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2nd Ohio Regiment Infantry (3 years)

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2nd 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
Second Infantry. (Three Years' Service.) Cols., Leonard A. Harris, Anson G. McCook ; Lieut.-Cols., John Kell, Obediah C. Maxwell ; Maj., William T. Beatty. This regiment was organized at Camp Dennison, from July 17 to Sept. 20, 1861, to serve for three years. It immediately crossed the Ohio river and moved by the way of Paris and Mount Sterling, to Olympian Springs in eastern Kentucky. On Oct. 22, it made a forced night march of nearly 30 miles, surprised and totally defeated a band of Confederates under Jack May at West Liberty, inflicting some loss to the enemy in killed and wounded and coming off scathless. The enemy was pursued to Piketon and with the balance of the force the regiment marched down the Big Sandy to Louisa, thence to Louisville by water. When in March the main body of Gen. Buell's army marched to the assistance of Gen. Grant at Shiloh, the regiment was engaged in several small affairs with the enemy on the line of the Memphis & Charleston railroad, the most considerable of which, at Widow's creek, near Bridgeport, resulted in the dispersion of a force placed to dispute the passage of the creek, and the capture of their camp equipage. The regiment was also with the column that first occupied Bridgeport and destroyed the railroad bridge at that point across the Tennessee river. In the reorganization of the army at Louisville, the regiment was assigned to Rousseau's division in Gen. McCook's left wing, and with two divisions of that command participated in the well-contested battle of Perryville, losing in the action nearly forty per cent of all engaged. In the battle of Stone's river it was closely engaged and suffered serious loss. In this action the regiment, with the assistance of Guenther's Battery H, 4th artillery, captured the colors of the 32nd Arkansas. Chickamauga was the next battle-ground and in this hotly-contested engagement the regiment lost 183 officers and men, killed, wounded and missing. After falling back into the intrenchments at Chattanooga, it remained there until Nov. 24, when the brigade to which it was attached was sent to the assistance of Gen. Hooker on Lookout mountain, in his celebrated battle above the clouds. In the battle of Missionary ridge, which occurred on the succeeding day, the regiment made its way to the crest with slight loss, and captured the colors of the 38th Alabama. It then pursued the enemy to Ringgold, Ga., at which place a halt was made. In the reconnoissance to Buzzard Roost, in Feb., 1864, the 2nd was in the advance, and developed the strength of the enemy's position before Dalton. In the following May it formed a portion of Sherman's force for the Atlanta campaign, and at Resaca suffered heavily in an attempt to carry by assault the enemy's intrenched position. It then moved with the division through Georgia to the Chattahoochee river and took part in the battle of Peachtree creek its last engagement. The original members (except veterans) were mustered out on Oct. 10, 1864, by reason of expiration of term of service, and the veterans and recruits were transferred to the 18th Ohio veteran infantry on Oct. 31, 1864.

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

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