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16th Ohio Volunteer Infantry
Where was the regiment on
Wednesday, September 24, 1862

On this day DeCourcey's and Spears' brigades pushed on to Hazel Green, arriving there at 9:00pm. The brigades surprised and captured a Confederate colonel and captain who were in the town recruiting, not imaginging any chance of Federal forces being anywhere near Hazel Green. DeCourcey and Spears encamped their men in the pleasant meadows around the town, slaughtering the few cattle and sheep that could be found, and awaited the arrival of Baird's and Carter's brigades which had fallen behind them. Baird and Carter had taken their heavy artillery by the "river road", a rougher and slower passage but one which provided plenty of water for the troops and the horses and mules laboring with the heavy guns and wagons.

On this day, Pvt. Newt Gorsuch, Company B, tells us, "Marched over a barren mountain. 14 mules were there. Was no water. Have to get corn, grate it, and make break to eat as our rations are done."

* Some information and italicized text, above, taken from The Forty-Second Ohio Infantry - A History of the Organization and Services of That Regiment In the War of the Rebellion, 1876 - F. H. Mason, late Private of Company A - Cobb, Andrews & Co., Publishers.

* Information and quotations by Pvt. Newt Gorsuch taken 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.

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