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5th Ohio Independent Company
5th Ohio Company Sharpshooters 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
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|Fifth Independent Company Sharpshooters.— Capts.,
Gershom M. Barber, David W. Botsford; First Lieuts., Jonathan Rickard,
Franklin H. Somers, William N. Watson; Second Lieuts., William L.
Stearns, William C. Lemon. This independent organization was composed of
recruits from Cleveland and vicinity, who were enrolled during the
months of Oct. and Nov., 1862, and mustered into the U. S. service Dec.
5, at Camp Cleveland. It left Cleveland on March 1, 1863, and proceeded
to Murfreesboro, Tenn., via Cincinnati and the Ohio and Cumberland
rivers. Arriving at Murfreesboro on March 9, it reported to Maj.-Gen.
Rosecrans. A battalion was formed of the 5th, 6th and 7th companies,
Ohio volunteer sharpshooters. The battalion left Murfreesboro on June
24, and marched via Tullahoma to Normandy, where it arrived on July 5,
guarded a bridge over Duck river, and then proceeded to Chattanooga,
arriving there Sept. 10; marched to Crawfish Springs Sept. 15, and was
engaged guarding headquarters train and picking up stragglers through
the battle of Chickamauga ; returned to Chattanooga Sept. 21,
established a line of sharpshooters at Little Suck on Oct. 13, and was
engaged with a continual line of sharpshooters of the enemy until Nov.
1, driving them from their post ; crossed the Tennessee river and
scouted Sand mountain, returning to Chattanooga on Nov. 4. From Feb. 1
to 13, 1864, it buried 875 dead on the battlefield of Chickamauga. This
company was mustered out on July 19, 1865, at Nashville, Tenn. The roll
of honor shows that 17 men lost their lives during the period of service
of the company, 14 of whom died of disease.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 2