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Shiloh, I am happy to bear testimony to the fidelity, bravery, and devotion of all. Major B. D.
Fearing, who was in immediate command of the Seventy-Seventh Regiment Ohio Volunteer
Infantry, was cool and brave, and acquitted himself with as much skill as an old officer of larger
experience, and was not excelled by any other field-officer who came under my observation." *

From the 9th to the 29th of April the Seventy-Seventh was in camp preparing for the
advance. It took part in all the active operations of Sherman's division during the siege of
Corinth, constructing field-works, roads, and bridges; picketing, skirmishing, and fighting, until
the division rested beyond Corinth, returning from pursuit of the enemy. From June 1st to July
21st it was on an expedition into Northern Mississippi, and repairing the Memphis and Charles-
ton Railroad as the division moved westward. It reached Memphis, Tennessee, July 21st, and
encamped in Fort Pickering. On the 27th of August it was ordered to Alton, Illinois, to relieve
the Thirteenth United States Infantry, in charge of the military prisons at that station. It left
Alton July 31, 1S63, with a full complement of men. The regiment reached Helena, Arkansas,
August 5, 1863 — the men in splendid condition. It was assigned to the Third Brigade, Third
Division, Arkansas Expedition, under command of General Fred. Steele.

It participated in all the movements of Steele's army, until December 20, 1863, when the

* Justice compels us to add that General Sherman made severe complaints, at the time, concerning the conduct of
this whole brigade, and that subsequently, in his official report, he said : " My Third Brigade did break much tuosuou,
and I am not yet advised w here they were bunday afternoon and Monday morning."



448 Ohio in the War.

regiment re-enlisted as veterans; was relieved from duty, December 23d, and started for Columbus,
Ohio. At that point it was mustered into service on the 22d of January, 1864, and furloughed
for thirty days, to rendezvous at Camp Dennison. It left Camp Dennison for Little Eock with
full ranks, on March 3d, and moved with the army thence to Shreveport, Louisiana, March 23d.
It was actively engaged in the many skirmishes and tights of the army between Arkadelphia and
Camden, enduring patiently and without a murmur the hardships and privations of this campaign.

On the 22d of April, 1864, the Seventy-Seventh, with the Forty-Third Indiana and Thirty-
Sixth Iowa, started from Camden to escort a large train to Pine Bluff after supplies, the whole
commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Drake, of the Thirty-Sixth Iowa. General Fagan's Eebel
division attacked these regiments in detail while they were encumbered with the train, on the
25th, at Marks's Mills. Colonel Drake fought desperately with the Forty-Third and Thirty-Sixth,
but being overpowered, was unable to hold out till the Seventy -Seventh could make a junction from
the rear of the train, some four miles away. The Seventy-Seventh, under Captain McCormick,
came on to the field at the moment Colonel Drake was overwhelmed. They went into the fight
at once, but no effort of their's could rescue the train or their captured comrades, and after an
unecpial contest of two hours, being surrounded, they were compelled to accept the enemy's terms.
The portion of the regiment captured, after inarching until May 15th, reached the Eebel prison-
pens known as Camp Ford, near Tyler, Texas, where they were kept ten months.

Those of the Seventy-Seventh not captured at Marks's Mills, together with many left at
Camden, were formed into a company and took part in the struggle at "Jenkins's Ferry," on
Sabine Eiver, during the retreat of Qeneral Steele, losing, in killed and wounded, more than
one-half the number engaged.

When the Seventy-Seventh was exchanged, in February, 1865, at the request of General
Steele, it was transferred with him to the Army of the Gulf, and with General Steele, under
General Canby, they took part in the campaign that resulted in the capture of Mobile. It then
went to the Eio Grande, marching from Brazos de Santiago to Clarksville, and then to Browns-
ville, Texas, and encamped near that city, and were on duty there from August 1, 1865 until
March 8, 1866. It was mustered out of service March 8th, and left on the same day for Colum-
bus, Ohio.

The regiment reached Columbus, Ohio, March 23d, and received its payment and final dis-
charge March 25, 1866, at which time its strength was seventeen commissioned officers and three
hundred and forty-eight men.

Their work was done, and they who had been in the advance of the grand army in its strug-
gle for universal freedom and enduring Nationality, became the rear-guard as they turned their
faces toward home and peace.

Inscribed on the scarred and tattered banners they bore to the capitol, were Shiloh, Corinth,
Little Eock, Camden, Okalona, Prairie de Ann, Marks's Mills, Jenkins's Ferry, Fort Spanish,
Blakely, and Mobile; and then they, the last but one of Ohio's many noble regiments, passed
back into the repose of civil life.

Organizing in 1861, reorganizing as a veteran regiment in 1863, having enlisted and on its
rolls, during the four years of its service, one thousand and nine hundred men. They returned
to their homes the heroes of two distinct periods of the war.



Seventy-Eighth Ohio Infantry.



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78th REGIMENT OHIO VOLUNTEER INFANTRY.



ROSTER, THP.EE YEARS' SERVICE.



DATE OF RANK



COM. ISSUED.



Colonel

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Major

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Chaplain

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MORTIM'R D. LEGGETT
ZAC. M. CHANDLER..
GUEENBE'KY F. WILES
-Mortimer D. Leggett..

Bexj. F. Hawkes ,

Zachariah M. Chandler..
Greenberry F. Wiles..

John F. Rainey ,

Henry L. Waller

Israel C Robinson

Gilbert D. Munsox

David F. Carnahan

Zachariah M. Chandler..

John F. Rainey

Henry L. Waller

Israel C. Robinson

John B. Mills

James S. Reeves

Samuel C. Mendenhall....

VV. Morrow Beach

J. D. Wirtman

E. C. Deforrest

George F. Peckham

Ralph D. Webb

Oliphant M. Todd

Thomas M. Stevenson

Horace D. Munson

Zachariah 31. Chandler

Samuel W. Spencer

E. Hilles Talley

Thomas M. Stevenson

Avery L. Waller

Peter Gebhart

John F. Rainey

Andrew Scott „

John W. Cornyn

Thomas P. Wilson

Wm. S. Harlan

Greenberry F. Wiles

Gilbert D. Munson

John W. A. Gillespie

John Orr

YV. W. Mct'arty

Israel C. Robinson

Thomas P. Wilson

Alexander Scales

John B. Mills.:

Hugh Dunne

George W. Porter

Gyrus M. Roberts

Adolphus Search

Addison A. Adair

Andrew McDaniels

John P. Rc.ss

James H. Gander

Henry Bigalow

Wm. H. Hessin

Jacob P .Springer

James T. Story

Addison A. Adair

I ret Rhinehart

Andrew McDaniels

John C. Douglass

John E. Jewett

Thomas P. Wilson

Greenberry F. Wiles

Wm. C. Godfrey

Benj. A. Blandy

W. W. McCarty

Hugh Dunne

John W. A. Gillespie

John F. Grimes

John B. Mills

John Hamilton

Lewis M. Dayton

John Orr

Win. S. Harlan

James T. Caldwell

Israel C. Robinson

Gilbert D. Munson

Jesse Patterson

George W. Porter

Howard S. Abbott

A. C. Cassidy

Cyrus M. Roberts



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Appointed Brigadier-General Nov. 29. 1862.

Declined.

Promoted Brevet Brig. General March 13, 1S65.

Promoted to Colonel.

Mustered out September 3, 18C2.

Resigned July 23, 1863.

Promoted to Colonel.

Mustered out.

Declined ; mustered out December 31, 1864.

Revoked ; special order 38. 1865.

Mustered out with regiment.

Resigned September 7, 1862.

Promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel.

Promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel.

Promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel.

Revoked ; Bpecial order 38, 1865.
Mustered out with regiment.
Resigned April 20, 1862.
Promoted to Surgeon 118th O. V. I.
Resigned February 14, 1863.
Discharged November 4, 1863.
Mustered out with regiment.
Mustered out with regiment.
Resigned November 14, 1862.
Mustered out with regiment.
Resigned February 22, 1863.
Promoted to Major.
Resigned April 16, 1862.

Died April 4, .

Resigned February 14. 1863.

Promoted to Major ; declined.

Resigned September 3, 1863.

Promoted to Major.

Mustered out December 26, 1864.

Appointed Com. of Subsistence April 23, 1863.

Declined.

Resigned February 13, 1S63.

Promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel.

Promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel.

Mustered out.

Mustered out.

Mustered out May 15, 1865.

Promoted to Major.

Mustered out Dtcember26, 1864.

Resigned December 26, 1863.

Mustered out with regiment.

Honorably discharged September 15, 1864.

On det. duty; A.D.C. to Maj. Gen. Leggett.

Detached at head-quarters 17th A C.

.Mustered out with regiment.

Revoked ; special order 38, 1865.

Revoked ; special order 38, 1865.

Revoked; special order 38, 1865.

Revoked; special order 38, 1865.

Declined to accept.

Detached at head-quarters 17th A. C.

Detached as A. A. Q.M. head-quarters 17th A.C.

Resigned April 1, 1865.

Mustered out with regiment.

On detached duty at head-quarters 17th A. C.

Absent on duty.

Appointed Captain and A. A. G.

Resigned June 13, 1862.

Promoted to Captain.

Promoted to Captain.

Resigned April 20, 1*62.

Resigned June 1, 1S62.

Promoted to Captain.

Promoted to Captain.

Promoted to Captain.

Resigned April 20, 1862.

Promoted to Captain.

Resigned August 31. 1S62.

Appointed Captain by President.

Promoted to Captain.

Promoted to Captain.

Killed.

Promoted to Captain.

Promoted to Captain.

Dismissed April 2, 1863.

Promoted to «'!aptain.

Honorablv discharged October 14, 1863.

Resigned March 24, 1863.

Promoted to Captain.



Yol. II.— 29.



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DATE OF RANK.



COM. ISSUED.



1st Lieutenant

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James T. Caldwell

James C. Harris

Henry Bigalow

Josiah Scott

.lames Carothers

Win. H. Hessin

Jacob P. Springer

Adolphus Search

James T. Story

Iret Rhinehart

Howard S. Abbott

Addison A. Adair

Andrew McDaniels

John P. Boss

James H. Gander

Russell Bethel

Arthur W. MLcCarty

Joseph Miller

David M. Watson

Meander Mott

Charles C. Wiles

Alfred Wymer

John R. Edgar

Humphrey A. McDonald...

Archibald W. Stewart

Wm. M. Sleith

Russell Bethel

Arthur W. McCarty

Joseph Miller

David M. Watson

Meander Mott

Charles C. Wiles

Alfred Wymer

lohu R. Edgar

John Orr

James T. Caldwell

Thomas K. Ross

Wm. S. Harlan

Cyrus M. Roberts

Gilbert D. Munson

lames T. Story

Joseph C. Jenkins

Samuel A. De WoltT.

James Carothers

Alexander Scale

Win. A. Dodds

Israel Robinson

James C. Harris

[ret Rhinehart

Joseph R. Miller

George W. Forter

Humphrey A. McDonald...

Josiah Scott

Archibald W. Stewart

Wm. M. Sleith

James Brew nan

Wm. H. Hessin

Jacob P. Springer,

Wm. M. Laughlin...

Henry Spear

Addison A. Adair

Albeit G. Gault

Andrew McDaniels

John P. Ross

James H. Gander

Russell Bethel

Robert H. Brown

Alexander V. P. Hager

James R. Earich

James H. Echelberry

Milton \\ aid

Simon P. Joy

Amos Norman

Alfred Wymer

John R. Edcar

Robert H. Brown

A. V. P. Hager

James H. Echelberry

Milton Ward

Simon P. Joy

Amos Norman

John R. Kennedy

Win. H. Cochins

Cyrus II. Gardner

Martin Durant



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Died of wounds May 22, 1863.
Mustered out December 26, ] S64.
Quartermaster; declined promotion.
Died April 18, 1864.
Mustered out.
Promoted to Captain.
Promoted to Captain.
Promoted to Captain.
Promoted to Captain.
Promoted to Captain.
Honorably discharged October 14, 1863.
Promoted to Captain.
Promoted to Captain.
Promoted to Captain.
Promoted to Captain.
Revoked; special order 38, 1865.
Revoked ; special order 38, 1865.
Revoked; special order 38, 1865.
Revoked ; special order 38, 1865.
Revoked; special order 38, 1865.
Revoked ; special order 38, 1865.
Revoked ; special order 38, 1865.
Revoked ; special order 38, 1865.
Mustered out April 6, 1865.
A. A. C. to Major-General Leggctt.
Mustered out as Adjutant.
A. A. D. to General R. K. Scott.
Mustered out with regiment.
Mustered out with regiment.
Mustered out with regiment.
Mustered out January 12, 1865.
Mustered out with regiment.
Mustered out with regiment.
On leave of absence.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant,
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Resigned March 27, 1862.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Dismissed September 11, 1862.
Resigned August 31, 1862.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Resigned January 28, 1863.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Resigned September 21, 18t>4.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Dismissed April 8, 1864.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Killed July 22, 1864.
Died August 28, 1864, of wounds.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Resigned September 27, 1864.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.



Declined to accept ; revoked ; special order
38, 1S65.



Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Mustered out with regiment.
Mustered out with regiment.
Mustered out with regiment.
On leave of absence.
Mustered out with regiment.
Mustered out with regiment.
Blustered out with regiment.
Resigned July 6, 1865.
Mustered out with regiment.
Mustered out w ith regiment.



Those whose commissions were revoked signed a request to the Governor asking them to be so revoked because of a
mistake in the order of promotion.



Seventy-Eighth Ohio Infantry. 451



SEVENTY-EIGHTH OHIO VOLUNTEER INFANTRY.



THE SEVENTY-EIGHTH OHIO was raised under special authority from Gov-
ernor Dennison, issued to M. D. Leggett, Esq., of Zanesville. Ohio. The first man of
the regiment was enlisted on the 30th day of October, 1861. The organization was com-
pleted on the 11th day of January, 1862, and the regiment left by cars for Cincinnati on the 11th
of February, where steamers were found on which it embarked for Fort Donelson, on the Ten-
nessee River. This point was reached on the 16th of February, and the regiment went into
position on the battle-field, but too late to take part in the action. Immediately after this battle
the regiment saw its first field-duty — that of taking care of the Rebel prisoners and stores.

On the first of March the regiment marched across the country to Metal Landing, on the
Tennessee River, where it went into camp awaiting transportation. About the 10th of March it
moved with the National forces to Crump's Landing, and thence to Adamsville, on the road to
Purdy, to guard an exposed flank of the army at Pittsburg Landing. Nothing of interest tran-
spired here excepting a few slight skirmishes with the enemy.

Early on the morning of the 6th of April picket-firing was heard by the troops stationed at
Adamsville. The whole command was immediately drawn up in line awaiting orders. Receiv-
ing orders at twelve o'clock M., the Seventy-Eighth, with its brigade, marched to the battle-field,
a distance of fourteen miles, and reached Pittsburg Landing at eight o'clock in the evening, in
company with the whole of General Lew. Wallace's division. The fight being over for the day
the regiment went into camp for the night on the extreme right of the National army.

At daylight on the morning of the 7th the regiment went into the battle on the right, and
was under fire throughout the day, with, however, but slight loss. Only one man was killed and
nine wounded. Retaining its position on the right, the Seventy-Eighth shared in the movement
on Corinth. In guarding the right flank of the army the regiment was frequently engaged in
reconnoissances and skirmishes with the enemy.

On the evacuation of Corinth the regiment marched with Lew. Wallace's division to Bethel,
where it was detached and sent with the Thirtieth Illinois, under command of Colonel Leggett,
to Jackson, Tennessee. The town was found in possession of a small Rebel force, which was
driven off and the place occupied. At this place the regiment had the honor to raise a National
flag on the pole where the first Rebel flag was raised in Tennessee.

At Jackson the Seventy-Eighth was transferred from Lew. Wallace's to General Logan's
division. From Jackson the Seventy- Eighth, with the Thirtieth Illinois, were again sent, under
Colonel Leggett, to Grand Junction. It remained at this point one month, and then returned to
Bolivar. While there the regiment made several important and arduous reconnoissances, in
which a number of skirmishes were had with the enemy. On the 30th of August the Seventy-
Eighth and Twentieth Ohio, one company of the Eleventh Illinois Cavalry, and a section of the
Ninth Indiana Artillery had a brisk engagement at Spring Creek, six miles from Bolivar.
While this engagement was in progress, four companies of the Second Illinois Cavalry, under
Colonel Hogg, reported and took part in the fight. Colonel Hogg was killed. On the day before
the fight a force of mounted infantry was improvised from the Seventy-Eighth and Twentieth
Ohio, by selecting three tried men from each company. This force, under command of Lieuten-
ants G. D. Munson, of the Seventy-Eighth, and Ayers, of the Twentieth Ohio, was sent on a
reconnoissance the night previous, and discovered the enemy in force. After capturing the Rebel



452 Ohio in the War.

outposts it fell back to its main body. On the next day in the battle this "Mule Cavalry"
performed excellent service, and to them was attributed largely the successful result of the fight.
In this affair the loss of the regiment was slight.

When the Rebel army under Price and Van Dora moved on Iuka, the Seventy-Eighth
marched with Logan's division to that point, but did not participate in the battle. Returning to
Bolivar it joined Grant's forces in the movement toward Grenada, Mississippi, and was near Gren-
ada in advance of the whole army, when, in consequence of the destruction by the enemy of Holly
Springs, it fell back with the National army on that place. Immediately thereafter it accom-
panied Grant's forces to Memphis, Tennessee, and thence by steamer to Lake Providence, where
it was employed in cutting the bank of tbe Mississippi, and opening Bayou Jackson for the pur-
pose of overflowing the country below. While lying at this point the regiment, with its brigade,
went to Eagle Point and up Mud Bayou to aid in saving some gunboats surrounded by the enemy.

Millikin's Bend was the next point to which the Seventy-Eighth was sent, where it joined
the National army under General Grant, then concentrating for the march on Vicksburg. On
the occasion of running the blockade of Vicksburg with transports, twelve members of the
Seventy-Eighth Ohio were selected as part of the crew of one of the boats. Of this detail
Sergeant James McLaughlin and Private Huffman occupied themselves during the trip in playing
cards by the light of the enemy's guns !

Crossing the Mississippi River at Bruinsburg, the regiment marched with the army to the
rear of Vicksburg. On this march it participated in the battle of Raymond, on the 12th of
May, 1863, and lost, in killed and wounded, about eighty men. On the 16th of May it was
engaged in the battle of Champion Hills, where it lost one hundred and sixteen men killed and
wounded. During these battles General Leggett was commanding the brigade, having received
his commission as Brigadier-General on the 29th of November, 1862.

On the 17th, 18th, and 19th of May the investment of Vicksburg was completed. On the
22d of May the Seventy-Eighth participated in the general charge of that day on the enemy's
works with slight loss. About the 25th of May the regiment was joined to a force sent up the
Yazoo River, under General Frank P. Blair, to look after a Rebel force reported to be moving
to the relief of Vicksburg, under General Joseph E. Johnston. Johnston having changed his
line of march to a point further south toward Jackson, the command returned to Vicksburg, and
the Seventy-Eighth Ohio resumed its position before the city. At this point General Leggett wa»
transferred to the command of the First Brigade of General Logan's division.

On the 22d of June the Seventy-Eighth was again sent with a force to prevent the Rebels,
under Johnston, from crossing the Black River at Bovina. The regiment remained at Bovina
until after the surrender of Vicksburg.

On the 4th of July the Seventy-Eighth joined General Sherman in his march on Jackson,
Mississippi. It was left at Clinton, where, on the 7th of July, it was attacked by Rebel cavalry,
which attack it handsomely repulsed. On the return of the National forces to Vicksburg, the
regiment accompanied them and remained there until the latter part of August. It then marched
with McPherson's expedition to destroy the Rebel mills near Canton. Coming back to Vicksburg,
it went with General Logan's division to Monroeville, Louisiana, on the Washita River, to look
after a force of Rebels reported to be in that vicinity.

On the 5th of January,* 1864, the Seventy-Eighth re-enlisted for the war. Immediately
thereafter the regiment marched with General Sherman on the Meridian expedition, and on its
return was sent home on veteran furlough.

The regiment returned on the 1st of May, and rendezvoused at Cairo, Illinois. The division
was reorganized at this point, and moved by steamers up the Tennessee River to Clifton. From
Clifton it marched over the Blue Mountain Ridge, and joined General Sherman's army at Acworth,
Georgia. It was immediately placed in position on the left, and commenced its part of the cam-
paign against Atlanta.

On the 17th of June the regiment took part in the attack on and capture of Bushy Mountain.
About the time the order was given to move on the mountain a heavy rain-storm commenced.



Seventy-Eighth Ohio Infantry. 453

General M. D. Leggett, commanding the Third Division of Logan's corps, dashed np the slope



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