Holmes County Draft Riots

Holmes County Draft Riots (HMIZG)

Location: Killbuck, OH 44637 Holmes County
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N 40° 29.53', W 82° 5.605'

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On French Ridge in Richland Township, on June 5, 1863, local citizens in defiance of conscription attacked Elias Robinson, an enrolling officer of the Union Army. When Captain James Drake, the provost marshal, imprisoned the ringleaders, armed locals released them. Colonel William Wallace of the 15th Ohio Volunteer Infantry was sent to the scene with a force of 420 soldiers from Camp Chase in Columbus. On June 17, the soldiers approached the fortified camp of nearly one thousand malcontents. After firing upon the soldiers, the "rebels" scattered with only a few captured or wounded. The next morning, local Peace Democrats, led by politician Daniel P. Leadbetter, negotiated a surrender of the ringleaders. More than forty people were indicted for involvement in the rebellion, but only Lorenzo Blanchard, owner of the farm where the camp was located, was found guilty. Once this riot at "Fort Fizzle" ended, resistance to the draft in Holmes County subsided.
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number3-38
Year Placed2003
Placed ByOhio Bicentennial Commission, The Scotts Company-Founded by a Civil War Veteran, and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 8:46pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 407338 N 4482959
Decimal Degrees40.49216667, -82.09341667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 29.53', W 82° 5.605'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 29' 31.80" N, 82° 5' 36.30" W
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Area Code(s)330, 234
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 13005-13047 Co Hwy 6, Killbuck OH 44637, US
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