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16th Ohio Volunteer Infantry
Where was the regiment on
Sunday, August 24, 1862

During this time the 16th Ohio maintained its position at Camp Reconnaissance, at the top of the Cumberland Mountains, several miles north of the main force at the Gap. They remained brigaded with the 42nd Ohio, 22nd Kentucky and Lamphere's 7th Michigan Battery.

On this day, Pvt. Newt Gorsuch, Company B, tells us that companies B, C and H go back to Cumberland Gap to clean up the camp area so it can be used by the troops. After this was done the officers, apparently, change their minds. It may be possible the officers were simply trying to keep the soldier's busy so they wouldn't get bored and complacent and their minds would not dwell on their lack of food so much. Gorsuch also reports, Deserter came in from Georgia Regt."

* Information and quotations from Civil War Diaries and Selected Letters of Robert Newton Gorsuch, recently published in book form by Newt Gorsuch's great grandson, Everett Gorsuch Smith, Jr. The book is available for purchase from various Internet sources.

Period military map showing the approximate location of the 16th Ohio and Col. DeCourcey's brigade atop of the mountain ridges north of The Gap. Gen. Morgan had moved the brigade into this position to defend his main force holding The Gap from any approach by Gen. Kirby Smith's Confederate troops from the north. Additionally, Morgan was protecting what he had already likely planned as his Division's escape route in a few weeks if no relief came from the Union Army. The regiment was involved in several foraging missions, moving down into the valley, below, skirmishing with Rebel troops and collecting corn or any other food items they could scavenge from the land below their mountain stronghold.
Image ©2000 by Cartography Associates via David Rumsey Map Collection
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