161st Ohio Infantry

compiled by Larry Stevens

References for this Unit


Mustered in at Camp Chase, May 9th, 1864, 850 men, Colonel Oliver P. Taylor; the Ohio National Guard unit was ordered to Cumberland, Maryland, then to Martinsburg; June 4th five companies were sent up the Shenandoah valley with supplies for Hunter; stayed with him in his movement from Lexington to Lynchburg; then marched back into West Virginia, from Lynchburg to Webster, 500 miles, guarding a train of 150 wagons and ambulances, and encumbered with our sick and wounded and 150 prisoners; July 2d they returned to Martinsburg by rail, joined their regiment at Hainesville, and the same night, the regiment was ordered back to Martinsburg; under fire two days defending Maryland Heights; mustered out September 2d at Camp Chase, 831 men, Colonel Taylor commanding.

From: The Military History of Ohio. by H.H. Hardesty

From Dyer's Compendium

161st Regiment Infantry. Organized at Camp Chase, Ohio, and mustered in May 9, 1864. Left State for Cumberland, Md., May 9, and duty there till May 28. Attached to Reserve Division, Dept. of West Virginia. Moved to Martinsburg, W. Va., May 28, and assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, West Virginia. Detached June 4 and assigned to duty in charge of supply trains for Hunter's Army. Hunter's Raid on Lynchburg June 6-25. Retreat to Martinsburg June 19-25. Moved to Beverly June 28, thence to Webster June 30, and to Martinsburg July 2. Operations about Harper's Ferry July 4-7. Defence of Maryland Heights July 6-7. Duty in the Defences of Maryland Heights till August 25. Ordered home and mustered out September 2, 1864. Regiment lost during service 1 Enlisted man killed and 1 Officer and 12 Enlisted men by disease. Total 14.

Thanks to Dr. Richard A. Sauers for the initial research and indexing of the National Tribune articles.

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