Old Soldiers

These four men were residents of Knox County, Ohio when the Civil War started. They enlisted together at Camp Andrews (near Mount Vernon, Ohio) in late 1861. They mustered out together on July 13, 1865. From left:

EDWIN LYBARGER
enlisted Nov. 25, 1861 at age 21

JAMES DIAL
enlisted Nov. 4, 1861 at age 26

FRANCIS LOGSDON
enlisted Nov. 1, 1861 at age 20

LEO BLUBAUGH
enlisted Dec. 12, 1861 at age 18

They enlisted together in a Knox County company being raised by William Walker, who served as company captain until spring 1862. Company K joined the 43rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry and left Ohio in Feb. 1862. With 3 other Ohio regiments, they formed the “Ohio Brigade,” commanded by Col. John Fuller. They served for the duration of the war. 

Cat in box stole his heart

In 1909, my great-grandfather Edwin Lewis Lybarger and his wife Nancy Moore Lybarger traveled from Warsaw to Newark, Ohio for the GAR Encampment of Civil War veterans. They stayed with Uriah Brillhart and his wife Ida Severn Brillhart. The Brillhart family had lived in Spring Mountain, and Uriah would have been a young boy when Edwin returned in 1865 at the end of the war.

Among his papers, Edwin kept this old newspaper clipping:

Article in Ohio newspaper, 1909Capt. E. L. Lybarger at last is the possessor of a pretty little maltese kitten. For several years the Captain has been the lover of beautiful cats but could not keep them in his possession. He has bought them, had them given to him by the dozens but something happened to each of them, they either died or strayed away to some other place.

Capt. Lybarger was attending the G.A.R. encampment at Newark, Ohio this week and one day he was visiting at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Uriah Brillhart. The Brillharts owned a little maltese kitten which as soon as was seen by the captain captivated his heart. The Captain told Mr. Brillhart of his luck with cats and said that if he had any way of taking the kitten home with him that he would steal it. The conversation was then turned to other topics and the subject was dropped.

Maltese kittenWhen the Capt. and Mrs. Lybarger were getting aboard their train for home Friday, Mr. Brillhart handed the general a small box saying that it was a souvenir of the encampment. After the train pulled out the box was opened and there snuggled up within the box was the baby cat.

The captain carried the kitten home with him and it is now drinking milk and eating strawberry short cake.