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Warren County Bicentennial

Floyd Bennett speaking at Shepard Park

The Civil War

In a small farming community in the mid-1800s, where many struggled fulltime to keep a roof overhead and put by enough food and firewood to survive the winter, the notion of war must have seemed a strange intrusion on life. But the men – and boys – of Thurman rallied to the call—whether they wanted to or not. The Combs family tells of Henry (“Had”) Combs, who lived out at Bear Swamp with his wife and children. Uniformed troops came up the road and stopped at their little farm. The officer in charge told Henry that he had been drafted into the Union Army, and had only a few minutes to collect his belongings and bid his family farewell. In a few moments’ time, as he turned his back on his farm and marched down the hot dusty road to become a soldier, this farmer’s life was transformed. When he returned from the war he found his boys were grown men.

The rolls of Thurman men who served in War Between the States is seeded with names of families still living in town today. To name just a few: Baker, Bowen, Combs, Cameron, Dow, Everts, Frost, Ingraham, Kenyon, King, Loveland, Lillibridge. Moon, Mosher, Pendell, Parker, Reynolds, Twiss, Wood. Headstones in the Baker Cemetery bear names of many Civil War veterans.

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