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81st Ohio Regiment Infantry

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81st 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
Eighty-first Infantry. Cols., Thomas Morton, Robert N. Adams ; Lieut.-Cols., John A. Turley, James W. Titus, William H. Hill; Majs., Charles N. Lamison, Frank Evans, William H. Chamberlin, William Clay Henry. This regiment was organized in the state at large in Aug. and Sept., 1861, to serve for three years. Benton barracks, St. Louis, Mo., was the rendezvous of all the troops sent to Gen. Fremont's department and in the ample grounds of that well known camp this regiment entered upon its first military duties, having reached its maximum not the legal, but the possible numbering eight companies, with an aggregate of nearly 600 men. On both days of the battle of Shiloh the regiment was hotly engaged and in a charge on the second day it sustained a heavy loss. At the battle of Corinth it lost 11 men killed, 44 wounded and 3 missing. Establishing winter quarters at Corinth, the regiment remained at that place until the spring of 1863, when the scene of its first operations was in Alabama. In April there was a sharp skirmish at Town creek, in which the regiment had a few men wounded. In the fall of the year it was transferred to eastern Tennessee, where it spent the winter, and in May, 1864, entered on the Atlanta campaign. It fought at the battle of Rome cross-roads, clearing its front of Confederates and holding its position until the 2nd division was relieved by the 4th. The regiment also contributed its full share in the actions around Dallas and was with the army when it closed around Atlanta. In the battle of July 22, with three companies in reserve, it was the second regiment from the right of Sweeny's division, standing like a rock, and never was there made a more daring or more effective resistance. The regiment captured a number of prisoners and 3 battleflags. It also took an active part in repelling the enemy on July 28, and then settled down into the regular duties of the siege. It marched on the flanking movement to Jonesboro, participated in the engagement at that place, and in the skirmish at Lovejoy, after which it withdrew to the vicinity of Atlanta. It made the march to the sea without any notable incident and assisted in the fortifications around Savannah. It participated in all the labors and dangers of the campaign of the Carolinas and was engaged in the battle of Bentonville. In April it started on its homeward march and was mustered out on July 13, 1865. During its term of service 34 men were killed in action, 24 died of wounds, 121 of disease, and 136 were discharged for disability.

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

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