53rd Ohio Infantry
compiled by Larry Stevens
References for this Unit
- see also Bibliography of State-Wide References
- Ohio In The War-Volume II. Whitelaw Reid. Moore, Wilstach & Baldwin. Cincinnati 1868
- Battle of Pittsburg Landing - Volunteers of Ohio : Remarks of Hon. John Sherman, of Ohio, in Senate of the United States, May 9, 1862. John Sherman 1823 - 1900. 8 pgs. Scammell & Co Printers. Washington. 1862. Call# 973.7326 Sh55b. Ohio Historical Society. Columbus. Ohio
- In Memoriam, William Blackford Stephenson. Ephraim C. Dawes. Peter G. Thompson. Cincinnati. Ohio. 1879. 8 pgs. 4 photocopied pages. E525D39.l879. USAMHI. Carlisle Barracks. PA.
- The Confederate Strength in the Atlanta Campaign. Ephraim C. Dawes. 53rd OVI. Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. v. 4. p. 281 - 283. 1887
- Strength of the Confederate Army at Gettysburg. Ephraim C. Dawes. Century Magazine v. XXXVIII. p. 309 - 310. 1889
- How a Great Battle Was Begun. The Fight of Ezra Chapel by Gen. Wells S. Jones. Wells S. Jones. pg. 131. The Ohio Soldier. Number 123. Volume 4. Number 9. December 6, 1890
Reprint: How a Great Battle Was Begun. The Fight at Ezra Chapel. Wells S. Jones. pg. 5. American Tribune. Volume X. Number 43. January 30, 1891
- A Hero of the War. Eulogy of James R. Percy. by Ephraim C. Dawes. In G.A.R. War Papers. Fred C. Jones Post. Cincinnati. Ohio. 1891. pp. 293 - 298. 4 photocopied pages. E464G72v1. USAMHI. Carlisle Barracks. PA.
- A Hero of the War. by Ephraim C. Dawes. pgs. 241-242. The Ohio Soldier. Number 156. Volume 5. Number 16. March 12, 1892
- In Memoriam - Col. Robert E. Phillips. Anonymous. pg. 272. The Ohio Soldier. Number 157. Volume 5. Number 17. March 26, 1892
- In Memoriam Ephraim Cutler Dawes. Anonymous. pg. 345. The Ohio Soldier and National Picket Gaurd. Number 235. Volume 8. Number 22. June 1, 1895
- Ephraim Cutler Dawes. Anonymous. 10 pgs. NP. 1895. CSmH
- My First Day Under Fire at Shiloh. Ephraim C. Dawes. Sketches of War History. MOLLUS. Ohio. Vol. 4. Robert Clarke. Cincinnati. Ohio. 1896. pgs. 1 - 22. 12 photocopied pages. E464M5.1991v4. USAMHI. Carlisle Barracks. PA.
- The Army of the Tennessee. Ephraim C. Dawes. Sketches of War History. MOLLUS. Ohio. Vol. 4. Robert Clarke. Cincinnati. Ohio. 1896. pgs. 411 - 417. 4 photocopied pages. E464M5.1991v4. USAMHI. Carlisle Barracks. PA.
- History of the Fifty - third Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, during the War of the Rebellion, 1861 to 1865, together with more than thirty personal sketches of officers and men. John K. Duke Co. F 53rd O.V.V.I. The Blade Printing Co. Portsmouth. Ohio. 1900
- National Tribune. Torpedos at Fort McAllister. E.A. Weekley. December 27, 1906
- Filled With Vicissitudes. Ups and Downs in the History of the 53rd Ohio, from Shiloh to the Grand Review. A Regiment which Splendidly Retrieved its First Mistakes. Frank M. Lewis. pgs. 18-33. The National Tribune Repository Volume I. Number I. The National Tribune Co. Washington D.C. 1907
- The Battle of Shiloh. Ephraim C. Dawes. In Papers of the Mil Hist Soc of MA. Vol. 7. By the Society. Boston. 1908. pgs. 101 - 71. 36 photocopied pages. E470M65v7. USAMHI. Carlisle Barracks. PA.
- National Tribune. Col. Opdycke's Horse. J.R. Rathburn. September 24, 1914. Peach Tree Creek
- National Tribune. Sherman at Shiloh. J.C. Foster. May 1, 1924
- Major Ephraim C. Dawes of the 53d Ohio Volunteers and the Battle of Dallas, Georgia, May 28, 1864. Compiled by Harriett D. Wilson. At head of text: The Accounting by Ephraim C. Dawes. Includes bibliography, footnotes, and notes. 36 pgs. Crum Letter Service. Elmhurst. Illinois. 1967. Call# 973.781 D32la. Ohio Historical Society. Columbus. Ohio
- 'the Rebels are crossing the field!' First Day at Shiloh : An Eyewitness Account. Ephraim C. Dawes. CWTI 7. Feb. 1969. pgs. 4 - 9 & 44 - 48. 11 photocopied pages. Per. USAMHI. Carlisle Barracks. PA.
- "An Indomitable Will : Major Ephraim Cutler Dawes" by L.J. Kozlowski. Timeline. June - July. Vol. 9. No. 3. 1992. A Publication of the Ohio Historical Society. Columbus. Ohio
- Unit Bibliography. U.S. Army Military History Institute. Carlisle Barracks. PA. 1995
- Narrow Escape Story #11. In Rifle Pits. by John E. Stewart. Co G. 53rd OVI. Ironton Register. Thursday. January 27 1887. Transcribed by Sharon M. Kouns. 1998
- Narrow Escape Story #21. Who Killed General Johnson? by Peter Kingry. Co. G. 53rd OVI. Ironton Register. April 7 1887. Transcribed by Karen Carlyle. 1998
- 53rd OVI Monument. Vicksburg National Military Park. 3201 Clay Street. Vicksburg. MS. 39180. 1998
- Three Days at Shiloh: An Historical Perspective on the 53rd OVI. Earl S. Elliott Jr. 86 pgs. Paperback. iUniverse. Lincoln. Nebraska. 2003
- Campaigns of the 53rd OVI: After the Battle of Shiloh, Tennessee: Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Atlanta, Savannah and the Carolinas. Earl S. Elliott Jr. 124 pgs. Paperback. iUniverse. Lincoln. Nebraska. 2005
HistoryThis Regiment was organized in January, 1862, under Colonel J.J. Appler, who having resigned, was succeeded by Colonel W.S. Jones. The 53d took the field in February, joining General W.T. Sherman's Division; it went into camp near Shiloh Church, and sustained disaster in that sanguinary battle. It took part in the investment of Corinth, and after the evacuation marched westward to Holly Springs and then to Memphis; and in November advanced as far as Copperville, in Mississippi. In June, 1863, the Regiment joined Grant's army in the investment of Vicksburg, and after the surrender pursued Johnston to Jackson. In October it returned to Memphis and marched across the country to Chattanooga, taking part in the assault upon Mission Ridge, and after moving into East Tennessee returned and went into camp at Scottsboro, Alabama, where the veterans were furloughed. It joined Sherman's Atlanta campaign in May, 1864, taking part in all the battles to Atlanta. After pursuing Hood into Northern Alabama it returned south and marched to the Sea. It shared in the capture of Fort McAllister and moved through the Carolinas, then north to Washington; and after the close of the war went to Arkansas, where it was mustered out August 16, 1865. This Regiment lost over 300 men in killed and wounded during its term of service.
From Dyer's Compendium53rd Regiment Infantry. Organized at Jackson, Ohio, September 3, 1861, to February 11, 1862. Ordered to Paducah, Ky., February 16. Attached to District of Paducah, Ky., to March, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 5th Division, Army of the Tennessee, to July, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 5th Division, District of Memphis, Tenn., to November, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 5th Division, Right Wing 13th Army Corps (Old), Dept. of the Tennessee, November, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, District of Memphis, 13th Army Corps, to December, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 17th Army Corps, to January, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 16th Army Corps. to July, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 4th Division, 15th Army Corps, to May, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 15th Army Corps, to July, 1865. Dept. of Arkansas to August, 1865.
SERVICE.--Moved from Paducah, Ky., to Savannah, Tenn., March 6-10, 1862. Expedition to Yellow Creek, Miss., and occupation of Pittsburg Landing, Tenn., March 14-17. Expedition toward Eastport, Miss., April 1-2. Battle of Shiloh, Tenn., April 6-7. Corinth Road, Monterey, April 8. Advance on and siege of Corinth, Miss., April 29-May 30. March to Memphis, Tenn., via Moscow, Lafayette, Grand Junction and Holly Springs, June 1-July 21. Duty at Memphis and along Memphis & Charleston Railroad till November. Grant's Central Mississippi Campaign. Operations on the Mississippi Central Railroad to the Yockna River November, 1862, to January, 1863. Moved to LaGrange, Tenn., January, 1863, and duty there till June. Moved to Memphis, thence to Young's Point, La., June 9-12. Siege of Vicksburg, Miss., June 12-July 4. Advance on Jackson, Miss., July 4-10. Bolton's Ferry July 4-6. Siege of Jackson July 10-17. Camp at Big Black till September 26. Moved to Memphis, thence march to Chattanooga, Tenn., September 26-November 20. Operations on Memphis & Charleston Railroad in Alabama October 20-29. Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign November 23-27. Tunnel Hill November 23-24. Mission Ridge November 25. March to relief of Knoxville, Tenn., November 28-December 28. Duty at Scottsboro, Ala., till March, 1864. Veterans on furlough till April. Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign May to September. Demonstrations on Resaca May 8-13. Near Resaca May 13. 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. Bush Mountain June 15. Assault on Kenesaw June 27. Nickajack Creek July 2-5. Ruff's Mills July 3-4. Chattahoochie River July 6-17. Battle of Atlanta July 22. Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25. Ezra Chapel, Hood's 2nd sortie. July 28. Flank movement on Jonesboro August 25-30. Near Jonesboro August 30. Battle of Jonesboro August 31-September 1. Lovejoy Station September 2-6. Operations against Hood in North Georgia and North Alabama September 29-November 3. Turkeytown and Gadsden Road, Ala., October 25. March to the sea November 15-December 10. Siege of Savannah December 10-21. Fort McAllister December 13. Campaign of the Carolinas January to April, 1865. Salkehatchie Swamps, S.C., February 2-5. Cannon's Bridge, South Edisto River, February 8. North Edisto River February 11-13. Columbia February 16-17. Battle of Bentonville, N. C., March 20-21. 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 20. Grand Review May 24. Moved to Louisville, Ky., June, thence to Little Rock, Ark., and duty there till August. Mustered out August 11, 1865. Regiment lost during service 4 Officers and 76 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 6 Officers and 190 Enlisted men by disease. Total 276.
Thanks to Dr. Richard A. Sauers for the initial research and indexing of the National Tribune articles.
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