21st Ohio Infantry

compiled by Larry Stevens

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Pvt. Simon Pressler
Company E. 21st OVI
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Organized at Camp Taylor, April 27, 1861, under Colonel Jesse S. Norton the 21st was active in West Virginia until its three month term of service expired. It re-organized September 18th, 1861, at Findlay and left for Kentucky. It served at Stone River, and performed gallant duty at Chickamauga. After serving at Mission Ridge, the Regiment re-enlisted and participated in Sherman's Atlanta campaign. The 21st marched through Georgia and the Carolinas and on to Washington, taking part in the Grand Review. It was discharged from the army and paid on July 28th, 1865.

From Dyer's Compendium

21st Regiment Infantry (3 Months). Organized at Camp Taylor, Cleveland, Ohio, and mustered in April 27, 1861. Moved to Gallipolis, Ohio, May 23, and duty there till July. Attached to Cox's Kanawha Brigade, West Virginia, to August. Reconnoissance up the Kanawha River July 7. Expedition to Guyandotte July 9 (Co. "F"). Scarey Creek July 14-17. Mustered out August 12, 1861.

21st Regiment Infantry (3 Years). Organized at Findlay, Ohio, and mustered in September 19, 1861. Left State for Nicholasville, Ky., October 2. Attached to Thomas' Command, Army of the Ohio, to November, 1861. 9th Brigade, Army of the Ohio, to December, 1861. 9th Brigade, 3rd Division, Army of the Ohio, to July, 1862. 7th Independent Brigade, Army of the Ohio, to September, 1862. 7th Brigade, 8th Division, Army of the Ohio, to November, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, Center 14th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to January, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 14th Army Corps, to October, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 14th Army Corps, to June, 1865. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 14th Army Corps, to July, 1865.
SERVICE.--Action at Ivy's Mountain, Ky., November 8, 1861. Try Mountain and Piketown November 8-9. Duty at Bacon Creek and Green River, Ky., till February, 1862. Advance on Bowling Green, Ky., February 10-15, and on Nashville, Tenn., February 22-25. Occupation of Nashville February 25-March 17. Advance on Murfreesboro, Tenn., March 17-19. Advance on Huntsville, Ala., April 4-11. Capture of Huntsville April 11. (Pittinger's Raid or Andrews Raid on Georgia State Railroad April 7-12, Detachment). Near Pulaski May 1. At Athens May 28 to August 28. Action on Richland Creek near Pulaski August 27. March to Nashville August 29-September 2. Siege of Nashville September 12-November 7. Murfreesboro Road November 8. Advance on Murfreesboro December 26-30. Battle of Stone's River December 30-31, 1862, and January 1-3, 1863. Duty at Murfreesboro till June. Middle Tennessee or Tullahoma Campaign June 23-July 7. Occupation of Middle Tennessee till August 16. Passage of Cumberland Mountains and Tennessee River and Chickamauga (Ga.) Campaign August 16-September 22. Davis Cross Roads or Dug Gap September 11. Battle of Chickamauga, Ga., September 19-21. Siege of Chattanooga, Tenn., September 24-November 23. Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign November 23-27. Orchard Knob November 23-24. Mission Ridge November 25. Pursuit to Graysville November 26-27. Rossville Gap November 26. Regiment reenlisted January 1, 1864. Reconnoissance of Dalton, Ga., February 22-27, 1864 (Non-Veterans). Rocky Face Ridge and Buzzard's Roost Gap February 23-25 (Non-Veterans). Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign May 1 to September 8. Demonstrations on Rocky Face Ridge May 8-11. Buzzard's Roost Gap May 8-9. Battle of Resaca May 14-15. Advance on Dallas May 18-25. Operations on line of Pumpkin Vine Creek and battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills May 25-June 5. Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10-July 2, Pine Hill June 11-14. Lost Mountain June 15-17. Assault on Kenesaw June 27. Ruff's Station July 4. Chattahoochie River July 5-17. Vining Station July 9-11. Peach Tree Creek July 19-20. Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25. Utoy Creek August 5-7. Flank movement on Jonesboro August 25-30. Operations against Hood in North Georgia and North Alabama April 29-November 3. Near Atlanta October 2. March to the sea November 15-December 10. Jacksonboro December 11. Siege of Savannah December 10-21. Campaign of the Carolinas January to April, 1865. Taylor's Hole Creek, Averysboro, N. C., March 16. Battle of Bentonville, N. C., March 19-21. Occupation of Goldsboro March 24. Advance on Raleigh April 10-14. Occupation of Raleigh April 14. Bennett's House April 26. Surrender of Johnston and his army. March to Washington, D.C., via Richmond, Va., April 29-May 19. Grand Review May 24. Moved to Louisville, Ky., June, and duty t here till July. Mustered out July 25, 1865. Regiment lost during service 6 Officers and 166 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 218 Enlisted men by disease. Total 392.

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

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