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61st Ohio Regiment Infantry

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61st 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
Sixty-first Infantry. Cols., Newton W. Schleich, Stephen J. McGroarty; Lieut.-Cols., Henry B. Hunter, William H. H. Bown; Maj., David C. Beckett. This regiment was organized in the state at large in March, April and May, 1862, to serve for three years. It left for the field in western Virginia on May 27, and at Freeman's ford had its first fight with the enemy a part of Longstreet's corps. It took part in the second battle of Bull Run and covered the retreat of the Federal forces on the Centerville turnpike toward Washington. In the battle it lost 25 men killed and wounded. At Stafford Court House it established winter quarters and remained there until April, 1863. It was engaged throughout the entire battle of Chancellorsville and lost 4 officers wounded, besides a large number of men wounded and 5 killed. At Gettysburg it opened the battle, being thrown out as skirmishers, and was so roughly handled that it was compelled to fall back to Cemetery hill. In this action the regiment lost heavily in killed, wounded and prisoners. In September it was transported to the Army of the Cumberland and was engaged in a fierce fight at Wauhatchie, Tenn., defeating and driving the Confederates across Lookout creek. In this fight 3 were killed and a number wounded. It was in the assault on Missionary ridge, moving round to the extreme left of the Federal lines to prevent a flanking movement on the part of the enemy. In March, 1864, it reenlisted, was furloughed home, and then returned for the Atlanta campaign. It participated in the bloody action at Resaca, losing several men, and performed its part nobly during all of the succeeding campaign. The regiment lay at Atlanta until it started with Gen. Sherman's army on its "march to the sea." It then marched up through the Carolinas, and at Goldsboro, N. C, on March 31, 1865, was consolidated with the 82nd Ohio, the combined regiment taking the name of the latter organization.

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

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