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Col. John F. DeCourcey Lt. Col. Philip Kershner
Col. John F. DeCourcey 1861 - 1864 Lt. Col. Philip Kershner

"Splendid regiment, splendid regiment, does my soul good to see such a regiment - makes my eyes water to look at them."
General Fitz Henry Warren, pointing to the 16th Ohio on parade, January 16, 1864, near Indianola, Texas.    Read more in Linn Diary.

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Quick Links: Searchable Roster Day By Day Battles Soldiers' Images Soldiers' Profiles Reunions Laid To Rest Descendants & Friends

150 Years Ago Today About 90-day and 3-year Regiments

What's New
Just Added! New Day By Day entries describing the regiment's return home from war, October 6 through 14, 1864, when they arrived back in Columbus, Ohio.
Just Added! Final chapter of Cpl. Wolbach's "Camp and Field" articles added.
Technical Upgrade   This website is in the process of a technical upgrade, converting to HTML 5/CSS 3, incorporating elements of responsive web design.

Welcome Pages
Web Page Explanation and Dedication soldier guarding camp painting of 16th OVI battle flag
On-Going Research and Upcoming Features
Descendants and Friends of the 16th O.V.I.

Regimental History and Statistics
90 Day Regiment
16th Ohio Infantry - from Official Roster of Ohio Soldiers
Three Year Regiment
History of the 16th Ohio Volunteer Infantry
Organizational History
Wolbach's Camp & Field: A Detailed History Best Read!
Day By Day Account
The Regimental Reunion Page
Both Formations (90-day and Three Year)
Company Histories and Anecdotes
Regimental Roster Searchable Database
Regimental Roster Static Pages
Interesting Facts and Stories
Honor Roll of Those Who Died
Soldiers' Profile Page
Laid to Rest - Grave information    653 soldiers



29th Reunion Pin
Canton, Ohio August 3-4, 1904

Company "K" Reunion Ribbon

Only known group photo from 16th OVI - Identified soldiers from Company B:
Sgt. Silas Corn seated second from left; Pvt. Thomas Miller standing right

Soldiers 200 images of over 158 16th OVI soldiers!
Monuments John DeCourcey & Philip Kershner
   Lt. Col. Philip Kershner and Col. John F. DeCourcey
Original Regimental Documents
Battle Flags
Lithograph of 16th Ohio on Cheat River
Hand drawn maps of Cumberland Gap by Sgt. William Buchanan, Co. B
Gravesites of 16th OVI Heroes Grave information for 653 soldiers!
Regimental Reunion Images
Cumberland Gap, KY
Map of Cumberland Gap, June 5, 1862

Regimental Documents and Compiled Information
Discharge Certificates - Company K August 18, 1861
Tally of Nominations for Captain September 13, 1861
Appointment to Second Lieutenant September 30, 1861
Statement of Food Sold to 16th OVI December 16, 1861
List of Ordnance and Ordnance Stores June 7, 1862
Muster Rolls - Company D February 28, 1863
List of Ordnance and Ordnance Stores January 28, 1864
Invitation to Company "K" Reunion on October 7 September 14, 1882
Millton Mills over Libby Prison
Personal Papers of Major Milton Mills
A Profile of Milton Mills...
Recommendation for Promotion January 28, 1864
Resignation from 16th OVI February 12, 1864
Appointment to Captain, Hancock's First Corps December 24, 1864
Special Authorization for Recruitment February 11, 1865
Affidavit of William H. Ruckle April 18, 1865
Receipt for Property Returned May 3, 1865
Letter from Philip Kershner June 30, 1889
Letter from Benjamin Heckert December 21, 1904
Excerpts from Diaries 1857 to 1864

90-day Regiment
First Movement Into the Confederacy - May 28, 1861
Battle of Philippi or The Philippi Races - June 3, 1861
Three Year Regiment
Cumberland Gap Campaign - Spring & Summer, 1862
Battle of Tazewell, Tennessee - August 6, 1862
Kanawha Expedition - October 21 to November 13, 1862
Battle of Chickasaw Bayou - December 26-29, 1862
Battle of Arkansas Post - January 9-11, 1863
Battle of Thompson's Hill (Port Gibson) - May 1, 1863
Battle of Champion's Hill - May 16, 1863
Battle of Big Black River Bridge - May 17, 1863
First Assault on Vicksburg - May 19, 1863
Second Assault on Vicksburg - May 22, 1863
Siege of Vicksburg - May 23 to July 4, 1863
Surrender of Vicksburg - July 4, 1863
Siege of Jackson - July 10-17, 1863
Second Bayou Teche Campaign or Texas Overland Expedition - October 3 to November 17, 1863
The Texas Coast Expedition - November 2, 1863 to April 17, 1864
Red River Campaign - March 10 (16th Ohio joined April 24) to May 22, 1864
Battle of Yellow Bayou - May 18, 1864    under construction

Transportation Index
Information and Images of Transportation Used or Encountered

Soldier's Letter Index
Letters From and To the Soldiers    37 letters

Diaries, Notes and Letters
Story of 3-year 16th OVI by Cpl. Theodore Wolbach, Company E October, 1861 to January 1, 1863 Diary of Major Milton Mills (1 of 2)
Capt. Milton Mills diary

Pvt. Peter Perrine diary

Military notes of Lt. John M. Boling, Company B 1862-1863
Diary Images of Capt. Cushman Cunningham, Company B 1863
Diary Excerpt of Sgt. John C. Hall, Company C September 10 & 20, 1861
Journal of Pvt. Samuel Lay Jacoby, Company K April 24, 1861 to July 31, 1861
Diary and Letters of Thomas B. Linn, Drummer, Field & Staff July, 1863 to January, 1864
Diary Images and Transcript of Pvt. Peter Perrine, Company C September, 1861 to July, 1864
Diary of Cpl. William Warner Reid, Company C September, 1861 to July, 1864
Diary Images and Transcript of Pvt. Peter Shelly, Company I September, 1862 to August, 1865
Letters from the 16th OVI to the Tuscarawas Advocate March, 1862 to March, 1863
Farewell Address to Company K from Ben Roy Shaw October 8, 1861

Ohio Civil War Related Links With Additional References to the 16th OVI
History of the 42nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry by Pvt. Frank Holcomb Mason, Company A, 42nd OVI
Chickasaw Bayou Battlefield - Modern Day Photos from CivilWarAlbum.com by Bruce Schultze
16th Ohio Regimental History by Larry Stevens
Ohio in the Civil War by Larry Stevens
Camp Dennison Ohio
James River Publications - Regimental Information - Ohio
Ohio Genealogy Express - Ashland County - 16th OVI

Research Links for Ohio and Civil War
Ohio Historical Society - Archives Page
Ohio Historical Society - "Fight for the Colors" - view hundreds of Civil War battle flags
National Archives (U.S.) - Civil War
U. S. Army Military History Institute

General Civil War Related Links
24th Michigan Volunteer Infantry by Rob Richardson
28th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry by Kent Peterson
3rd Kentucky and other Union Kentucky Regiments by Wayne Fielder
Civil War Virtual Archives Ring

16th O.V.I. Site Awards
Poetry and Music of the War Between the States Hart Enterprises Fly With the Eagles Award
Military Units - Union

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