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56th Ohio Regiment Infantry

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56th Ohio Infantry Soldier Roster - Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866, Volume 5, 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-sixth Infantry. Cols., Peter Kinney, William H. Raynor; Lieut.-Cols., Sampson E. Varner, Henry E. Jones; Maj., Charles F. Reiniger. This regiment was organized at Camp Morrow, in Oct. and Dec, 1861, to serve for three years. The original members (except veterans) were mustered out at different dates in Nov. and Dec, 1864, by reason of expiration of term of service, and the organization, composed of veterans and recruits, was consolidated into a battalion of three companies. A new company was organized at Columbus, Nov. 23, 1864, to serve for one year and assigned as Co. D, which was mustered out Nov. 22, 1865, by reason of expiration of term of service. The remaining three companies were retained in service until April 25, 1866, when they were mustered out in accordance with orders from the war department. The following is an official list of battles, in which this regiment bore an honorable part, as given by the Official Army Register, part V, page 139: Shiloh, Tenn. ; Corinth, Port Gibson, Champion's hill, Big Sand run, Siege of Vicksburg, Jackson, Miss. ; Carrion Crow bayou, New Iberia, Sabine cross-roads, Monett's ferry, Snaggy point, Dunn's bayou, La. In the battle of Port Gibson the regiment charged and captured 2 guns and 125 prisoners in the face of two Confederate regiments, with a loss of 40 killed and wounded. In the battle of Champion's hill it again distinguished itself, losing 135, killed, wounded and prisoners. In the battle of Sabine cross-roads the regiment lost 40 killed, wounded and missing.

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

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