60th Ohio Infantry

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60th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry
Active February 25, 1862 to November 10, 1862
February 1864 to July 28, 1865
Country United States
Allegiance Union
Branch Infantry
Engagements Battle of Cross Keys
Battle of Harpers Ferry
Battle of the Wilderness
Battle of Spotsylvania Court House
Battle of Totopotomoy Creek
Battle of Cold Harbor
Siege of Petersburg
Battle of the Crater
Appomattox Campaign
Third Battle of Petersburg

The 60th Ohio Volunteer Infantry (or 60th OVI) was an infantry regiment in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

First organization[edit]

The 60th Ohio Infantry was first organized in Gallipolis, Ohio and mustered in for three years service on February 25, 1862 under the command of Colonel William H. Trimble.

The regiment was unattached, Kanawha District, West Virginia, to April 1862. Cluserett's Advance Brigade, Department of the Mountains, to June 1862. Piatt's Brigade, 1st Division, I Corps, Army of Virginia, to September 1862. Miles' Command, Harpers Ferry, Virginia, September 1862.

The regiment served duty at Franklin May 25, 1862. Participated in the pursuit of Jackson up the Shenandoah Valley June. Mt. Carmel Road, near Strasburg, June 1. Strasburg and Staunton Road June 1-2. Harrisonburg June 6. Battle of Cross Keys June 9. Moved to Strasburg June 19-22, then to Middletown June 24, and duty there until July. At Winchester, Va., until September 2. Evacuation of Winchester September 2, and retreat to Harpers Ferry. Defense of Harpers Ferry September 11-15. Bolivar Heights September 14.

The regiment surrendered September 15, paroled as prisoners of war September 16, and sent to Annapolis, Maryland, then to Camp Douglas, Chicago, Illinois. The 60th Ohio Infantry mustered out of service November 10, 1862.


During its first service, the regiment lost at total of 42 men; 1 officer and 9 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, 2 officers and 30 enlisted men due to disease.

Second organization[edit]

The 60th Ohio Infantry was reorganized in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio February through April 1864 under the command of Lieutenant Colonel James N. McElroy. It did not reach a strength of ten companies until February 1865.

The regiment was attached to 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, IX Corps, Army of the Potomac, to September 1864. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, IX Corps, to July 1865.

Left Ohio for Alexandria, Va., April 21, 1864. Campaign from the Rapidan to the James River, Va., May 3-June 15, 1864. Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7. Spotsylvania May 8-12. Ny River May 10. Spotsylvania Court House May 12-21. Assault on the Salient May 12. North Anna River May 23-26. Ox Ford May 23-24. On line of the Pamunkey May 26-28. Totopotomoy May 28-31. Cold Harbor June 1-12. Bethesda Church June 1-3. Before Petersburg June 16-18. Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864 to April 2, 1865. Mine Explosion July 30, 1864. Six-Mile House, Weldon Railroad, August 18-21. Poplar Springs Church September 29-October 2. Reconnaissance on Vaughan and Squirrel Level Road October 8. Boydton Plank Road, Ratcher's Run, October 27-28. (Company K organized November and December 1864); 9th and 10th Independent Companies Sharpshooters as Companies G and H, February 25, 1865.) Fort Stedman March 25, 1865. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. Assault on and fall of Petersburg April 2. Occupation of Petersburg April 3. Pursuit of Lee April 3-9. Surrender of Lee and his army at Appomattox Court House April 9. Moved to Alexandria, Va., April 21-28. Duty there and at Washington, D.C., until July. Grand Review of the Armies at Washington May 23.


The reorganized regiment lost a total of 243 men during service; 3 officers and 110 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, 130 enlisted men died of disease.

Notable members[edit]

  • Private John H. Wageman, Company I - Medal of Honor recipient for action during the siege of Petersburg, Virginia, June 17, 1864

See also[edit]


  • 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
  • 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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