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“Corning War” Government Telegraph Correspondence 1880

Posted by JRW on February 10, 2011

Corning, Ohio, September 7, 1880. Col. S. B. Smith, A. A. G.:
Miners held meeting! this afternoon;! quietly dispersed. No apprehension of further danger. Sheriff here. Lemert can and will hold the fort.
H. A. Axline.

Corning, Ohio, September 18, 1880. To Adjutant-General:
Have called on Sheriff. Miners prepared to march on mine, several hundred strong. Just got notice eight hundred from Nelsonville coming from Shawnee.
W. C. Lemert.

Corning, Ohio, September 18, 1880. Adjutant- General:
Sheriff is at Somerset; may cause delay to wait for his notice. Could you order New Lexington Company and Sheriff cover action with order soon as he is reached? Miners gathering in large forces.
W. C. Lemert.

Corning, Ohio, September 18, 1880. To Adjutant-General:
A strong force menaces us. The Sheriff is from home. Think you should take notice of it without the Sheriff interference.
W. C. Lemert.

Corning, Ohio, September 18, 1880. To Governor Charles Foster:
Near one thousand now gathered from Nelsonville, Shawnee and elsewhere; more coming rapidly. Need prompt action for protection.
W. C. Lemert.
Adjutant-general’s Office, Columbus, Ohio, September 18, 1880. To  Col W. C. Lemerl, Coming, Ohio:
Governor absent. Can not act without legal call. Let Sheriff or Deputy call out troops. Have ordered New Lexington Company to assemble, and be ready to answer call. .
S. B. Smith, A. A. G.

Adjutant-general’s Office, Columbus, Ohio, September 18, 1880. Capt. T. J. Smith, New Lexington, Ohio: *
Assemble your company, and hold it ready to answer call of Sheriff.
By order of Governor.
S. B. Smith, A. A. G.

Corning, Ohio, September 19, 1880. Wm. H. Gibson, Adjutant-General:
I am here with my command—thirty-nine men—but not enough to prevent violence to persons and property; think two additional companies should be sent immediately- T. J. Smith,
Capt. Co. “A,” ISth 0. N. G.
Corning, Ohio, September 19, 1880. To Governor Charles Foster:
I have the New Lexington Company here, but not sufficient force to protect persons and property. Please send two more companies immediately.
Henry Martin, Sheriff Perry County.

Adjutant-general’s Office, Columbus, Ohio, September 19, 1880. To Henry Martin, Sheriff of Perry Conuty:
Will order two companies to report to you forthwith.
S. B. Smith, A. A. G.

Corning, 0., September 19, 1880. To Adjutant-General:
Have asked Governor for aid. Have .New Lexington Company here, but not sufficient force. Expect an attack.
Henry Martin, Sheriff.

General Head-quarters State Of Ohio,
Adjutant-general’s Office,
Columbus, 0., September 19, 1880.
Special Orders (No. 664. j

You will immediately detail two companies of the 14th Eegiment Infantry, O.N.G., to report forthwith at Union Depot to proceed to Corning. Companies will be fully supplied with ammunition, and camp and garrison equipage, and the senior officer with the command will contract for subsistence. The Ohio Central Railroad Company will furnish transportation. Upon arrival at Corning the commanding officer will report for orders to Henry Martin, Sheriff of Perry county.
By order of Governor.
S. B. Smith,

Ass’t. Adft-Geril. To Col. George D. Freeman, Uth Infly Vols. Corning, 0., September 19, 1880. To S. B. Smith:
Send all the men you can on that train. Probably two hundred came in last half-hour. Their forces are strong. AY.
C. Lemert.

Corning, 0., September 19, 1880. To S. B. Smith:
During the exchange of shots, between soldiers and miners, three of the miners were wounded; none of our men hurt.
W. C. Lemert.

Corning, 0., September 19, 1880. To Colonel Smith, Asst. Adft-Gen’l:
Arrived 0. K. Quiet now. Fighting this afternoon. Men all on guard. Anticipate no trouble to-night. Will telegraph you the situation at midnight, and at six in morning.
George D. Freeman.


Corning, 0.,
September 19, 1880. To Colonel Smith:
Co. “B” is on duty at Corning. All quiet. “1” and “F” at Rend. I am now going up there to see how things are there. New Lexington Company are relieved for the night. George D. Freeman,
Colonel Fourteenth.

Corning, 0., September 20, 1880. To Colonel S. B. Smith, Asst. Adft-Gen’l:
Everything quiet last night, and all quiet this morning.
Col. George D. Freeman.

Corning, 0., September 20, 1880. To Col. S. B. Smith:
Miners are holding meeting at tan-yard. Have notified Col. Lemert, will see us this afternoon.
George D. Freeman.

Corning, 0., September 20, 1880. To Col. S. B. Smith, Asst. Adft-Gen’l:
Information of the most reliable nature has been received here, that no work will be done here, or in the Shawnee, Straitsville or Nelsonville valleys, till the matter is settled. No work there to-day. We can look out.
George D. Freeman,
Col. Commanding.

Corning, 0., September 20, 1880. Colonel S. B. Smith, A. A. G.:
All is quiet to-night. We have full picket and patrol-guards out. Capt. Ammel arrived all right at six thirty P.M. I am writing particulars.
George D. Freeman, Col. Comd

Corning, 0., September 21, 1880. To Colonel S. B. Smith😐All quiet at this hour. No trouble looked for. Mines well guarded and picketed. Will report personally to-morrow, unless trouble develops.
H. A. Axline.

Corning, 0., September 21, 1880. To Colonel Smith:
Everything quiet now. Firing once this evening on picket line. Pickets well posted, and will do duty to-night.
Freeman, Col. Comd

Corning, 0., September 22, 1880. To Colonel Smith:
All quiet at half-past two. Have ordered Co. “B” to this place. Will report by letter in morning.
Freeman, Col. Comd  71 2E. D.
Adjutant-general’s Office, Columbus, O., September 22,1880. To Henry Martin, Slieriff of Perry County, New Lexington, 0.:
The Governor will relieve troops at Corning, when notified by you that they are not required to protect persons and property.
S. B. Smith, A. A. G.

Corning, 0., September 23,1880. To Hon. CJiarles Foster, Governor:
I don’t think we need so many troops here. Will you return Captain Smith’s company, of New Lexington, Ohio?
Henry Martin, Sheriff of Perry County.

Corning,- 0., September 23,1880. To S. B. Smith, A. A. G.:
I think you can remove a portion of the troops from Rendville. Every thing quiet now. Say one company—the company from New Lexington.
Henry Martin, Sheriff” Perry County.

General Head-quarters, State Of Ohio, Special Orders,] Adjutant-general’s Office, No. 165, j • Columbus, O., September 23,1880.
At the request of the Sheriff of Perry county, company ” C,” 17th regiment, infantry, 0. N. G., is hereby relieved from duty at Corning, in said county. The commanding officer of said company will conduct his command to New Lexington, as soon as transportation can be procured.
By order of Governor. Sam’l B. Smith,
Ass’t Adft-Gen’L To Capt. T. J. Smith, company ” C” 17th Infantry, 0.N. G.
Adjutant-general’s Office, Columbus, 0., September 23, 1880. Henry Martin, Sheriff, Corning, 0.:
Sent order relieving New Lexington company by train to-day.
S. B. Smith, A. A. G.


Corning, 0., September 23, 1880. To ColonelS. B. Smith:
The situation is such that I think best to remain here to-morrow.
George D. Freeman.


Adjutant-general’s Office, Columbus, 0.,
September 25,1880. To Henry Martin, Sheriff Perry County, New Lexington, or Corning, 0.:
Can Colonel Freeman’s command be safely withdrawn to-morrow afternoon? Answer.
S. B. Smith, A. A. G.

Adjutant-general’s Office, Columbus, 0., September 25,1880. Captain Homer C. Burch, Hebron, 0.:
Be prepared to take train at 9 A. M., Sunday, with your company. JReport at Corning, to Colonel Freeman, and relieve his command. Ammunition will be provided at Corning.
By order of Governor. S. B. Smith, A. A. G.

General Head-quarters, State Of Ohio, Special Orders,! Adjutant-general’s Office. No 166. j Columbus, 0., September 25, 1880.
Captain Homer C. Burch, with his command, company ” K,” 17th regiment of infantry, Ohio National Guard, is hereby ordered to proceed forthwith to Corning, Perry county, Ohio, to relieve from duty Colonel George D. Freeman, and companies “A,” ” B,” and “F,” 14th regiment of infantry, 0. N. G. Captain Burch will report for orders and instructions to Henry Martin, Sheriff of Perry county, and will continue with his command on duty in said county, until further orders.
By order of the Governor. Sam’l B. Smith,

Ass’t Adft-Gen’l.General Head-quarters, State Of Ohio, Special Orders,^) Adjutant-general’s Office, No. 167. j Columbus, 0., September 25, 1880.
Colonel George D. Freeman, and companies “A,” “B,” and “F,” 14th regiment, infantry, 0. N. G., will be relieved from duty at Corning upon the arrival at said place of Captain Homer C. Burch, with company “K,” 17th regiment, infantry, 0. N. G., as soon as practicable thereafter. Colonel Freeman, with his said command, will return to Columbus, when said companies will be dismissed until further orders. Colonel Freeman, upon being so relieved from duty, will turn over to Captain Burch such orders as he has received, and also such ammunition and quarter-master’s stores belonging to the State, as he may have in his possession.
By order of the Governor. Sam’l B. Smith,

Ass’t Adft-Gen’l. Corning, 0., October 2,1880. To Colonel Smith, Ass’t Ad11-General:
I believe Captain Burch’s company may be safely removed. They have performed their duties like veterans.
W. C. Lemert.

AD.iUtaNt-general’s Office, -…-. Columbus, 0., October 3, 1880. To Captain H. C. Surch, Corning, 0.:
Company relieved from duty. Return to Hebron soon as transportation can be procured. Ship tents and blankets to Superintendent of State Arsenal.

By order of Governor. S. B. Smith, A. A. G.

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