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16th Ohio Regiment Infantry (3 years)

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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 2, by Ohio Roster Commission (Joseph B. Foraker, Governor, James S. Robinson, Sec'y of State and H. A. Axline, Adjutant-General), 1886     View Entire Book

Regimental History
Sixteenth Infantry. (Three Years' Service.) Col., John F. De Courcy; Lieut.-Cols., George W. Bailey, Philip Kershner; Majs., Robert W. P. Muse, Milton Mills, Eli W. Botsford. This regiment was organized at Camp Chase, Wooster and Zanesville, from Sept. 23 to Dec. 2, 1861, to serve for three years. It spent the first winter in Kentucky and the following April made a reconnoissance to the top of Cumberland mountains in the vicinity of Cumberland gap, where a brisk fight ensued in which the regiment lost 1 man killed and 2 wounded. On Aug. 6 it took part in the unfortunate affair at Tazewell, Tenn., but was overwhelmed and compelled to fall back. It also participated in the disastrous assault on Chickasaw bluffs, Miss., in which it suffered terribly, losing 311 officers and men, killed, wounded and prisoners. The next service performed by the regiment was in the expedition against Arkansas Post, in which it participated in the capture. It was engaged at Thompson's hill, losing 9 men killed and wounded, at Champion's hill and Black River bridge, and took a prominent part in the disastrous assault on the Confederate works in the rear of Vicksburg. In these several affairs the regiment lost severely in killed and wounded. It remained in the rear of Vicksburg until the surrender of the city, and was then ordered to Jackson, Miss., where it participated in the siege and capture of that place. It then was sent to Louisiana and at Alexandria met and engaged the enemy in several skirmishes. It remained in that vicinity, doing garrison duty and taking part in the Red River expedition, until in Oct., 1864, when it was ordered home and discharged from the service on Oct. 31. The number of officers and men mustered out at the expiration of its term of service was 477, all that was left of 1,191, the total of original organization and recruits.

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

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