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55th Ohio Regiment Infantry

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55th Ohio Infantry Soldier Roster - Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866, Volume 5, 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
Fifty-fifth Infantry. Cols., John C. Lee, Charles B. Gambee; Lieut- Cols., George H. Safford, James M. Stevens, Edwin H. Powers; Majs., Daniel F. De Wolf, Rodolphus Robbins, Charles P. Wickham. This regiment was organized at Norwalk, from Sept. to Dec., 1861, to serve for three years. In Jan., 1862, it left for Grafton, W. Va., and after a short stay there moved to New creek. In the battle of McDowell it constituted the reserve and served as support to a battery, which could not be brought into action owing to the nature of the ground. It was present at the battle of Cross Keys, but was not engaged. It was under severe artillery fire at the second Bull Run, but was not engaged with the enemy's battle-line. It spent the following winter at Brooks' station, employing the time in inspections, drills and picket duty. In the engagement at Chancellorsville the regiment lost 153 men killed, wounded and missing. It marched into Pennsylvania with the army and was present at the battle of Gettysburg, losing about 50 men. The regiment was then sent to Tennessee and in the battle of Missionary ridge formed a part of the corps that drove the Confederate skirmish line beyond the East Tennessee railroad. In Jan., 1864, 319 men of the regiment reenlisted and were furloughed home, but they were present at the opening of the Atlanta campaign, participating in all the battles in which the 20th corps was engaged. At the battle of Resaca it suffered severely, losing upward of 90 men. It was also engaged at Cassville and Kennesaw mountain, and in the siege of Atlanta the regiment occupied its place in the lines, sometimes on the right and sometimes on the left, assisting in the gradual but sure advancement of the parallels toward the city. It left Lookout valley with about 400 men and during the campaign lost over 200. The regiment joined in the march to the sea and up through the Carolinas, losing at Averasboro 36 men and at Bentonville 33. It was mustered out on July 11, 1865.

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

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