This Day in Dayton, 23 April
As the Civil War began, war meetings were soon underway around the county. On Tuesday, April 23, 1861, the following appeared in the “Courier”:
Sheffield wide awake.
The loyal citizens of Sheffield township held a war meeting at Dayton yesterday and after adopting a series of patriotic resolutions, I. N. Stiles made an eloquent speech, and rightly concluding that the time for action was at hand, proceeded to enroll a company for immediate service. The young men responded gallantly and a company will be ready to march in a few days. Samuel Favorite, S. K. Seawright, Dr. Bush, Lewis Dryer, and other prominent citizens enrolled themselves in the corps de reserve.