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53rd Ohio Regiment Infantry

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53rd Ohio Infantry Soldier Roster - Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866, Volume 4, 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
Fifty-third Infantry. Cols., Jesse J. Appler, Wells S. Jones; Lieut.- Cols., Robert A. Fulton, Preston R. Galloway; Majs., Harrison S. Cox, Ephraim C. Dawes. This regiment was organized at Camp Diamond, Jackson, from Oct. 5, 1861, to Feb. 5, 1862, and mustered in for three years. On Feb. 16 it embarked on a steamboat at Portsmouth, O., and proceeded to Paducah, Ky., where it was assigned to the 3d brigade of Sherman's division. It maintained itself tolerably during the battle of Shiloh, several of the companies keeping in almost perfect order all the time. After the battle it remained in camp, engaged in drilling, until April 29, when it advanced and took part in the siege of Corinth. During the following year it was employed in doing guard duty, building bridges, etc., and in June, 1863, was sent to the vicinity of Vicksburg. It met the enemy at the Black river, but after a little skirmishing retired to Jackson. It assisted in the capture of that city and then returned to the Black river and went into camp. It was transferred to eastern Tennessee and participated in the battle of Missionary ridge. In Jan., 1863, almost every man in the regiment reenlisted and after its furlough home was present at the beginning of the Atlanta campaign. It participated in the fighting at Resaca and Dallas ; suffered severely in the engagement at Kennesaw mountain, but after winning a position in a hand-to-hand fight, held it for the remainder of the day under a terrific fire of shot and shell. It was engaged at Ruff's mill, being for an hour exposed to a heavy fire of grape and shrapnel. It skirmished continually during the siege of Atlanta, was closely engaged at Ezra Church and again on the Macon railroad. It marched with Sherman to Savannah, shared in the capture of Fort McAllister, and then after remaining on duty a few weeks embarked for South Carolina. At the North Edisto river it assisted in driving the enemy from his intrenchments. It then continued the march through the Carolinas, then to Washington, and after the grand review was sent to Arkansas, on guard duty, where it was mustered out on Aug. 11, 1865. Its losses in battle were 60 killed and 264 wounded.

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

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