“Does not a newspaper follow a Yankee march everywhere?”–Unknown Union officer
The Ohio Seventh was a one-issue newspaper printed in Weston, Virginia by members of the regiment. The Seventh Ohio Volunteer Infantry soldiers, also known as the Monroe Rifles, were involved in the early western Virginia campaigns of the Civil War and fought at both the Battle of Cross Lanes and the Battle of Carnifex Ferry in Nicholas County, Virginia. The soldiers are proimently featured in Panther Mountain: Caroline’s Story.
Their newspaper was printed before those battles and the motto beneath the masthead reads “We come to protect, not to invade.” This copy of the July 4, 1861 issue is found at Oberlin College’s Library. Company C of the Seventh OVI were all Oberlin college students who answered President Lincoln’s call for 75,000 volunteers after the attack on Fort Sumter in April 1861.