This database contains the names of almost 400 young men who attended the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute (now Hiram College) between 1850 and 1865, and served in the Civil War. Prior to this project, we only knew the names of about 140.
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J. R. (John) Haven
Home: Shalersville, Ohio
Years at Western Reserve Eclectic Institute: 1859
Unit: Ind Company, 1st Regiment, of Ohio.
Function: Light Artillery
Rank: Mustered in: Private
Rank: Mustered out Private
Other Notes: Cotter's Battery Killed at the Battle of Scary Creek WV, July 22, 1861 According to county history was the first soldier in Portage County killed in the Civil War
Source of Information: Portage County Cemetery Records for Shalersville Township; Beers' History of Portage County; ancestry.com