Near Fort Fizzle in Holmes County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Holmes County Draft Riots
On French Ridge in Richland Township, on June 5, 1863, local citizens in defiance of conscription attacked Elias Robinson, an enrolling officer of the Union Army. When Captain James Drake, the provost marshal, imprisoned the ringleaders, armed locals released them. Colonel William Wallace of the 15th Ohio Volunteer Infantry was sent to the scene with a force of 420 soldiers from Camp Chase in Columbus. On June 17, the soldiers approached the fortified camp of nearly one thousand malcontents. After firing upon the soldiers, the "rebels" scattered with only a few captured or wounded. The next morning, local Peace Democrats, led by politician Daniel P. Leadbetter, negotiated a surrender of the ringleaders. More than forty people were indicted for involvement in the rebellion, but only Lorenzo Blanchard, owner of the farm where the camp was located, was found guilty. Once this riot at "Fort Fizzle" ended, resistance to the draft in Holmes County subsided.
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Scotts Company-Founded by a Civil War Veteran, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 3-38.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. Click for map. Marker is about six miles west of Killbuck. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12943 County Road 6, Killbuck OH 44637, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. VFW Post 7079 POW/MIA Memorial (approx. 5.7 miles away); Greenville Treaty Line (approx. 7.4 miles away); Holmes County Veterans Memorial (approx. 10.2 miles away); Greene Ville Treaty Line (approx. 10.6 miles away); Scout Headquarters (approx. 11.8 miles away); Colonel William Simmons (approx. 11.8 miles away); Charles Franklin Kettering (approx. 12.3 miles away); Franklin J. Fischer Addition (approx. 12.4 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Fort Fizzle. (Submitted on March 11, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Conscription Act. (Submitted on March 11, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Civil Rights • Forts, Castles • Military • Notable Events • Politics • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,634 times since then and 109 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.