dr. M. C. Woodworth, whose account of the Trumbull Guards was published last month. Dr. Woodworth again wrote the editor of the Chronicle from his journey further south to Tennessee:
Re-enactor to portray Douglass in Warren
Michael Crutcher will portray Civil War-era African-American statesman and social reformer Frederick Douglass on Feb. 22 in Warren.
From 10 a.m. to noon, he will be available for a meet-and-greet at the Warren-Trumbull County Library, Thomas Meeting Room. Refreshments will be provided. At 2 p.m., Crutcher will portray Frederick Douglas at the Trumbull County Courthouse in Common Pleas Judge Andrew Logan's courtroom - the largest in the state of Ohio. At the end of his portrayal, he is available to answer questions.
Douglass spoke in Warren in 1847 and again at the Warren City Building on March 1, 1876.
The event is sponsored by the CW 150 Committee of the Sutliff Museum, Trumbull County.
January 27, 1864
"Editor, Chronicle: The weather has been very fine for the past week in Nashville. The streets in some parts of the city have been quite dusty; being a condition of roads that I never before witnessed in the month of January; and I presume now, that in Old Trumbull the dust is not oppressive. The condition of affairs here are about as usual; everything has to give way for the military. Almost every one I meet is loyal; even those ladies who took pride on every occasion in expressing their sympathy with the rebel cause, and insulted our soldiers in every possible manner, when this city was first occupied by Union troops, have taken the oath and pass for good loyal citizens. With few exceptions, Nashville, to all appearances, is one of the most loyal cities in the country.
Four ladies started from this town on Monday last for Dixie, having been, as I understand, advised to do so by their friends, to evade punishment for disloyal language, after having taken the oath of allegiance.
"The 19th Ohio have just reached town en route for home, and are to leave here tomorrow morning. All the Warren boys were looking well, although jaded down by severe labor and exposure; not differing in this respect from all other troops from the front.
"I have just had an interview with Col. Henry G. Stratton and Capt. Correl Smith. They both look fine, and are in good spirits. They are highly esteemed in their command as gallant and brave officers, as are also Capt. Oscar Miller and lieutenants Homer Reed and John Culbertson. Trumbull County needs be proud that she is represented by such men for officers, and no less true men in the ranks of the gallant 19th O.V.I. that has always stood by their colors, and been excelled by no command on the battlefield amid the clash of contending arms in acts of real bravery and efficient service in its country's struggle for perpetuity. May these truly time tried veterans meet a welcome reception at home, and have a good time generally.
"The 2nd O.V.I. Cavalry passed through this city on Monday last, all in good spirits, expecting to have a good time for 30 days at home. Surgeon J. F. Smith of this regiment has been quite sick of diphtheria, but is so much better now that he intends to start for home tomorrow morning, on the Hospital Train. He is spoken of by his command as being one of the most efficient medical officers in the service."
"There are now, 3772 white, and 426 Negro patients in the U.S. General Hospital at this post. Nearly half the number reported are ready to join their commands.
"The general health of troops in this vicinity is excellent. We have a few cases of smallpox at the Post Hospital. Outside it has nearly subsided. Last week, the provost marshal administered the oath of allegiance to 95 rebel prisoners, and forwarded 229 north. There are 95 political prisoners at the penitentiary, and 12 prisoners of war. There seems to be a general impression in the army, as well as outside, that the Confederacy is soon to be among the things that were.
"Yesterday I saw a full company of deserters from the rebel line who had found their rights and escaped from Bragg's army, mustered into the U.S. service. They seemed to understand that if the enemy caught them again, their re-enlistment in the rebel line might elevate them without giving them any advantage of rank, and the disadvantage of being too short to take advantage of an elevated position. These men will fight desperately, as capture is sure death to them. Several of them said they would never fall into the enemies' hands alive.
"On Monday night last, Gov. Andrew Johnson [of Tennessee], Joseph S. Fowler, and S. C. Mercier were appointed a committee to select delegates to attend the Free Southern State Convention, to be held at Louisville, Ky., on the 22nd of February next."
Yours, M. C. Woodworth