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Near Olanta in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Civil War Draft Resistance

 
 
Civil War Draft Resistance Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, September 1, 2017
1. Civil War Draft Resistance Marker
Inscription.  The county draft roll of August of 1864 had over 500 names, and only 150 men answered the call. In June 1863 assistant marshal David Cathcart was shot in Knox Twp. by draft dodgers working as loggers. Homes were set fire in Graham Twp. by draft dodgers while deserters were looting throughout the county. Copperheads liberated arrested deserters in Troutville, and secret societies were formed to resist the draft and gather slaves. In October 1864 recruitment officer Col. Cyrus Butler was killed in Lawrence Twp., and provost marshal John McKiernan of Janesville resigned for fear of his life.

On December 13, 1864 Tom Adams' log house was surrounded by Capt. Southworth, who marched troops from Philipsburg. Shots were fired killing deserter Adams and federal soldier Edgar Reed in this yard. 18 men were arrested that night at this place, and within a month 150 more were incarcerated. Only New York City had more civil violence than Clearfield County during the war, which ended four months later.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable EventsWar, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1863.
 
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40° 53.479′ N, 78° 27.688′ W. Marker is near Olanta, Pennsylvania, in Clearfield County. Located at the Bloody Knox Cabin Site. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6246 Curwensville Tyrone Highway, Olanta PA 16863, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bloody Knox (a few steps from this marker); The Bell Site Dig (approx. 4.2 miles away); Alexander's Fording (approx. 4.6 miles away); Alexander Cemetery (approx. 4.6 miles away); Curwensville Dam (approx. 5.4 miles away); Hogback (Porter's) Bridge (approx. 5.9 miles away); McClure Cemetery (approx. 6.2 miles away); The First Church in Clearfield County (approx. 6.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Bloody Knox Log Cabin. (Submitted on September 3, 2017, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
 
Civil War Draft Resistance Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, September 1, 2017
2. Civil War Draft Resistance Marker
Barnett Log Home in the background
Barnett Log House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, September 1, 2017
3. Barnett Log House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 3, 2017. It was originally submitted on September 3, 2017, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 453 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 3, 2017, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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