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The Camp & Field Articles
by Theodore Wolbach
Cpl. Theodore Wolbach

Cpl. Theodore D. Wolbach

Web Author's Notes:

The following image is taken from a book titled "Mortality and Statistics of the Census of 1850" in which it is believed retired Captain Rezin H. Vorhes, Company H, pasted over the pages a series of articles written by Cpl. Theodore D. Wolbach, Company E, titled "Camp and Field" and published, by chapter, in the Holmes County (Ohio) Republican newspaper from February 24, 1881 to August 17, 1882. The articles tell the story, in great detail and color, of the 16th OVI, from the inception of the 3-year regiment in October, 1861, through all its camps, battles and marches until it was disbanded on October 31, 1864. The articles pasted in the Vorhes book cover the first 35 chapters, published through October 20, 1881. All the remaining chapters were recently found in a Holmes County library by researcher Rob Garber who obtained copies, performed the transcriptions and provided to this website and which are also presented here, complete work by Theodore Wolbach.

Throughout these articles click on the underlined white text for additional details.

The webauthor thanks 16th Ohio descendant Rob Garber for his excellent research on the Camp And Field articles and for performing the tedious digital transcription of those articles found on each page. The transcriptions were made to reflect the original articles verbatim, misspellings and all. Rob is the 3rd great nephew of Capt. William Buchanan, Company F, 16th Ohio, who served in the 90-day regiment as a private, re-enlisting in the three year regiment, and eventually making the rank of Captain of Company F. Thanks Rob!

The page, below, was found near the end of the scrapbook containing clippings of the Camp and Field articles and contains the published resolutions of an honorary committee upon the death of Rezin Vorhes.

Page 60 - Resolutions by Spartan Lodge

Camp and Field


At a special meeting of Spartan Lodge No. 126, F. & A. M., held in Masonic Hall, Friday evening, April 2d, 1880, a committee consisting of H. H. Robinson, A. J. Stiffler and L. G. Barton, were appointed to draft resolutions in regard to the death of Dr. Resin H. Vorhes, whereupon the Committee reported the following, which was adopted:

WHEREAS, It has pleased the Supreme Ruler of the Universe to call from life our friend and brother, Dr. Resin H. Vorhes, who died at Coffeyville, Kansas, March 30, A. D. 1880, and

WHEREAS, it is but just that a fitting recognition of his many virtues should be had; a man generous in his impulses and true in his conduct towards his fellows, he lived as one well taught to act upon the square of virtue, therefore be it

Resolved, By Spartan Lodge, that while we bow with humble submission to the will of Him who tempers the wind to the shorn lamb, we do not the less mourn for our brother who has been called from labor by the grim tyrant, Death.

Resolved, That in his death we lost an estimable member of our Order; the profession a skilled an honored physician; and the country a true and gallant soldier. That we extend to his aged mother and relatives our heartfelt sympathy in this the hour of their sad bereavement, and pray that He who doeth all things for the best may lighten their troubles and assuage their afflictions.

Resolved, That this Lodge attend in a body the funeral of our deceased brother, and extend to this remains the last sad right of our Order, and that the Lodge be draped in mourning to his memory.

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be given to his aged mother, and that they be published in the county papers, and that a copy be transmitted to the papers of Coffeyville, Kansas.


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