“This town, like so many other little towns, gave men to the service during the Civil War,” Mays said at a small ceremony.
Two of the Middletown soldiers that were remembered were David L. Frisch and Joseph Hilt. Mays said that Frisch was 22 when he enlisted from Middletown, while Hilt was 40. Both enlisted in April 4, 1861.
After forming in Lebanon both men went to Columbus for training before being sent to Cincinnati before entering the war after signing a three-year enlistment. Mays said there are other Civil War veterans buried at the cemetery who fought with other regiments. He said both soldiers were discharged in 1864 and returned to their families in the Middletown area to resume their lives.
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Frisch’s great grandson, Frank L. Frisch of Middletown was presented flowers to place on the grave before a 21-gun salute and a bugler sounding “Taps” completed the ceremony.
Frank Frisch, 78, said he was born about 100 years after his great-grandfather’s birth in 1839. He said his great-grandfather started the Frisch Brick Company that provided brick for many buildings and churches that are still standing in Middletown. His great-grandfather died in 1918 during a flu epidemic.
“It’s good to know that the Middletown Historical Society remembered the family because this is a real honor,’ Frisch said. “It’s good to know that your family had a part in the history of Middletown.”