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16th Ohio Volunteer Infantry
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Thursday, September 25, 1862

On this day, the 16th Ohio with DeCourcey's and Spears' brigades camped and rested at Hazel Green, arriving there at 9:00pm the night before. Originally assigned as rear guard to Baird's and Carter's brigades, they had passed them using an alternate route and now waited to meet them in Hazel Green. The other brigades arrived there about noon, on this day, and the whole Division, reunited in a pleasant spot, rested until the following morning. Pvt. Frank Mason, 42nd Ohio, describes the scene in Hazel Green:

Hazel Green was a hotbed of secession, there being but five Union men in the country. The Federal troops gave the shiftless inhabitants a novel entertainment by raising the stars and stipes on a hickory pole that stood in the main street, and the band played patriotic airs, which, being neither appreciated nor understood, fell on stony ground.

* Some information and italicized text, above, taken from The Forty-Second Ohio Infantry - A History of the Organization and Services of That Regiment In the War of the Rebellion, 1876 - F. H. Mason, late Private of Company A - Cobb, Andrews & Co., Publishers.

Below is a photo of Hazel Green, Kentucky, believed to have been taken about 1890, about 28 years after Gen. Morgan's retreating and weary troops camped and rested in the pleasant meadows around the town, on September 25, 1862. Thanks to John Gillispie for documenting the history of this beautiful, idyllic little town.

Hazel Green, Kentcuky circa 1890
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