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70th Ohio Regiment Infantry

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70th Ohio Infantry Soldier Roster - Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866, Volume 6, 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
Seventieth Infantry. Col., Joseph R. Cockerill ; Lieut.-Cols., DeWitt C. Louden, Henry L. Phillips; Majs., John W. McFerren, William B. Brown, James Brown. This regiment was organized at Camp Dennison from Nov., 1861, to Feb., 1862, to serve for three years. It was ordered to Paducah, Ky., and on its arrival was incorporated into Sherman's division, then organizing. It took part in both days of the action at Shiloh and established a lasting name for bravery and endurance. Gen. Sherman spoke of the conduct of the regiment to every one in the most flattering terms, and in the report of the battle said : "Col. Cockerill behaved with great gallantry and held together the largest regiment of any colonel in my division ; and stood by me from first to last." The regiment engaged in no more fighting until after the fall of Vicksburg, when Gen. Sherman moved upon Jackson, the capital of Mississippi, and during the siege the 70th behaved in a gallant manner. A few days after the battle of Chickamauga the 15th corps, to which the regiment belonged, moved up the river to Memphis, then marched through northern Mississippi, Alabama and southern Tennessee, and took part in the battle of Chattanooga in November. In Jan., 1864, the regiment reenlisted as veterans, every company carrying on its rolls the proper number of men to retain its organization. During the memorable march to Atlanta the regiment participated in all the battles on the way and around the city, and maintained in each and all its high reputation. During the autumn and winter months it marched through Georgia to the sea and participated in the storming of Fort McAllister, where it suffered severely. It was the first regiment to enter the work through the abatis and ditch, sweeping over the plain and through the works without a halt. It was with Sherman in his march through the Carolinas and participated in the battle of Bentonville. After the grand review it was sent to Little Rock, Ark., where it was finally mustered out on Aug. 14, 1865.

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

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