Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A Little Bit More on the 76th Ohio

A few posts ago, I was writing about the 76th Ohio's reunions.  I didn't know much about them during the war, so did a little more research and found they were 'home."

The 76th was organized at Camp Sherman at Newark, Ohio, in 1861.

They were at Fort Donelson and the Battle of Shiloh.  At one point, they captured the steamer Fairplay.  How an army regiment captured a boat would be an interesting story, but I haven't been able to find anything about that feat other than just that the 76th captured it.  I will do an entry on the USS Fairplay on my Navy Blog today.

  Then, they were at the Siege of Vicksburg and the Atlanta Campaign.  On November 27, 1863, they fought at Ringgold Gap in Georgia where the 1st Arkansas captured their flag after 8 color bearers were shot sown in some very bitter fighting.  That flag was returned September 20, 1913.
 After Atlanta, the 76th joined Sherman for his March to the Sea and across the Carolinas.

In 1865, they were at the Battle of Bentonville in North Carolina March 19 to 21 and then occupied Goldsboro (where I was born).

During the war, the regiment fought in 47 battles and marched 9,625 miles losing 351 dead and 241 wounded.  Of 1500 members, only 400 mustered out.

A Unit That Saw Plenty Action.  --Old Secesh

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