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16th Ohio Volunteer Infantry
Where was the regiment on
Wednesday, January 21, 1863

On this day, the 16th Ohio and Gen. George W. Morgan's corps, arrived at Young's Point, Louisiana, across the Mississippi River from the mouth of the Yazoo, and about seven miles above Vicksburg. This is where Morgan's troops would spend the next 45 days in camp, waiting for a spring offensive against Vicksburg, sure to come. Grant's other corps, under Gen. William T. Sherman, landed at this same place but marched three miles farther down and camped at the base of the peninsula opposite Vicksburg.

More will be added, shortly, describing the encampment area and the activities of the troops during this time.

Pvt. Robert Newton Newt Gorsuch tells us:

Boats start before day. All got off boats to wash them out. Land in eve. 16th sent on scout. Captured team and wagon.

* Some information and italicized text, above, from Civil War Diaries and Selected Letters of Robert Newton Gorsuch, a private in Company B, 16th OVI, 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.

Modern map of the locations of the 16th Ohio as it moved south with Gen. Grant's fleet toward its winter quarters near Vicksburg, Mississippi from January 18 to 20, 1863.

Lavender pin - approximate point on the Mississippi River where McClernand's fleet reached on January 20, 1863
Red pushpin - approximate position of Young's Point, Louisiana, the destination of Grant's fleet and winter campsite of his army, including the 16th Ohio, and where the troops landed on the evening of January 21, 1863.
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