Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

April 16, 2014

A.C. history by Enfys McMurry


The Daily Iowegian

---- — April 16, 1861: By this date the news that President Lincoln wanted volunteers to fight for the preservation of the Union was the talk of Appanoose County. Centerville’s reaction to the national crisis was immediate. Flags were placed at the old log-cabin courthouse, the school, the churches, the private businesses. Teacher Madison M. Walden enlisted as one of the town’s first volunteers along with teacher William Rhodes from Cincinnati and shopkeeper John Bashore. Within days they were joined by mechanics, farmers, high school graduates, abolitionists, sons of the town’s pioneers. There were entire families: four Zimmer sons, aged 18-22, and their grey-haired father, all walking eight miles south into Centerville Square from Walnut Township. “There was no recruiting office,” said John W. Fuller, “there was just a parade marching along the streets with flags flying and drums beating and all you had to do to get in the war was walk out and get into the marching column.” (32-33)