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Okeana in Butler County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

1858 Morgan Township House / Copperheadism in Butler County

 
 
1858 Morgan Township House Marker (Side A) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 3, 2009
1. 1858 Morgan Township House Marker (Side A)
Inscription.
Side A:
1858 Morgan Township House
On April 20, 1857, the trustees of Morgan Township met in Okeana to obtain a lot for the township house. From a quarter mill tax levy, $850 was budgeted for a house and lot. Money expended on the project included $50 for the lot, $650 for the construction of the building, $41 for fencing, $12.60 for twelve chairs, and $10.25 for a table. Since its completion in 1858, this meeting house has been used for trustee meetings, a voting precinct, village singing schools and concerts, public school, bank, and township garage. The trustees moved to a new building across the street in 1972 and into their Chapel Road complex in 2000.

Side B:
Copperheadism in Butler County
By the early summer of 1863, many Ohioans had become dissatisfied with what seemed a protracted Civil War. They opposed the administration of President Abraham Lincoln and the policy of a national military draft and were alarmed by what they saw as an invasion of their civil liberties. This was in part fueled by the arrest of Clement Vallandigham, future Democratic candidate for Governor, for publicly criticizing the war. He was convicted of sedition by a military commission and exiled by the President. On July 17, 1863, those unfriendly to the Civil War (Copperheads) from Morgan, Ross, Reily, and Hanover
Copperheadism in Butler County Marker (Side B) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 3, 2009
2. Copperheadism in Butler County Marker (Side B)
townships met at the Morgan Township House to organize the Butler County Mutual Protection Company. Copperheads from Franklin County, Indiana, joined the company to protest the draft and the president's handling of the war. The company was short-lived, however, as similar antiwar organizations flourished in the region.
 
Erected 2007 by Morgan Township Trustees, Morgan Township Historical Society, The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 26-9.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 39° 20.888′ N, 84° 46.006′ W. Marker is in Okeana, Ohio, in Butler County. Marker is on Okeana-Drewersburg Road 0.1 miles west of Cincinnati-Brookville Road (Ohio Route 126), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is opposite Okeana United Methodist Church. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6464 Okeana-Drewersburg Road, Okeana OH 45053, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Founding Members of the Morgan Township Fire Department (approx. 1 miles away); Birthplace of William Bebb (approx. 2 miles away); Paddy's Run (approx.
1858 Morgan Township House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 3, 2009
3. 1858 Morgan Township House and Marker
3.2 miles away); Snow Hill Covered Bridge (approx. 4.8 miles away in Indiana); Bunker Hill / Dog Town (approx. 5.3 miles away); Bunker Hill Universalist Church/Bunker Hill Cemetery (approx. 5.3 miles away); Bethel Chapel (approx. 5.7 miles away); Bethel Chapel 1815- 1873 (approx. 5.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Okeana.
 
Categories. Charity & Public WorkCivil RightsGovernmentNotable PersonsPeacePolitical SubdivisionsPoliticsSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil
 
Okeana United Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 3, 2009
4. Okeana United Methodist Church
Across street from township house.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 2, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,362 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 2, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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