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Ohio Regiment Infantry
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
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|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.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 2