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MAY 2006


Mayor Homer Everett, Fremont Ohio, Memorandum: Victory at Gettysburg

Mayor Homer Everett, Fremont, Ohio, Memorandum: Vicotry at Gettysburg

The recent acquisition of a memorandum book kept during the Civil War by Fremont, Ohio Mayor Homer Everett provides a glimpse into life on the Ohio homefront during the conflict. Below is the typed transcription of Everett's firsthand account of Fremont residents' reaction to the victory at Gettysburg.

At about 1 or 1/2 past one PM today the Firebell was rung with great violence, news came that the Union forces under Genl Mead had triumphed over the army of the Rebel General Lee, and they were in full retreat pressured by Genl Couch and Sigel, soon all the Church bells joined in the joyous demonstration and firing of Cannon ringing of Bells and shouting was continued till near four oclock PM.

At 6 1/2 soon after the demonstration broke out anew, the news came, that the former report was true, and that the people of Pensylvania [sp} had turned out gun in hand and were helping to drive the rebels out, shooting them as the[y] passed and wherever the[y] could be found. The Band of Music followed by a long line of rejoicing citizens, amongst whom were Doctor Rawson, Chas O. Tillotson, H W Winslow Pros. Atty. They marchared [sp] up Pike street, under the Stripes and stars. - proceeded by the band playing patriotic airs cheered at Doctor Rawson's residence, marched into my lawn to the front where I was sitting under the oak tree, and called on me for remarks, after which gave cheers, played Yankee doodle and marched out through the west gate. At dark an immense bonfire of pine boxes was lighted and, the joyous demonstrations were kept up until 9 oclock. I wished they had postponed the demonstration until monday, but really could not refrain from rejoicing myself although I did not leave my own premises to do so. ___
Homer Everett