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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

The author of this website for almost 20 years has avoided any commentary on current political events. The website is in honor of a band of men who were called into the defense of their nation over 150 years ago. They came from hugely diverse places, economic statuses and lifestyles, including many who were born in other countries. These patriots recognized what America gave to them, appreciated it, loved their country and willingly offered up their lives. Many died in that service and many more were forever crippled or sick.

In light of the on going and outrageous persecution of our nation's duly elected President I am no longer able to keep quiet. I believe our nation is being attacked by a dark and highly organized and funded force. That force did not anticipate the loss of the Presidency and is now actively and massively acting to destroy our President and, if need be, our nation as we know it. These forces are in near complete control of the national media, all levels of our educational system and the vast majority of our Federal elected officials and agencies. This is the "swamp" that President Trump knew was there and the swamp he aims to "drain". The reaction of that swamp, I believe, is far more radical than he expected. Decent, patriotic and good-hearted people have a hard time understanding the depth of the hate and evil possessed by the enemies of our nation and our culture. As President Trump exposes the radical left they scream and squirm not unlike hogs en route to the slaughter. But these true haters of our country can fight back and are using any and all tactics, however indecent, disgusting, dangerous and illegal they are - it makes no matter.

My name is Michael K. Wood and, until I believe the persecution of President Trump subsides, I will use this page to express my support for his presidency and to point out the continual and outrageous lies put forth by the extremist, radical left. I apologize for temporarily adding current events to this historical website and to those of you who may not support President Trump but are good Americans and love our country. This evil isn't about Democrats or Republicans, liberals or conservatives, it's about a hidden elite that wants to take this country down and they will consume us all. I urge all of you to take action. We will all suffer, as will our nation, if we don't speak up and work to stop the outrages of the radical elite. Talk to your relatives, friends, neighbors and coworkers. Do something to let others know you love your country and you've had enough and what's happening is wrong by any standard at any time in our nation's history. Please get involved and help to save our nation from those who are destroying it even as you read this.

God Bless Donald Trump!

God Bless
President Trump!

SAVE AMERICA Message of the Day

Almost every significant Confederate General, including Robert E. Lee, James Longstreet, "Stonewall" Jackson, Braxton Bragg, George Pickett, Joseph Johnston, P. T. Beauregard and J.E.B. Stuart, was a graduate of the United States Military Academy (West Point) and served in combat during the Mexican War, risking their lives to protect and promote the nation which, today, provides a home, comfort and benefits many ignorant people who have no knowledge of our history, what they are protesting and why. These destroyers of our history and culture are the very definition of the hate of which they falsely accuse others.

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.

This is a 100% non-commercial site and is provided for educational, research and entertainment purposes only. Enjoy your visit! If you would like to contribute materials (original or scanned) or other information to this website, please send an email. Contributions are greatly appreciated and will add to the growing treasure of the 16th OVI to be shared with all.

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

What's New
Just Added! Images and transcription of the full diary of Sgt. John C. Hall, Company C.
Recently Added! Image of the snare drum used by Musician Franklin Feeman, Company K.
Recently Added! 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!
Current Work Efforts
• Converting Laid To Rest static web page to dynamic, searchable database.
• Researching all soldiers' burial and related biographical information. Working on H last names. New names will appear in upcoming Laid To Rest dynamic page.
• Improving Day By Day pages for some days during the Cumberland Gap Campaign, May 22 to October 3, 1862.
Upcoming Efforts
• Addition of many letters and newspaper articles about the 16th Ohio previously provided by contributor John Pierson but not yet published.
• 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.

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


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

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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