Clark County, Ohio

History and Genealogy



Clark County's Civil War Soldiers


From The History of Clark County, Ohio
Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1881


BAND OF THE SECOND BRIGADE, THIRD DIVISION, SIXTH ARMY CORPS


EXPLANATION.
k—Killed in action; p— Prisoner; w—Wounded; pd—promoted; d—Died in service; dd—Deceased; m—Missing.


Leader, Henry C. Hawken.
 
McIntire, Samuel C. dd
Irvin, William H. dd
Christie, R.V.B.
Harrison, William H.
Ailers, August
Worthington, John N.
Cashman, James L.
King, John dd
Daly, James
Dungan, Jahiel dd


This body was one of the standard organizations from Clark County. It was mainly composed of the same men who formed the band of the three months' regiment (Sixteenth Ohio Volunteer Infantry), and, after the war, became what was known as Hawken's Band. In the fall of 1876, the members of this band enlisted in the National Guard of Ohio as musicians, and were thereafter known as the Seventh Regiment Band.

In the early part of March, 1881, the entire outfit of the Seventh Regiment Band, consisting of instruments, uniforms, music and other property was destroyed by fire, and the organization ceased to exist.

From a former member of this band, the following details have been obtained:

"The band, sixteen strong, left Springfield for Columbus on the 23d of November, 1863, in charge of Provost Marshal James Fleming, who was the Sheriff of this county. The party arrived safely, and, with no desertions, it was quartered at the American Hotel for a time. After being mustered into the service, the band was quartered at the Todd Barracks until it could be sent to the brigade. During their stay in Columbus, the members of this body received special attention from Gov. Tod and other high officers, from Columbus to Washington, D.C., and the boys found themselves at the Soldier's Rest in a crowded and uncomfortable condition.

One of the men found an Irishman trying to crowd him out of his place on the floor, and gave him to understand that he was awake, and realized what was going on: 'Am I crowding yees?' says Pat; 'Yes you are,' says the horn-blower. 'I don't care a d—n if I am,' replied the Irishman, who, being the strongest, preserved his position, and there was one less in that bed. At camp distribution, the band found themselves, with two or three hundred others, standing in a drizzling rain, in front of the tent of the commanding officer, who was to assign them to quarters. One of the men, who was nearest the door of the tent, spoke up promptly, 'Where are you going to put us fellers?' 'A-going to put you where we please when we get ready,' was the reply, and he did put them into a lot of old bell tents with plenty of mud, where one or two of the boys began to play for amusement. This brought an officer to the spot, who introduced himself with, 'Why in h—l didn't you tell us you had a band along? and you would have had better quarters.' He then gave them quarters in a house, where they were during the cold New Year's of 1864."

On the 4th of January, 1864, the band joined the brigade at Brandy Station, and were quartered with the 110th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. From this until the close of the war, the band followed the tide of war, and were mustered out upon the disbandment of the volunteer forces.