44th Ohio Infantry

compiled by Larry Stevens

References for this Unit

1st Lt. Hezakiah Winger Co D
Captain Nicholas Badger Co C
2nd Lt. Joseph Badger Co C
Courtesy of and Copyright © L.M. Strayer Collection


Organized in October, 1861, under Colonel Samuel A. Gilbert, it moved into West Virginia and operated until September, 1862 - having frequent engagements with the enemy - when it moved to Kentucky. In December the men were mounted as cavalry and operated against John Morgan. It joined Burnside's advance into East Tennessee, and in January, 1864, the Regiment re-enlisted as veterans providing it should be mounted as cavalry. When it again assembled, after a furlough home, it was designated as the 8th Ohio Cavalry; in the sketch of which organization, its further history will be found.

From Dyer's Compendium

44th Regiment Infantry. Organized at Springfield, Ohio, September 12 to October 14, 1861. Ordered to Camp Piatt, W. Va., October 14. Attached to Benham's Brigade, District of the Kanawha, West Virginia, October, 1861. 1st Brigade, District of the Kanawha, West Virginia, to March, 1862. 3rd Brigade, Kanawha Division, West Virginia, to September, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, Army of Kentucky, Dept. of the Ohio, to January, 1863. 1st Brigade, District of Central Kentucky, Dept. of the Ohio, to June, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 23rd Army Corps, Dept. of the Ohio, to July, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 4th Division, 23rd Army Corps, to August, 1863. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 23rd Army Corps, to January, 1864.
SERVICE.--Operations in the Kanawha Valley and New River Region, West Virginia, October 19-November 16, 1861. Duty at Camp Piatt, W. Va., till May, 1862. Action at Chapmansville April 18. Moved to Gauley Bridge May 1. Expedition to Lewisburg and Jackson River Depot May 12-23. Jackson River Depot May 20. Action at Lewisburg May 23. Moved to Meadow Bluffs May 29, and duty there till August. Expedition to Salt Sulphur Springs June 22-25. Scout from Meadow Bluffs to Greenbrier River August 2-5 (Cos. "F," "G" and "K"). Greenbrier River August 3. Near Cannelton September 1. Campaign in the Kanawha Valley September 6-16. Camp Tompkins September 9. Miller's Ferry and Gauley Bridge September 11. Near Cannellton September 12. Charleston September 13. Point Pleasant September 20. Ordered to Covington, Ky., September 27. Brookville September 28. Moved to Lexington, Ky., October 6. To Richmond December 1, thence to Danville, Ky., December 20. Regiment mounted at Frankfort, Ky. Operations in Central Kentucky against Cluke's forces February 18-March 5, 1863. Action at Slate Creek, near Mr. Sterling, February 24. Stoner's Bridge February 24. Hazel Green March 9 and 19. Operations against Pegram March 22-April 1. Hickman's Bridge March 28. Dutton's Hill, Somerset, March 30. Expedition to Monticello and operations in Southeastern Kentucky April 26-May 12. Barboursville April 27. Monticello May 1. Saunder's Raid into East Tennessee June 14-24. Pine Mountain June 16. Big Creek Gap June 17. Knoxville June 19-20. Strawberry Plains, Rogers' Gap and Powder Springs Gap, June 20. Williams' Gap and Powell Valley June 22. Rogers' Gap June 26. Operations against Scott July 22-27. Williamsburg July 25 (Detachment). Loudoun July 26. Richmond and Manchester Cross Roads July 27. Burnside's Campaign in East Tennessee August 16-October 17. Expedition to Cumberland Gap September 4-7. Operations about Cumberland Gap September 7-10. Cumberland Iron Works September 23. Blue Springs October 10. Knoxville Campaign November 4-December 23. Siege of Knoxville November 17-December 5. Bean's Station December 14. Designation of Regiment changed to 8th Ohio Cavalry January 4, 1864. (For losses, etc., see 8th Ohio Cavalry.)

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

More about the Civil War in Ohio.

Copyright © 1995 Larry Stevens

Last updated September 9 2008