86th Ohio Infantry

compiled by Larry Stevens

References for this Unit


There were two organizations of this number-the first under Colonel Barnabas Burns was mustered in for three months on the 11th of June, 1862, and operated in West Virginia guarding the Railroad until mustered out September 25, 1862. The second organization for six months service was completed in July, 1863, under Colonel Wilson C. Lemert, and took the field against John Morgan, who was then raiding Ohio. After the capture, the Regiment moved to Kentucky and marched to Cumberland Gap with Colonel DeCourcy's forces, resulting in the capture of that point with near 3,000 prisoners. The 86th garrisoned the place until January, when it returned to Ohio, and was mustered out February 10, 1864.

From Dyer's Compendium

86th Regiment Infantry. Organized at Camp Chase, Ohio, for three months' service, June 10, 1862. Moved to Clarksburg, W. Va., June 16-17, and assigned to Kelly's Railroad Command, June 19. Railroad guard duty at Clarksburg June 17 to August 21. Companies "A," "C," "H" and "I" on duty at Parkersburg July 27 to August 21. Expedition from Clarksburg to Huttonville to intercept raid by Jenkins August 21-25. Garrison duty at Clarksburg, also constructing fortifications and guarding stores August 25 to September 17. Ordered to Camp Delaware, Ohio, September 17, and mustered out September 25.

86th Regiment Infantry Reorganized. Organized at Camp Cleveland, Ohio, and mustered in for six months' service July 17, 1863. Moved to Zanesville, Ohio, July 19. Expedition from Zanesville to Eagleport, Ohio, to intercept Morgan July 20-24. Skirmish at Eagleport July 20. Expedition from Zanesville to Cambridge, Ohio, in pursuit of Morgan July 19-25. Skirmish near New Lisbon July 26. Capture of Gen. Morgan's Command near Salineville July 26. Moved to Camp Nelson, Ky., August 8-11. Attached to DeCourcy's Brigade, Willcox's Left Wing forces, 23rd Army Corps, Dept. of Ohio, to October, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 9th Army Corps, Dept. Ohio, to February, 1864.
SERVICE.--Expedition under DeCourcy to Cumberland Gap August 17-September 7, 1863. Operations about Cumberland Gap September 7-10. Capture of Cumberland Gap September 9. Occupation of Rocky Fort September 9. Garrison at Cumberland Gap September 9, 1863, to January 16, 1864. March to Nicholasville, Ky., January 16-23, thence moved to Cleveland, Ohio, January 23-26. Mustered out February 10, 1864. Regiment lost during service by disease 37 Enlisted men.

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

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