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21st Ohio Regiment Infantry (3 months)

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21st 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
Twenty-first Infantry. (Three Months' Service.) Col., Jesse S. Norton; Lieut. -Col., James M. Neibling; Maj., A. J. Taylor. The companies composing this organization were enrolled as follows : A, F and G, April 19, 20 and 26, respectively, at Findlay; B, April 23, at Gilead; C, April 25, at Perrysburg; D, April 20, at Ottawa; E, April 20, at Kalida; H, April 23, at Fostoria; I, April 26, at Elmore, and K, April 24, at Defiance. They at once proceeded to Camp Taylor, Cleveland, where the regimental organization was formed, and active preparation made for the field. When the quota under the first call had been filled, it was found by the state officials that nine full regiments were in camp and had to be cared for the 21st being one of them. Ohio being a border state and liable to invasion, these additional troops were mustered into the state service to provide more effectually for defense. On May 23, the regiment moved to Gallipolis, stopping at Columbus for arms and accouterments. It remained in camp until July 3, when it was ordered to Ravenswood, W. Va., by Gen. McClellan, to reinforce other troops there, expecting an attack from O. J. Wise, whose forces were at Ripley. It made a forced march to Ripley, surprised and drove the Confederates away, and then returned to Gallipolis by steamer. On July 11, it became part of Gen. Cox's brigade and marched to Red House, on the Kanawha river, where it was ordered to make a reconnoissance for the purpose of discovering the Confederate position. It performed gallant duty at Scarey creek, where Col. Norton led the forces in a successful bayonet charge and received a painful wound through the hips. The enemy was reinforced and advanced his column, capturing Col. Norton and Lieut. Brown, of the 12th Ohio, who remained with the colonel and the other wounded. The regiment's loss in this battle was 2 killed, 2 mortally, and a number slightly wounded. It remained in the field under Lieut.- Col. Neibling, until ordered home to be mustered out, which occurred on Aug. 12, 1861, at Columbus. Its casualties during its term of service was 4 men killed in battle, 3 drowned and 8 died of disease.

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

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