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Title: Military Service of Warren County
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To know of the patriotism of a people one must needs read the history of their actions and devotion in time of war, and not judge by the display make in times of peace, for such is ofttimes shallow sentiment and not always bravery or loyalty to the flag. The shot and shell of the enemy is what tries the temper of one's patriotism. The territory now known as Warren county possibly had no men among its pioneer band who fought in the Revolutionary war, but since then it has taken a hand in quelling every other strife when war clouds appeared in the horizon of the nation. The war of 1812-14, with England; 1846-7, with Mexico; the Civil war, 1861-65-, and the late Spanish-American war of 1889, have all had soldiers from Warren county.

Before the Civil war, the opening gun of which was heard at Fort Sumter April 12, 1861, the old militia system obtained in this county. It had done good service in all the Indian border wars, but after the final retirement of the red men and when the whites had become well established, there was but little use for "training days"-for fife and drum and all that used to be of service to train men for the defense of their homes. Yet there were many places in Indiana that still kept up the militia parades and held their organizations together. In the fifties arms were secured from the government of the state. A company of younger men filled the ranks of home commands, which were assembled at state times, more for exercise, frolic and fun than for military training or fighting. Among such companies was one known as the Milford Blues, organized in July, 1856, with officers: Elihu A. Saunders, captin; J. A. Heigh, first lieutenant; A. J. Ryan, second lieutenant; B. F. Magee, ensign.

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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001315
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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