106th Ohio Infantry
4th German Regiment

compiled by Larry Stevens

References for this Unit

1st Lt. Henry D. Schwartz Co D 106th OVI
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Organized in September, 1862, under Colonel George B. Wright, it immediately moved into Kentucky. This Regiment was known as the 4th German Regiment, and was immediately under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Gustavus Tafel. It operated in Kentucky, mostly against Rebel cavalry, during the fall of 1862, and at Hartsville, December 7th was overwhelmed by a force of the enemy and obliged to surrender. The men were exchanged in January, 1863 and returned to Ohio. In March the Regiment was reorganized and entered the field again, operating against guerillas during the summer of 1863. In May, 1864, it marched to Bridgeport, Alabama and continued on garrison duty. During Hood's movement north it operated along the Chattanooga and Nashville Railroad. It was finally mustered out June 29, 1865.

From Dyer's Compendium

106th Regiment Infantry. Organized at Camp Dennison, Ohio, and mustered in August 26, 1862. Ordered to Covington. Ky., September 4. Defence of Covington, Ky., and Cincinnati, Ohio, against Kirby Smith's threatened attack September 4-12. Ordered to Louisville, Ky., September 18. Attached to 39th Brigade, 12th Division, Army of the Ohio, to November, 1862. District of Western Kentucky, Dept. of Ohio, to December, 1862. Prisoners of war to March, 1863. District of Western Kentucky, Dept. Ohio, to June, 1863. Post of Gallatin, Tenn., Dept. of the Cumberland, to May, 1864. Unassigned, 4th Division, 20th Army Corps, Dept. of the Cumberland, Garrison of Bridgeport, Ala., to July, 1864. 3rd Brigade, Defences of Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad, Dept. of the Cumberland, to February, 1865. Stevenson, Ala., District of North Alabama, Dept. of the Cumberland, to June, 1865.
SERVICE.--March to Frankfort, Ky., October 3-9, 1862, and duty there till October 24. March to Bowling Green, Ky., October 24-November 4, thence to Glasgow, Ky., November 10. Action near Tompkinsville November 19, Moved to Hartsville, Tenn., November 28. Battle of Hartsville December 7. Regiment captured and paroled. Exchanged January 12, 1863. At Camp Parole, Columbus, Ohio, till March. Ordered to Lexington, Ky., March 24, thence to Frankfort, and duty there till May, operating against guerrillas: Moved to Nashville, T enn., May 1-4, thence to Gallatin, Tenn., June, and guard duty along Louisville & Nashville Railroad from Nashville to borders of Kentucky till May, 1864. Butler's Mill, near Buck Lodge, June 30 (Detachment). Moved to Bridgeport, Ala., May 4, and garrison duty there till January, 1865. Skirmish at Cane Creek, Ala., June 10, 1864. At Stevenson, Ala., January to June, 1865. Mustered out June 29, 1865. Regiment lost during service 3 Officers and 27 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 21 Enlisted men by disease. Total 52.

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