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Warren County Local History by Dallas Bogan

Clear Creek Twp.Participants In The Civil War

Dallas Bogan on 13 August 2004
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JOHN ANDREW ALEXANDER was the son of Philip and Lydia Ann, daughter of Philip and Mary Walter Snyder Alexander. Through this marriage ten children were born. John A.'s paternal grandfather was Philip Alexander, whose father was a pioneer in the Clear Creek area, having settled here in 1798, one of the first settlers in Warren County.
The elder Andrew Alexander was a soldier with Daniel Boone in the struggle against the Indians. John A. was a soldier in the late Rebellion. He enlisted in the 35th O.V.I., in 1861. He served over a year and was discharged because of sickness, but subsequently returned and did Government service on bridges for two years.

SAMUEL SNYDER ALEXANDER was a brother of John Andrew Alexander. He enlisted in 1862, in the 2nd O.V.H.A., and served through the war, and received an honorable discharge Aug. 23, 1865.

CHRISTOPHER FRY was born near Springboro, June 20, 1834. He was the son of J. Philip and Catharine Blin Fry, he a native of Virginia and she of Warren Co., Ohio.
Philip, the father of our subject, was a single man about 22 years of age, when he moved here with his father Henry Joseph Fry in 1816. Christopher was one of seven children. He resided with his father until the outbreak of the war.
He enlisted Aug. 20, 1862, in the 79th O.V.I., and served through the war; received his honorable discharge at Washington June 10, 1865; he served in the 20th Army Corp in the Cumberland Army, under Joe Hooker; was in the battles of Resaca, Peach Tree Creek, Middlebury, N.C. and others. He escaped without so much as a scratch, and enjoyed good health throughout the service.

GEORGE W. GREGG was born Dec. 10, 1843. He was the son of William and Susannah, daughter of Mordecai and Catharine Evans Millard Gregg, who were natives of Pennsylvania. They were married Dec. 12, 1822.
Our subject enlisted in Company C, 146th Reg., O.N.G. He was killed July 10, 1864 at Fayetteville, W. Va., and was buried there.

WILLIAM HARRISON GREGG was born Nov. 14, 1840. He was the brother of George W. Gregg. William H. served in Company A, 79th O.V.I. He was killed near Atlanta, Ga., Oct. 10, 1864, by the guerrillas, while carrying dispatches from Col. Smith at Chattahoochee River Railroad bridge, to Col. Dustin at Atlanta; his body was found twice pierced by bullets; there were also two bayonet thrusts in the breast; it was thought, judging from the character of the wounds that he received, that he was bayoneted after he had fallen; either of the gunshot wounds, or both, might not have proven fatal. He was buried on a high hill within the fortification of the river. The remains of both these soldiers were brought home and interred in the family burial ground at Springboro.

NAPOLEON JOHNSON was born in Dinwiddie Co., Va., April 16, 1820; he was the son of Embra and Polly Johnson, natives of Virginia. The grandfather was Thomas Johnson also believed to be a native of Virginia, and lived and died there under the bonds of slavery. The maternal grandparents were Stephen and Judy Mathus, he a native of Spain and she of the Cherokee Tribe of Indians. They both lived and died as slaves in Virginia. Napoleon, our subject, was raised and kept in slavery until 1847, when he and thirty- nine others were set free.
In Nov., 1848, Mr. Johnson came to Springboro, Warren County, Ohio. On Feb. 14, 1849, he married Mrs. Celia Anderson.
Mr. Johnson enlisted in Co. G, 16th United States Colored Volunteer Infantry on Jan. 19, 1865. He was discharged January, 1866.

LEWIS MUNGER was the son of Jonathon and Hannah Taylor Munger who were married Jan 6, 1838. He was one of five children.
Lewis enlisted as a private in California in the 2nd Mass. Cavalry, it being thus designated between the Governor of Massachusetts and the California authorities; he served faithfully in the Cavalry until his death at the Battle of Five Forks, Va.; there while reconnoitering, his horse came running into camp with the saddle turned, and as he was never heard or seen of afterward, it was quite certain he was killed by the rebels. Lewis, at the time of his death was in command of his company.

MILO MUNGER was the brother of Lewis Munger. Milo enlisted in the 79th O.V.I., in which he served until his death in the hospital at Gallatin, Tenn., Dec 18, 1862, aged 19 years and 6 days.

ROBERT W. PLUNKETT was the son of James and Margaret McMullen Plunkett. Robert was one of twelve children by this marriage. He was the nephew of John and Mary Hopkins, the grandson of Thomas and Mary Smith Plunkett.
Robert W. was raised and grew to manhood in Virginia, and, in the late War of the Rebellion, served as a soldier until, in 1864, he received a wound in his right arm, which shattered it so badly that he could do no more service and he received his discharge.

GRANVILLE W. STOKES was born Sept. 23, 1810. He was the son of William and Hannah Hatcher Stokes, who were married April 8, 1798. Both were from Burlington Co., N.J. Granville W. married Jane Robinson. They had eight children.
Our subject studied law with Thomas Corwin and Phineas Ross, and graduated from the Cincinnati Law School and was admitted to the bar March 2, 1839; he was Clerk of the Commons Pleas Court for five years. He held other political positions in the State and County during his life.
He retired to his farm, but, on the breaking out of the war, though a Democrat, he vigorously supported the administration by stirring recruiting speeches. He had been, previous to the Rebellion, commissioned by the Governor of Ohio as Brigadier General in the militia for Southern Ohio, but for a disabled limb, did not enter the service.

W.B. THACKER was born in Clermont Co., Ohio, Jan 5, 1838; was a son of William and Hester Beaty Thacker. The grandfather was Townsend Thacker, who in 1815, with his family and two or three other families, emigrated from Essex Co., N.Y., to Ohio. They came via Buffalo to Pittsburgh, and there purchased a flatboat on which to descend the Ohio to Cincinnati. Our subject's father, at the age of 18, came overland with his brother, through almost unbroken wilderness.
W.B. Thacker was one of twelve children, through two different marriages.
In 1861, our subject enlisted in Company C, 2nd O.V.I., and served three years and three months in the 1st Division, 14th Army Corps, and participated in most of the battles in which that division was engaged; he was severely wounded at the Battle of Chickamauga, but returned to duty and was mustered out with the regiment at Columbus, Ohio, Oct. 10, 1864.
In 1865, he was married to Miss Callie Lackey.

JONATHON M. WRIGHT M.D. was born in Springboro, Nov. 5, 1843; was a son of Mahlon and Phoebe Bailey Wright, he a native of Pennsylvania and she of Maryland. Mr. Mahlon Wright came to Warren County about 1814. During the administration of Andrew Jackson, he was appointed Postmaster.
Dr. Wright, our subject, attended Antioch College at the age of 15.
He enlisted in the War of the Rebellion in August, 1862, at the age of 17. He served in Company A, 79th O.V.I., and served through the war and received his honorable discharge in June, 1865.
On April 9, 1871, the Doctor was united in marriage to Miss Ann Ella, daughter of Aaron and Mary Jane Vaughn Gregg.

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