• Ohio 44th Inquires Whether Newberg Seceded From Ariana County

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    JOSEPH H. CORBIN enlisted as a private on September 20, 1861, five months after the Civil War began.  He mustered into G Co. Ohio 44th Infantry and was later transferred to the Ohio 8th Infantry.  The regiment was active in the Battles Of Lewisburg and Cumberland Gap, Siege of Knoxville and Sanders’ Knoxville Road. Corbin was later promoted to corporal.

    Corbin was mustered out on July 30, 1865, at Clarksburg, W.VA.  During his enlistment, Corbin was promoted to corporal.


    2 ¼ pp, 4 x 6, Frankfort, KY, Jan, 18th, 1863. Joseph writes to his brother Albert. “...I suppose you have not heard from me since we have come to Frankfort. We came here the seventh of January. We camped about two miles the east side of town in a very nice place in a small strip of woods fronting Frankfort and Versailles Turnpike...


    “We have no picket guard here to perform only provost and Regimental and that only takes from three to give guards from each company. We are in the second brigade formed by the 66th, 100, 103, 106 Regts Vols. Col. Gilbert is commander of the troops here and the Col of the 103d Regt, commander of our brigade...I would like very much to hear from Dave to know whether he has been in that fighting at Murfreesboro...Let me know if Newberg seceded from Ariana County and how many democratic recruits Jeff Davis has. I suppose he will get enough recruits in the Northern states to make his army as large as ours...”  Toning, folds. Cover included.


    [In September 1862, the Confederate States of America took control of Frankfort. Frankfort is the only Union capital to have been conquered by Confederate forces, although Kentucky did not secede from the Union.  Military fortifications were built on the hill by the 103rd Ohio Infantry.]

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