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By Mount Vernon News
April 17, 2013 10:22 am EDT


Two short items ran in the March 28, 1863, Democratic Banner about an incident in Noble County:


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“It is reported in the Cincinnati papers that on Sunday, March 22, ‘the army of occupation’ in Noble County was still at Hoskinsville. Some 30 persons had been captured. At noon on Sunday the forces set out for Sharon, a village in the same county, about 12 miles southwest of Hoskinsville, where it was expected more captures would be made. It is said the parties arrested will be sent to Cincinnati for trial. Some of the prisoners are kept in close confinement. — Statesman.”

In the next column was this item: “We rejoice to state that the misguided men who sought to resist the United States authorities in the capture of deserters in Noble County, Ohio, have dispersed, and that no further trouble is apprehended in the enforcement of legal processes in that county. — Cin. Enq.”

The incident in Noble County apparently arose from a provost being sent to Sharon to apprehend a deserter from the 78th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Resistance occurred and two companies of soldiers were sent to arrest the deserter and those protecting him, but the protesters scattered before the troops arrived. They went through the area, making arrests, and a number went on trial. Nine pleaded guilty and three others were convicted of various charges, but the persons who supposedly wrote a letter urging the soldier to desert and the soldier, were not caught.

Opposition to the draft was mentioned in accounts, but did not seem to be a major reason for the incident.

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