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16th Ohio Volunteer Infantry
The Camp & Field Articles
by Cpl. Theodore David Wolbach

Cpl. Theodore Wolbach

Cpl. Theodore D. Wolbach

The "Camp & Field" articles are a series of 78 columns published in the Holmes County (Ohio) Republican newspaper between February, 24 1881, and August 17, 1882. The articles were written about 20 years after the war by Cpl. Theodore David Wolbach of Company E. The author, identified on the articles as only "Hatchet", was later determined to be Wolbach. Each column was written as a "chapter". Wolbach tells the story of the three-year 16th Ohio Volunteer Infantry from its very first days, through all its marches, camps and battles and to the day it was disbanded on October 31, 1864. Wolbach's descriptions of the every day life of a soldier during the Civil War are well written, colorful and detailed and describe the optimism, fear, triumphs, tragedies, humor and sadness experienced by the young soldiers during their historic journey.

The first 35 columns, or chapters, were donated to this site by Jean and Lee Van Brederode who found them carefully pasted over the pages of an old book titled, Mortality and Statistics of the Census of 1850. It is believed the book was owned by retired 16th Ohio Captain Rezin H. Vorhes, Company H, or a descendant of his, who used it to capture the Wolbach articles clipped from the newspaper. The Brederodes graciously donated the precious old book to this website which was otherwise unaware of this wonderful account of the regiment. The donation is deeply appreciated and provides the most detailed and accurate information on the 16th Ohio Volunteer Infantry currently known to exist and without which we may never have known the history of the regiment to this level of detail.

The first 35 chapters found in the "Vorhes book" cover the regiment from it's beginning, in October 1861, through the Cumberland Gap campaign, the Kanawha Valley campaign and its most horrific battle, the Battle of Chickasaw Bayou in December, 1862. Images of these first 35 chapters, taken directly from the pages of the Vorhees book, are published on this website and can be accessed from the index, below.

It has been long surmised and sincerely hoped that Wolbach continued his articles describing the history of the regiment after Chickasaw Bayou. Additional fortune shined on the website when Rob Garber, 3rd great nephew of 16th Ohio Captain William Buchanan, Company F, saw the images of the Wolbach articles and, through excellent and painstaking research, discovered the name of the newspaper in which the articles were published and was even able to determine an approximate date. Rob then contacted the Holmes County District Public Library in Millersburg, Ohio, and asked for help finding more of the articles. Reference Associate Denise Rovira Hazlett offered her help and worked diligently to research the articles and found them in the library's copies of The Holmes County Republican newspaper for 1881 and 1882. Denise went to work making digital images of all the newspaper pages containing the "Camp and Field" articles, amazingly, finding all but one chapter, covering the original 35 chapters plus 42 more! Denise sent the images to Rob who, after providing the website with full text transcriptions of the first 35 chapters, within a week or two, transcribed the remaining 42 supplied by Denise. We now have the entire history of the 16th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, as told by Cpl Wolbach!

Front Page Header from Holmes County Republican Newspaper

The website thanks Rob Garber for his tireless work on the "Camp and Field" article research and the donation of his time, energy and personal resources to help bring the true story of the regiment back to life.

Images of the final 42 chapters obtained from the Holmes County Library, covering the days right after the Battle of Chickasaw Bayou in December, 1862, through the battles of Arkansas Post, Thompson's Hill, Champion's Hill, Big Black River Bridge, Siege of Vicksburg, Matagorda Texas, Red River Campaign and mustering out of the regiment in October, 1864, are published on this website and can be accessed from the index, below.

The "Camp and Field" author, Theodore Wolbach, became an important photographer in Ohio after the war. He was active in the 16th Ohio reunions and took photographs of the veterans, one of which is available on this website. Wolbach was also captain of Company H, 8th Regiment, Ohio National Guard, also known as the Wadsworth Light Guards, for some time after the war. He lived in Wadsworth, Ohio, and was, for a time, mayor of that town.

Rezin Vorhes enlisted in the 16th Ohio's 90-day regiment as a private, serving from April 22 to August 18, 1861, when the unit was mustered out . He re-enlisted in the 16th Ohio's 3-year formation as a 2nd Lieutenant on November 28, 1861. He served with the regiment throughout it's term, being promoted to 1st Lieutenant and then Captain of Company H, on July 30, 1864. After the war he became a doctor and moved to Coffeyville, Kansas. He, apparently, was successful enough to not apply for a soldier's pension as no records of such have been found.

Each of the Camp and Field chapters are now available from the index, below. Selected excerpts also appear in the Day By Day section, helping to describe the events, dates, people and places relating to the Regiment on a particular day.

Sometimes it seems the boys of the 16th just marched over the nearby hill and we're about to catch up with them. . .

Vorhes Book Vorhes Book inside

Front cover and first inside page of book used by Capt. Rezin Vorhes, or his descendant, to paste newspaper articles written by Cpl. Theodore D. Wolbach, Company E, 16th OVI, describing the history of 16th Ohio.

Page Dates Chapter Description
Camp and Field Articles 1-35 (indexed by page of Vorhes Book) taken from The Vorhes Book, digital transcription provided by Rob Garber
1 October, 1861 1 Camp Tiffin; mustered into service; incidents of camp life
2 November, 1861 1, 2 Camp Tiffin; Col. DeCourcey; Incidents of camp life
3 December, 1861 2, 3 break camp and start for Camp Dennison; Camp Dennison (Cincinnati, Ohio); Dixie Land
4 December, 1861 3 Camp Dennison; march to Lexington, Kentucky
5 December, 1861 4 Lexington, Kentucky; "Camp Clay"
6 December, 1861 4 Lexington, Kentucky; The Gold Pen; Confederate General Zollicoffer
7 December/January, 1862 5 March from Lexington; Nicholasville, Lancaster, Kentucky
8 January, 1862 5 Stanford and Hall's Gap; "Drop that straw!"; camping in the rain
9 January, 1862 6 Missed the Battle of Mill's Springs; Camp "Pone"; Apple Jack!; stealing fence rails; march eastward
10 January/February, 1862 6 Camp Pone to Grundy and Buck Creek, Kentucky;
11 February, 1862 6, 7 camp at Sublimity Springs Resort Hotel; placed on quarter rations; artillery men eat Col. DeCourcey's meal
12 February, 1862 7, 8 Too much pepper!; killed a hog; London, Kentucky on February 7; leave London February 10
13 February, 1862 8 Flat Lick, Kentucky; Capt. Harn's Company I left at London for post duty and 16th boys steal hogs; February 13 reach Cumberland River, "Camp Cumberland", four miles from Cumberland Ford (now Pineville, Kentucky)
14 February, 1862 8, 9 Camp Cumberland - heavy rain for three days, camp surrounded by water; flooding; Capt. Muse shoots a rabbit head; Chapter 9; left Camp Cumberland February 27; march to Cumberland Ford; heavy snow
15 March, 1862 9 Sickness at Cumberland Ford; Alexander Christie, age 18, dies of accidental gunshot
16 March/April, 1862 9, 10 Reconnaissance to Cumberland Gap; another recon to Cumberland Gap, skirmishing with Rebels, "baptism of fire"; moved camp four miles down river to Camp Patten; third recon to Cumberland Gap
17 May, 1862 10 Expedition to Cumberland Gap with 14th Kentucky; heavy skirmishing; Harbaugh of Company K shot in head
18 June, 1862 10, 11 Camp Patten; picket duty at Moss House; a prank on the "Dutchman"; regiment moves camp to Moss House; scorpions!; June 7, 1862, break camp and begin march southwest to Roger's Gap
19 June, 1862 11 Marching across the hills; crossing into Tennessee to the band playing "Dixie"; crossing Roger's Gap; camp in Powell's Valley
20 June, 1862 11 The move toward Cumberland Gap; No women allowed with the regiment--except one
20B June, 1862 12 Roger's Gap to Powells' Valley; retreat and return toward the Gap
20C June, 1862 13 Occupation of Cumberland Gap
21 June, 1862 13 The regiment moves from the south to north side of the Gap - Camp Virginia
22 June, 1862 13, 14 Camp life; "corn hobbies"; A trick on DeCourcey
23 July, 1862 14 Rations issued; detachment of 16th Ohio on foraging mission to Tazewell, Tennessee; occupying Tazewell; DeCourcey's brigade joins the 16th Ohio in Tazewell; practicing brigade tactics
24 July/August, 1862 14, 15 Return to Cumberland Gap; Chapter 16? Second foraging expedition; bivouacked at Powell's River ford; Tazewell to Sycamore Springs
25 August, 1862 15 Leave Sycamore Springs, Tennessee then skirmishing heard there; return to Tazewell; 22nd Kentucky skirmishes; description of dead Confederate; large enemy force approaching
26 August, 1862 16 Confederates attack - Battle of Tazewell, Tennessee; Companies B and E surrounded
27 August, 1862 16 Death of Capt. Joseph Edgar; battle description; hiding from the Rebels
28 August, 1862 16, 17 Captured by the Confederates; description of being a prisoner
29 August, 1862 17 In captivity; meeting prisoners from other units; lice
30 August, 1862 17, 18 Characters in camp; marched to Tazewell and exchanged or paroled; Confederates "present arms" to Union troops marching away; arrival back at camp (Cumberland Gap)
31 August, 1862 18 First signs of siege; placed on quarter rations; 16th Ohio moves to the ridge above the Gap
32 September, 1862 18, 19 foraging becomes desperate; Rebels kill innocent Union civilian; description of Union cannon at Cumberland Gap; Capt. McClure's journey north
33 September, 1862 19 Capt. McClure's journey (cont.); surrounded, the Union under siege at The Gap; DeCourcey's brigade leaves the Gap headed north
34 September, 1862 19, 20 camped near Cumberland Ford; "corn graters"; arrival and camp at Manchester, Kentucky
35 September, 1862 20 description of rich mineral land around Manchester; gathering food supplies; "free" peaches; "borrowing" from the citizenry
36 September, 1862 20, 21 fate of sick Union soldiers left behind at Cumberland Gap, some sent on torturous journey to Richmond, Virginia, placed in Libby Prison
37 September, 1862 21 continued journey of Cumberland Gap prisoners; story of Lt. DeSilva's invitation to Confederate Colonel Rains; description of tense camp life at Manchester, Kentucky; Lieutenants absent from post;
38 September, 1862 21 7th Kentucky soldier murders another, executed by firing squad described; Gen. Morgan evacuates Cumberland Gap; evacuation described;
38B September, 1862 22 evacuation and desperate march north; harassed by Rebels; description of Col. DeCourcey "borrowing" a housewife's wash bowl;
38C September, 1862 22 the march north continues; Proctor, Kentucky; "night foraging"; Rebels blockading the route
38D September, 1862 23 contact with Rebel cavalry raider John Morgan's troops; innovative ways to prepare corn; coffee rations; hiding a goose; oiling a rifle with bacon
38E September, 1862 23 hoping to camp at "Widow Bush's"; Hazel Green, Kentucky; Confederate sympathizers; Rebel forces on three sides
38F September, 1862 24 Rebel cavalry stampedes Union cattle; 16th Ohio in the advance; Rebels prepare an ambush but the tables are turned; the band entertains young ladies
38G September, 1862 24 an abandoned countryside; West Liberty, Kentucky; firing "old loads"; gathering pawpaws; a mule disrupts the sleeping camp
38H September/October, 1862 25 Grayson, Kentucky; General Morgan passes through the 16th's camp; Kentucky soldiers pass by their homes and loved ones
39 October, 1862 25 beyond the reach of Confederate harassment; soldier shoots at hog, almost hitting Col. DeCourcey; the soldiers' mood improves as they near Ohio; Greenupsburg on the Ohio River is visible!
40 October, 1862 25, 26 General Morgan's troops descend to the Ohio River across from Greenupsburg, Ohio; soldiers citizens rejoice; boats to Wheelersburg, Ohio; citizen's provide the soldiers a feast; march to Sciotoville
41 October, 1862 26 joyful citizens at Sciotoville; talking to a Revolutionary War veteran; trains to Hamden then back to Portland, Ohio; visits from friends and relatives
42 October, 1862 26, 27 camp near Portland, Ohio; Capt. Mills "disciplines" his men; Capt. Harn attacked by angry father of soldier; sutlers arrive; a mother mistakes a General; description of East Tennessee troops
43 October, 1862 27 harvesting persimmons; 100 new recruits arrive (drafted) - covered with lice; new clothes and tents arrive; depart for Ohio River, Gallipolis
44 October, 1862 27, 28 in camp at Gallipolis, Ohio; unrest in DeCourcey's brigade, men wanting furloughs; crossing the Ohio into (West) Virginia; march east along the Kanawha River; Buffalo, Red House; reach Charleston, (West) Virginia; Charleston described
45 October, 1862 28 camped at Charleston; a joke on DeCourcey, the "one eyed teamster"; pipe-making from laurel; jewelry making from fresh-water clams; navigation of the Kanawha River described
46 November, 1862 28, 29 Ohio soldiers war in West Virginia described; natural resources along the Kanawha Valley described; return from Charleston; boarding steamboats on the Ohio River; received four months' pay; whiskey smuggled onto boats; Capt. Harn falls into the river
47 November, 1862 29, 30 Capt. Liggett also falls into river; a short stay in Cincinnati; soldiers "acquire" cargo; back on river toward Louisville; description of passing through the locks at Louisville
48 November, 1862 30 Cannelton, Indiana; two Company H soldiers take a detour; Mound City and Cairo, Illinois; enter the Mississippi River; Columbus, Kentucky; passing Island No. 10
49 November, 1862 30, 31 down the Mississippi River; Forts Pillow and Randolph; arrival at Memphis, Tennessee; in camp at Memphis; "Washington Pie"; heavy drilling; Generals Grant and Morgan review the 16th Ohio
50 November, 1862 31 Memphis described; Fort Pickering under construction; DeCourcey marching troops through town
51 November/December, 1862 31, 32 Union strategy described; "recruits" (drafted men) described; departure from Memphis, boarding steamers; sleeping on the boats; the large flotilla described
52 December, 1862 32 December 25: troop ships arrive on the Yazoo River; December 26: landing near Chickasaw Bayou, skirmishing
53 December, 1862 32 December 27 & 28: moving along Chickasaw Bayou toward the bluffs
53B December, 1862 33 December 28: first assault on Rebel lines
54 December, 1862 34 December 29: morning - preparing to assault the Rebels
55 December, 1862 34 December 29: Battle of Chickasaw Bayou
56 December, 1862 34/35 December 29: Battle of Chickasaw Bayou; battle description, retreat, aftermath; December 30
57 December, 1862 35 December 30: viewing wounded and dead on battlefield; December 31. 1862: truce to recover bodies, burial; speech by Confederate general
58 December, 1862 35 December 31: withdrawal back to boats on Yazoo River; reflection on battle
Obit March 30, 1880   Obituary of Dr. Rezin Vorhes, possibly the creator of the book containing most of the above Camp & Field article, believed to be from his hometown in Ohio
Honor abt. April, 1880   Resolutions by Masonic lodges recognizing Rezin Vorhes shortly after his death, believed to be from his hometown in Ohio
Camp and Field Articles 36-78 (indexed by chapter) taken from the Holmes County Republican newspaper, digital transcription provided by Rob Garber
Chapter Dates   Description
36 January, 1863 36 review and reflection on the Battle of Chickasaw Bayou; reference to Sherman's description
37 January, 1863 37 fate of prisoners taken at Battle of Chickasaw Bayou
38 January, 1863 38 description of the 16th Ohio's actions at and stories of prisoners taken at Battle of Chickasaw Bayou
39 January, 1863 39 prison life in Vicksburg; move of prisoners to Pearl River "prison bridge" near Jackson, Mississippi; Battle of Arkansas Post
40 January, 1863 40 Battle of Arkansas Post; move to winter camp at Young's Point, Louisiana, cold and wet camp life
41 February, 1863 41 Camp life; a suicide described; Grant's canal thru DeSoto Point; February 19: Col. DeCourcey leaves the regiment
42 February/March/April, 1863 42 Capt. Liggett dismissed; Mississippi River rises; move to Milliken's Bend; Vicksburg campaign begins: march to Richmond, Louisiana and camp
43 April, 1863 43 Camp at Richmond, Louisiana; march to Smith's Plantation; march to New Carthage; gunboats running blockade at Vicksburg; march to Perkin's Plantation
44 April, 1863 44 Camp at Perkin's Plantation; more gunboats running the blockade at Vicksburg; march to Hard Times (Landing), Louisiana; gunboats attack Grand Gulf, Mississippi; march to abandoned plantation on Mississippi River; troops cross the river, taking boats to Bruinsburg Landing, Mississippi; march into Mississippi interior begins
45 May, 1863 45 April 30: march east toward Port Gibson; abandoned plantations; skirmishing begins; May 1: Battle of Thompson's Hill
46 May, 1863 46 More description of the Battle of Thompson's Hill
47 May, 1863 47 May 1 to 5: Camped where they fought; aftermath; buried a cannon; march through Port Gibson; dead Confederates; camp near Rocky Springs, Mississippi
48 May, 1863 48 May 6 - 12: lady hides gold in buggy seat; former slaves delight in freedom; skirmishing; Sherman's Corps passes by; ready for action at Fourteen Mile Creek
49 May, 1863 49 May 13 - 16: march east; Battle of Raymond described; anticipating battle; heavy rains; Battle of Champion's Hill
50 May, 1863 50 May 16: Battle of Champion's Hill
51 May, 1863 51 May 16: aftermath; May 17; pursuing the Confederates west towards Vicksburg; Confederates make a stand at Big Black River Bridge; Battle of Big Black River Bridge; 16th soldiers killed
52 May, 1863 52 May 18: aftermath; chasing the Rebels back to Vicksburg; defenses of Vicksburg visible; Rebels fire on the Union troops from their entrenchments; May 19: First Assault on Vicksburg
53 May, 1863 53 May 20: tricking the Rebels into using up their ammunition; nervous nights; original poetry; May 22:: Second Assault on Vicksburg
54 May, 1863 54 Gen. John McClernand, 13th Corps, relieved of command; McClernand's inspirational address to his troops; Wolbach's defense of McClernand
55 May/June, 1863 55 May 23: a short truce to gather the dead, socializing with the enemy; the siege begins in earnest; getting picked off by Rebel sharpshooters; mortar practice; pyrotechnic displays at night; June 2
56 June, 1863 56 changing campsites several times; playing cards and "chuck-a-luck"; June 8: regiment ordered to Big Black River to defend against Confederate General Joe Johnston; June 23: anticipating an attack
57 June/July, 1863 57 June 23: moved camp to near Bovina, Mississippi; accidental shooting in the 22nd Kentucky; July 4: surrender of Vicksburg; July 6: march east to attack Confederate General Joe Johnston; "Black Hercules"
58 July, 1863 58 July 7: soaking rain at night; July 8: hot march east, skirmishing; July 9: party of "graybacks" captured; a captain of Osterhaus' staff found mortally wounded; July 10: approaching Jackson fortifications, receiving cannon fire
59 July, 1863 59 July 10-12: Siege of Jackson; taking positions in front of the Rebel fortifications; "foraging" in a deserted mansion; Gen. Lauman's disaster; a flag of truce; 16th Ohio soldiers wounded
60 July, 1863 60 July 13-22: This is the only article that has not been located.
61 July, 1863 61 July 23-31: The final days of the march from Jackson to Vicksburg; mules not allowed; camping on the siege line; entering Vicksburg; dead and dying civilians, suffering; viewing their winter campground from the city
62 July/August/September, 1863 62 two officers dismissed; drafted men discharged; mysterious soldier re-appears; Vicksburg riverfront described; reorganization of the 13th Corps; regiment moves to New Orleans; many grand reviews; New Orleans described
63 September/October/November, 1863 63 September 6: depart Carrollton, Louisiana, to Brashear City (Morgan City), Louisiana; march to Bayou Teche; Second Bayou Teche Campaign; foraging sweet potatoes; October 23: Carrion Crow Bayou; October 25: Opelousas, Louisiana; Lt. Col. Kershner rejoins the regiment; November 14: back to Brashear City; French patriotism; black plantation and slave owners; begin description of summertime furloughs from late July to mid-September
64 November, 1863 64 continued description and stories of men on furlough, describing their journey and events back home in Ohio, July to mid-September
65 November, 1863 65 conclusion of description and stories of men on furlough, describing their journey and events back home in Ohio, July to mid-September; November 24: next destination described; Texas Coast Expedition; purpose of troops going to Texas to guard against Maximilian, French emperor of Mexico; men sick and dying in New Orleans hospitals; prostitution; down the Mississippi and into the Gulf of Mexico on steamer bound for Texas coast; seasickness
66 November/December, 1863 66 November 25: harrowing voyage on steamship from Mississippi delta to Texas coast; detaining a schooner; ship rocked by storms; icy decks; December 2: landing on Decrow's Point, Texas; setting up camp; bath soap doesn't work; gathering sea shells
67 December, 1863/January, 1864 67 description of Decrow's Point, Texas; catching fish; men steal hog; December 31: violent "norther"; January 13: move to Indianola, Texas; description of Indianola
68 January/February/March, 1864 68 dancing with German girls; cattle dying in the mud; a prank on a bugler; February 5: an expedition inland; description of many boys who lied about their age to enlist; February 20: Gen. McClernand replaces Gen. Ord over the 13th Army Corps; March 9: the move from Indianola to Matagorda Island, Texas, but too stormy
69 March, 1864 69 March 13: Emotional goodbye to Indianola's German girls; description of 1876 destruction of Indianola by massive storm; march to Matagorda Island; 23 soldiers of 69th Indiana drown crossing "bayou"; dead soldiers float to surface for 11 days; dangerous fish brought in while fishing; March 27, Easter Sunday; March 30, payday
70 April, 1864 70 16th Ohio sent to put down small rebellion of Negro troops protesting lesser pay; Rebel schooners captured; preparations for permanent occupation of Matagorda Island; lighthouses described; news of General Banks defeat at Red River (Louisiana) causes 16th Ohio to be sent back to New Orleans; arrival at New Orleans on the 21st; drunk soldier placed in coffin
71 April, 1864 71 April 23: march through New Orleans and board steamship; Red River Campaign; sailing up the Mississippi River to Red River; Red River to Alexandria, Louisiana; description of Gen. Nathaniel Banks' sad retreat from a smaller Confederate force; Federal gunboats trapped on Red River by low water; April 30th right wing of the 16th Ohio reports to Gen. Banks and was first troop to arrive at site and to help build dam on Red River to raise water level and allow gunboats to pass downstream
72 May, 1864 72 soldiers build a trapeze for fun; right wing works on Bailey's Dam; May 2: Gen. M. K. Lawler aggressively attacks harassing Rebels, changes mood of Union troops for the better, causes Rebels to be more cautious; May 6: going after the Confederates again; Gen. Lawler described; Rebels attach transport carrying 120th Ohio, kill or capture most of them; Federal gunboats pass through the rapids to safety; Union troops withdraw from Alexandria, Louisiana, harassed by Rebels
73 May, 1864 73 May 16: Rebels make a short stand at Marksville, Louisiana; description of "Partisan Rangers"; May 17: march to Yellow Bayou, harassed by Rebels; Pvt. Switzer sleepwalks; May 18: Rebels attack Gen. Bank's rear - Battle of Yellow Bayou
74 May, 1864 74 May 18: Battle of Yellow Bayou; 16th Ohio moves up to support Gen. A. J. Smith's troops; camped for night in bug-infested forest; May 19: back across Yellow Bayou and march south along bayou guarding against Rebel flank attack; May 20: crossing the Atchafalaya River on a "steamboat bridge"; May 21: camp on banks of Mississippi River; May 22: camped three miles further down; Wolbach questions Banks' retreat
75 May/June/July, 1864 75 May 22: description of terrible heat; speculation on regiment's next assignment; disease from bad water; Rebel cavalry makes an attack; Gen. Lawler tries to find enemy; Morganza Bend described; size of regiments shrinking; Fourth of July celebration; watermelons abound
76 July/August, 1864 76 Description of other units in Morganza Bend camp area, including Hispanic cavalry troops from Texas; July 9: competitive drill between 16th and 42nd Ohio companies; July 20: skirmishing with Rebels; description of black soldiers at nearby fort; ants in the food supply; August 6: description of military organization
77 September/October, 1864 77 Description of soldiers' attitudes toward officer promotions; Capt. Buchanan nearly killed by his own men; Pvt. Berry drowns upon return from hospital; local child killed while playing with unexploded cannon shell; September 19: a march to the Atchafalaya River; small pox hospital; skirmishing with Rebels across the river; poisonous snakes; October 1: a march to Bayou Sara, the regiment's final combat; October 6: arms turned in and the regiment boards the Steamship Luminary for the trip home to Ohio
78 September/October, 1864 78 Description of voyage home to Ohio on steamship and train; squabbling among different regiments on board the Luminary; Pvt. Deets becomes ill and dies before reaching home; October 13: a night's stay in Indianapolis; October 14: arrival in Columbus, Ohio; waiting for discharge; 440 soldiers left on muster roll; description of regimental colors hung in Ohio State house; retrospection by the author
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