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16th Ohio Regiment Infantry (3 months)

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16th Ohio Infantry Soldier Roster - Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866, Volume 1, by Ohio Roster Commission (Wm. McKinley, Jr., Governor, Samuel M. Taylor, Sec'y of State and James C. Howe, Adjutant-General), 1893     View Entire Book

Regimental History
Sixteenth Infantry. (Three Months' Service.) Col., James Irvine; Lieut-Col., John S. Fulton; Maj., George W. Bailey. The companies composing this regiment were recruited in central Ohio. A and D were enrolled on April 20, 1861, at Wooster; E, April 23, at Springfield; F, April 16, at New Philadelphia; G, April 22, at Millersburg; H, April 20, at Cambridge; I, April 22, at Bellville, and K, April 22, at Dresden. A few days later they reported at Camp Jackson, Columbus, where the regimental organization was formed and the equipment of the regiment was begun. The regiment was named the "Carrington Guards" in honor of Adjt.-Gen. Carrington, who intended to take it to the field. He presented a fine stand of colors of embroidered silk, and in presenting the same took from his pocket a small piece of wood, saying, "This splinter is a fragment of the Fort Sumter flag staff, which Maj. Anderson recently gave me here in Columbus, while on his way from the surrendered fort to his home in Kentucky. I give it to the 'Carrington Guards,' and shall have it inserted in the top of your regimental flag-staff so that you shall carry over your heads the sacred memento, and may you never surrender it to traitors." The regiment was mustered into the service of the State of Ohio on May 10, 11 and 12, for three months. The president having issued his proclamation for 300,000 troops for three years, the regiment was promptly transferred to the U. S. service. On or about May 25 it left for West Virginia, where it was actively engaged in guarding the Baltimore & Ohio railroad, the enemy having killed citizens and burned bridges in the vicinity of Farmington and Fairmount. It then proceeded to Grafton, and a battalion became actively engaged before Philippi, at Laurel hill and Carrick's ford. The remainder of the regiment on the Baltimore & Ohio railroad did equally honorable duty in the expedition of Romney and Red House, and in making a successful issue of the West Virginia campaign, with a loss of 1 man killed and 2 who died of disease. The term of enlistment having expired it was ordered home to be mustered out, which was done on Aug. 18, 1861.

Footnotes:
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing Company, 1908 - Volume 2

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