47th Ohio Infantry

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47th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry
Active August 13, 1861 to August 11, 1865
Country United States
Allegiance Union
Branch Infantry
Engagements Battle of Carnifex Ferry
Siege of Vicksburg, May 19 & May 22 assaults
Siege of Jackson
Chattanooga Campaign
Battle of Missionary Ridge
Atlanta Campaign
Battle of Resaca
Battle of Dallas
Battle of New Hope Church
Battle of Allatoona
Battle of Kennesaw Mountain
Battle of Atlanta
Siege of Atlanta
Battle of Jonesboro
Battle of Lovejoy's Station
Sherman's March to the Sea
Carolinas Campaign
Battle of Bentonville

The 47th Ohio Volunteer Infantry (or 47th OVI) was an infantry regiment in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

Service[edit]

The 47th Ohio Infantry was organized at Camp Dennison near Cincinnati, Ohio and mustered in August 13, 1861 for three years service under the command of Colonel Frederick Poschner.

The regiment was attached to McCook's Brigade, Kanawha District, West Virginia, to October 1861. 1st Brigade, Kanawha Division, West Virginia, to March 1862. 2nd Brigade, Kanawha Division, West Virginia, to May 1862. 3rd Brigade, Kanawha Division, West Virginia, to August 1862. District of the Kanawha, West Virginia, Department of the Ohio, to December 1862. Ewing's Brigade, Kanawha Division, West Virginia, to January 1863. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, XV Corps, Army of the Tennessee, to October 1863. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, XV Corps, to June 1865. Department of Arkansas to August 1865.

The 47th Ohio Infantry mustered out of service at Little Rock, Arkansas on August 11, 1865.

Detailed service[edit]

Ordered to Clarksburg, Va., August 27; then moved to Weston August 29. Battle of Carnifex Ferry, Va., September 10, 1861. Advance to Camp Lookout and Big Sewell Mountain September 24–26. Retreat to Camp Anderson October 6–9. Operations in the Kanawha Valley and New River Region October 19-November 16. Moved to Gauley Bridge December 6, and duty there until April 23, 1862. Expedition to Lewisburg April 23-May 10. Moved to Meadow Bluff May 29. Expedition to Salt Sulphur Springs June 22–25. Duty there until August. Moved to Gauley Bridge, thence to Summerville September 3. Campaign in the Kanawha Valley September 6–16. Retreat to Gauley Bridge September 10. Cotton Hill, Loop Creek, and Armstrong's Creek September 11. Charleston September 12. Duty at Point Pleasant and in the Kanawha Valley until December. Ordered to Louisville, Ky., December 30; then to Memphis, Tenn., and to Young's Point, La., January 21, 1863. Expedition to Rolling Fork via Muddy, Steele's, and Black Bayous and Deer Creek March 14–27. Demonstrations on Haines and Drumgould's Bluffs April 29-May 2. Moved to Join army in rear of Vicksburg, Miss., May 2–14 via Richmond and Grand Gulf. Siege of Vicksburg May 18-July 4. Assaults on Vicksburg May 19 and 22. Advance on Jackson, Miss., July 4–10. Siege of Jackson, Miss., July 10–17. At Camp Sherman, Big Black, until September 26. Moved to Memphis, Tenn., then march to Chattanooga September 26-November 21. Operations on Memphis & Charleston Railroad in Alabama October 20–29. Bear Creek, Tuscumbia, October 27. Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign November 23–27. Tunnel Hill November 23–24. Missionary Ridge November 25. Pursuit to Graysville November 26–27. March to relief of Knoxville November 28-December 8. Return to Bellefonte, Ala., then moved to Larkins' Landing, Ala. Reconnaissance to Rome January 25-February 5, 1864. Reenlisted March 8. Veterans on furlough March 18-May 3. Atlanta 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 Kennesaw Mountain June 10-July 2. Assault on Kennesaw June 27. Nickajack Creek July 2–5. Ruff's Mills July 3–4. Chattahoochie River July 5–17. Battle of Atlanta July 22. Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25. Flank movement on Jonesboro August 25–30. Battle of Jonesboro August 31-September 1. Lovejoy's Station September 2–6. Operations against Hood in northern Georgia and northern Alabama September 29-November 3. Turkeytown and Gadsden Road 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. Cannon's Bridge, South Edisto River, S.C., February 8. North Edisto River February 12–13. Columbia February 15–17. Battle of Bentonville, N.C., March 20–21. Occupation of Goldsboro March 24. Advance on Raleigh April 10–14. Bennett's House April 26. Surrender of Johnston and his army. March to Washington, D.C., via Richmond, Va., April 29-May 30. Grand Review of the Armies May 24. Moved to Louisville, Ky., June; then to Little Rock, Ark., and duty there until August.

Casualties[edit]

The regiment lost a total of 219 men during service; 2 officers and 80 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, 1 officer and 136 enlisted men died of disease.

Commanders[edit]

  • Colonel Frederick Poschner
  • Colonel Augustus Commodore Parry

Notable members[edit]

  • Private Christian Albert, Company G - Medal of Honor recipient for action at the siege of Vicksburg, May 22, 1863
  • Private Frederick A. Ballen, Company B - Medal of Honor recipient for action during the siege of Vicksburg, May 3, 1863
  • 1st Sergeant John H. Brown, Company A - Medal of Honor recipient for action during the siege of Vicksburg, May 19, 1863
  • Assistant Surgeon Andrew Davidson - Medal of Honor recipient for action during the siege of Vicksburg, May 3, 1863
  • Corporal Richard W. De Witt, Company D - Medal of Honor recipient for action at the siege of Vicksburg, May 22, 1863
  • Private John N. Eckes, Company E - Medal of Honor recipient for action at the siege of Vicksburg, May 22, 1863
  • Private Thomas Guinn, Company D - Medal of Honor recipient for action at the siege of Vicksburg, May 22, 1863
  • Private John Hack, Company B - Medal of Honor recipient for action during the siege of Vicksburg, May 3, 1863
  • Private Addison J. Hodges, Company B - Medal of Honor recipient for action during the siege of Vicksburg, May 3, 1863
  • Corporal Henry Lewis, Company B - Medal of Honor recipient for action during the siege of Vicksburg, May 3, 1863
  • Corporal Henry H. Nash, Company B - Medal of Honor recipient for action during the siege of Vicksburg, May 3, 1863
  • Private Henry C. Peters, Company B - Medal of Honor recipient for action during the siege of Vicksburg, May 3, 1863
  • Private Peter Sype, Company B - Medal of Honor recipient for action during the siege of Vicksburg, May 3, 1863
  • Captain William Henry Ward, Company B - Medal of Honor recipient for action during the siege of Vicksburg, May 3, 1863

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Brown, Theodore F. Marching Through Georgia with Sherman from Atlanta to the Sea: Address Delivered at the Twenty-Third Annual Reunion of the Forty-Seventh Ohio Veteran Volunteer Infantry ... September 28, 1909 (S.l.: Louis Mund), 1909.
  • Dyer, Frederick H. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion (Des Moines, IA: Dyer Pub. Co.), 1908.
  • Ohio Roster Commission. Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War on the Rebellion, 1861–1865, Compiled Under the Direction of the Roster Commission (Akron, OH: Werner Co.), 1886-1895.
  • Reid, Whitelaw. Ohio in the War: Her Statesmen, Her Generals, and Soldiers (Cincinnati, OH: Moore, Wilstach, & Baldwin), 1868. ISBN 9781154801965
  • Saunier, Joseph A. A History of the Forty-Seventh Regiment, Ohio Veteran Volunteer Infantry: Second Brigade, Second Division, Fifteenth Army Corps, Army of Tennessee (Hillsboro, OH: Press of the Lyle Printing Company), 1903.
  • Taylor, Thomas A. A Sketch of the Operations of the Forty-Seventh Ohio Volunteer Infantry from May 3, 1864 to September 8, 1864 (Cincinnati, OH: G. P. Houston), 1885.
  • Castel, Albert "Tom Taylor's War" (Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas) 2000
Attribution
  • This article contains text from a text now in the public domain: Dyer, Frederick H. (1908). A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. Des Moines, IA: Dyer Publishing Co.

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