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16th Ohio Volunteer Infantry
Where was the regiment on
Sunday, October 5, 1862

On this day the 16th Ohio arose and boarded train cars bound for Camp Dennison, near Cincinnati. It only made sense that these weary soldiers and each regiment be sent to a place of safety and re-supply, to rest and be refurbished before resuming the assignments required by the strategies of war. Their train arrived in Hamden, Ohio, about 40 miles northeast of Sciotoville or Wheelersburg. Here they were to change trains at noon and head west to Camp Dennison. But after waiting two hours in Hamden 16th Ohio was ordered, instead, to take another train bound southward to Portland (Oak Hill), Ohio. They arrived in Portland (Oak Hill) at 6:00pm and bivouacked in the town for the night.

* 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.

Modern day map of 16th Ohio locations on October 5, 1862 (positions approximated):

A - Sciotoville/Wheelersburg, Ohio
B - Hamden, Ohio
C - Portland (Oak Hill), Ohio

Accounts of the Regiment's movements indicate they took trains back to Portland, Ohio. This was previously believed to be modern-day Portland which is in east Ohio on the banks of the Ohio River. However, subsequent research now indicates the Regiment actually moved to a different Portland, Ohio, which was very close to Oak Hill. It is assumed this Portland became part of modern-day Oak Hill, Ohio. This is also more consistent with where the rest of Morgan's 7th Division was said to be located, in and around Oak Hill.

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