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Col. John F. DeCourcey 16th Ohio Custom Logo Lt. Col. Philip Kershner
Col. John F. DeCourcey 1861 - 1864 Lt. Col. Philip Kershner
160th Anniversary of the Civil War - April 12, 1861
160th Anniversary of the 16th Ohio Volunteer Infantry - April 27, 1861

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 a Pvt. Thomas Linn letter.

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About 90-day and 3-year Regiments Wayne County Historical Society

What's New
Just Added!
• Full roster of soldiers' attendance at post-war reunions. Roster of 32 reunions listed includes number of soldiers attending each reunion, the Company under which they rostered and their death dates. Additional versions of this report forthcoming (to include city of residence at time of each reunion).
• Published updated database containing results of research on all soldiers. These results now reflected in Searchable Roster and Laid To Rest pages.
Recently Added!
• New Soldier's Profile of Musician Daniel S. Marshall, Company K, including images of his actual band uniform and cap!
• Image of the most important relic of the 16th Ohio still in existence - see the guidon from the Battle of Chickasaw Bayou! Read the story!
Recently Completed Work Efforts
• Completed identificaton of regimental reunion attendance by soldiers. Results added to database.
• Completed detailed research on all 2106 soldiers of the regiment finding significant information on 1628 men or 77%. Will re-review 476 soldiers where no significant biographical information was found.
Current Work Efforts
• Designing presentation of Regimental Reunion attendance data and will display on website when ready.
• Addition of many letters and newspaper articles about the 16th Ohio previously provided by contributor John Pierson but not yet published.
Upcoming Efforts
• Creation of a Captured and Imprisoned page providing details on 16th Ohio soldiers captured by Confederates.
• Addition of Day By Day entries for the 90-day regiment.

16th Ohio flags, bugle and drum
original 16th Ohio guidon from Battle of Chickasaw Bayou
painting of 16th OVI battle flag
29th Reunion Pin
29th Reunion Pin
Canton, Ohio August 3-4, 1904
Company K Reunion Ribbon
Company K Reunion Ribbon
Group Photo Company B Soldiers
Only known group photo from 16th OVI
Identified soldiers from Company B:
Sgt. Silas Corn seated second from left
Pvt. Thomas Miller standing right
John DeCourcey & Philip Kershner
Lt. Col. Philip Kershner and Col. John F. DeCourcey
Cumberland Gap, KY
Map of Cumberland Gap, June 5, 1862

Regimental Documents and Compiled Information

Company K (90-day) discharge document

Papers of Major Milton Mills

Major Milton Mills


90 Day Regiment
First Movement Into the ConfederacyMay 28, 1861
Battle of Philippi or The Philippi RacesJune 3, 1861
Three Year Regiment
Cumberland Gap CampaignSpring & Summer, 1862
Battle of TazewellAugust 6, 1862
Kanawha ExpeditionOctober 21 to November 13, 1862
Battle of Chickasaw BayouDecember 26-29, 1862
Battle of Arkansas PostJanuary 9-11, 1863
Battle of Thompson's Hill (Port Gibson)May 1, 1863
Battle of Champion's HillMay 16, 1863
Battle of Big Black River BridgeMay 17, 1863
First Assault on VicksburgMay 19, 1863
Second Assault on VicksburgMay 22, 1863
Siege of VicksburgMay 23 to July 4, 1863
Surrender of VicksburgJuly 4, 1863
Siege of JacksonJuly 10-17, 1863
Second Bayou Teche CampaignOctober 3 to November 17, 1863
The Texas Coast ExpeditionNovember 2, 1863 to April 17, 1864
Red River CampaignApril 24 to May 22, 1864
Battle of Yellow Bayou

under construction

May 18, 1864
Chickasaw Bayou Battlefield
Chickasaw Bayou Battlefield


U.S.S. Marmora
U.S.S. Mamora transported a portion of the 16th Ohio to Memphis, Tennessee,
November 1862, on its way to the Battle of Chickasaw Bayou

Soldiers' Letters

Pvt. John McClelland Envelope
Envelope of letter from Pvt. John McClelland, Company B, to his wife in Ohio
Pvt. John McClelland Envelope
Letter from Pvt. John McClelland, Company B, to his wife in Ohio

Diaries and Notes

Diary of Maj. Milton Mills
Diary of Maj. Milton Mills

Websites About Regiments Brigaded with the 16th OVI

Websites With Additional References to the 16th OVI

Primary Research Resources

American Civil War Research Database by Historical Data Systems, Inc.
FindAGrave.com by Ancestry.com
Registers of Deaths of Volunteers, 1861-1865 by Ancestry.com
Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963 by Ancestry.com
Burial Registers, Military Posts and National Cemeteries, 1862-1960 by Ancestry.com
Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866 by Hathi Trust Digital Library
Proceedings of Eleven Reunions held by the 16th Regiment, O.V.I. compiled by Enos Pierson hosted by Google Books
• Text of an additional 23 reunions held by the 16th O.V.I. provided on paper copy by website contributor H. Arlan Heiser
Camp and Field, the history of the 3-year 16th O.V.I. written by Cpl. Theodore Wolbach and provided by contributors Jean and Lee Van Brederode and Rob Garber
• Many physical documents sent directly to the website author by descendants and friends of the regiment
• Countless public and private websites, including the U.S. Library of Congress, National Park Service, National Cemetery Database, Chronicling America (USLOC) and many more.

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