Civil War Draft Resistance

Civil War Draft Resistance (HM21DU)

Location: Olanta, PA 16863 Clearfield County
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N 40° 53.479', W 78° 27.688'

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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.
HM NumberHM21DU
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Date Added Sunday, September 3rd, 2017 at 7:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 713854 N 4529794
Decimal Degrees40.89131667, -78.46146667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 53.479', W 78° 27.688'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 53' 28.74" N, 78° 27' 41.28" W
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Area Code(s)814
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6246 Curwensville Tyrone Hwy, Olanta PA 16863, US
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