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16th Ohio Volunteer Infantry
Where was the regiment on
Tuesday, August 26, 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.

Pvt. Newt Gorsuch, Company B, tells us that on this day DeCourcey's brigade with General Baird's brigade went out in force to obtain all the corn in a cornfield. They met the Rebels and drove them back enabling them to obtain the forage.

* 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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