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2nd Ohio Militia
|Second Militia. — Col., John F. Wiltsee; Lieut.-Col.,
George C. King; Maj., A. C. Horton. On or about Sept. 2, 1862, Maj.-Gen.
Lew Wallace, by order of Maj.-Gen. H. G. Wright, then in command of the
Department of Ohio, assumed command of the cities of Cincinnati, Newport
and Covington and the defenses thereof, then threatened by the
Confederate forces under Gen. Kirby Smith. Martial law was at once
declared and the citizens called upon to turn out en-masse to erect
fortifications and defenses on all the approaches leading to the cities
of Newport and Covington. Gen. Wallace finding himself without any
available military at his command for immediate defense, caused the 2nd
regiment reserve militia which had been organized under the militia law
of the state in July, 1861, to be immediately mustered into the service
of the United States and sent to the front to protect the workmen in the
intrenchments and on the fortifications. It served the government
faithfully during its 30-days' service, being on duty day and night
nearly the entire term of enlistment, rendering most valuable service in
protecting the working parties and doing picket duty in sight of the
enemy. The regiment was mustered out at Cincinnati, April 30, 1865, to
date Oct. 4, 1862.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 2