Cavalry Units: 3rd Ohio Volunteer Cavalry

The biographical sketches here show only those members of the unit who wrote letters to their local newspapers. Information may be drawn from the unit roster, newspaper obituaries, or other biographical sources.

Field and Staff

Lieutenant Colonel Horace Newton Howland

Enlisted 8/15/1861, age 37, as Captain of Company C, 3rd OVC, mustered in 12/11/1861, captured 10/17/1862 at Lexington, KY, promoted to Major 1/5/1863, promoted to Lieutenant Colonel 11/23/1863, promoted to Brevet Brigadier General 3/13/1865, promoted to Colonel 4/8/1865, mustered out with regiment 8/4/1865 at Edgefield, TN. Born 10/25/1826 in Mantua, OH, died 6/25/1895 in Toledo, OH

Toledo Daily Commercial- 7/11/1863, 7/21/1863, 7/22/1863, 8/24/1863, 6/24/1864, 9/8/1864, 10/13/1864
Toledo Blade- 10/25/1862, 3/16/1863, 4/11/1863, 4/23/1863, 6/2/1863, 10/26/1863, 12/21/1864, 9/3/1865

Major Leonard Adams

Leonard Adams enlisted as a 28 year old Captain in Company G, 3rd Ohio Volunteer Cavalry on August 13, 1861, mustering into service December 11, 1861. He was promoted to Major March 7, 1863 and mustered out November 23, 1864 at Louisville, Kentucky.
Letter: Tiffin Weekly Tribune: July 25, 1862

Adjutant Victor J. Zahm

Victor J. Zahm enlisted as a 24 year old Adjutant in the 3rd Ohio Volunteer Cavalry on October 26, 1861, mustering into service December 11, 1861. He was discharged September 2, 1862.
Letter: Seneca Advertiser: May 16, 1862

Chaplain Benjamin F.W. Cozier

Enlisted 5/9/1864 as Chaplain, mustered out with regiment 8/4/1865 at Edgefield, TN.
Toledo Blade- 7/27/1864

Quartermaster William R. Jackson

William R. Jackson enlisted as a 38 year old Quartermaster in the 3rd Ohio Volunteer Cavalry on November 4, 1861, mustering into service December 11, 1861. He resigned his commission September 2, 1862.

Jackson reenlisted as Quartermaster of the 7th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry on September 15, 1862, mustering into service the same day. He was promoted to Captain of Company C to date April 2, 1864 and mustered out June 28, 1865.
Letter: Norwalk Reflector: May 13, 1862
Norwalk Reflector: November 8, 1864

Captain Henry Stricker

Enlisted 9/7/1861 as Sergeant Major, promoted to 2nd Lieutenant 5/16/1862 and transferred to Company A, promoted to 1st Lieutenant 2/1/1863, promoted to Captain 7/13/1864 but not mustered, mustered out 11/24/1864 at Louisville, KY.
Toledo Blade- 12/3/1863

Sergeant Major David E. Tyler, Company B

David E. Tyler enlisted as a 20 year old private in Company B, 3rd Ohio Volunteer Cavalry on September 4, 1861, mustering into service the same day. He was promoted to Sergeant at an unknown date and reenlisted as a veteran in early 1864. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant Major April 4, 1864, but his further record is unclear.
Letter: Norwalk Reflector: June 10, 1862

Chaplain Edward Y. Warner

Edward Y. Warner enlisted as a 28 year old Chaplain of the 3rd Ohio Volunteer Cavalry on September 25, 1861, and was commissioned into service December 11, 1861. He resigned August 1, 1862.
Toledo Blade- 1/3/1862, 5/14/1862, 8/14/1862
Tiffin Weekly Tribune: January 31, 1862

Company B, 3rd OVC

Lieutenant Oliver M. Brown

Enlisted 8/16/1861 as 2nd Lieutenant, promoted to 1st Lieutenant and transferred 7/20/1862 to Company B, captured and paroled 10/17/1862 at Lexington, KY, mustered out 8/4/1865 at Edgefield, TN.
Toledo Blade- 10/9/1862, 10/27/1862, 12/20/1862, 7/18/1864, 10/6/1864

Captain Elisha M. Colver

Elisha M. Colver enlisted as a 27 year old First Lieutenant in Company B, 3rd Ohio Volunteer Cavalry on September 4, 1861, mustering into service the same day. He was promoted to Captain of Company K to date June 16, 1862, but his further record is unclear.
Letter: Norwalk Experiment: June 30, 1862

Captain John G. Oates

John G. Oates enlisted as a 24 year old Corporal in Company A, 3rd Ohio Volunteer Cavalry on September 4, 1861, mustering into service the same day. He was promoted to Sergeant January 2, 1862 and was later commissioned Second Lieutenant of Company B to date June 19, 1863. Captured in action January 12, 1864 at Benton, Tennessee, he was confined for a time at Columbia, South Carolina. He was promoted to the rank of Captain to date November 30, 1864 but was never mustered at that rank. He was mustered out April 17, 1865 at Columbus, Ohio.
Letters: Norwalk Reflector: April 29, 1862, July 22, 1862, November 17, 1863.
Toledo Blade- 11/17/1863

Private Charles Matthew McGlone

Charles Matthew McGlone enlisted as a 22 year old Private in Company B, 3rd Ohio Volunteer Cavalry on September 4, 1861, mustering into service the same day. He died of disease May 3, 1862 near Corinth, Mississippi. The following letter from his company commander gives the circumstances of his demise.
Letter: Norwalk Experiment: June 30, 1862

Company C, 3rd OVC

Reed V. Boice

Enlisted as a private in Company C, 3rd OVC but promoted to hospital steward at enlistment 12/11/1861, promoted to 1st Lieutenant and Commissary of Subsistence 11/30/1864, promoted but not mustered to Captain 8/2/1865, mustered out with regiment 8/4/1865 at Edgefield, TN.
Toledo Blade- 11/20/1862, 6/25/1864, 8/8/1864

First Lieutenant Christopher C. Clay, Companies C and F, 3rd OVC

Enlisted, age 23, August 20, 1861 to serve 3 years. Appointed Quarter Master Sergeant August 31, 1861; 1st Sergeant, date unknown; promoted to 2nd Lieutenant February 14, 1863; to 1st Lieutenant Co. F, July 13, 1864
Toledo Daily Commercial- 8/27/1863, 8/1/1864

Corporal William F. Bradley, Company C

William F. Bradley enlisted as an 18 year old Private in Company C, 3rd Ohio Volunteer Cavalry on August 28, 1861, mustering into service October 8, 1861. He was promoted to Corporal January 13, 1863 and reenlisted as a veteran in early 1864. He was mustered out August 3, 1865 at Columbus, Ohio.
Letter: Norwalk Reflector: April 8, 1862

Sergeant Thomas Crofts, Company C

Enlisted 8/26/1861 as a Corporal, captured and paroled 10/17/1862 at Lexington, KY, promoted to Sergeant, mustered out 10/3/1864 at Columbia, TN. Born in Liverpool, England December 19, 1829, Crofts was a farmer in Lucas County for many years. He became the regimental historian and published History of the Service of the Third Ohio Veteran Volunteer Cavalry in the War for the Preservation of the Union from 1861-1865 in 1910. Crofts died in his Oregon Township home on July 13, 1919.
Toledo Blade- 10/23/1862, 9/7/1863

Captain Calvin S. Kimball, Companies C and G

Enlisted 4/22/1861 as a Private in Company A, 14th Ohio Infantry, mustered out 8/13/1861. Enlisted 9/10/1861 as a Private in Company C, 3rd Ohio Cavalry, mustered in 10/8/1861, promoted to Sergeant Major 1/4/1864, promoted to 2nd Lieutenant 3/31/1864 and transferred to Company G, promoted to 1st Lieutenant 11/3/1864, captured and imprisoned but escaped 2/21/1865 at Wilmington, NC, promoted to Captain but not mustered 2/23/1865, mustered out with regiment 8/4/1865 at Edgefield, TN.
Toledo Blade- 9/19/1863, 11/12/1863

Private Henry G. Norton, Companies C and D

Henry Norton enlisted as a 20 year old Private in Co. C, 3rd Ohio Volunteer Cavalry on August 24, 1861, mustering into service October 8, 1861. He served with the regiment briefly before being discharged for disability July 22, 1862. Later in the war, he reenlisted in Co. D, 3rd Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, mustering into service January 4, 1864. He served with this regiment through April 1865, when he was discharged to accept a commission as First Lieutenant and regimental Adjutant of the 137th United States Colored Troops. He mustered out of service January 15, 1866.
Letter: Fremont Journal- September 9, 1864

Company D, 3rd OVC

Captain Paul Deal, Companies D and K

Paul Deal was born about 1818 in Perry Co., Ohio to David and Magdalene (Overmyer) Deal. He worked as a carpenter, and enlisted as a 43 year old Sergeant in Co. D, 3rd Ohio Volunteer Cavalry on September 10, 1861 and was soon promoted to First Sergeant. He served with the regiment through the entire war, taking part in campaigns in Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. He was promoted to Second Lieutenant to date November 24, 1863, then to First Lieutenant to date November 30, 1864 and transferred to Company K. His last promotion was to Captain to date January 6, 1865. He mustered out with the regiment August 4, 1865 at Edgefield, Tennessee. He died April 7, 1880 in Toledo, Ohio and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Letter: Fremont Journal- May 1, 1863

Company F, 3rd OVC

Private John Duxbury

John Duxbury enlisted as a 24 year old Private in Company F, 3rd Ohio Volunteer Cavalry on September 9, 1861, mustering into service November 11, 1861. He was mustered out November 4, 1864 at Columbia, Tennessee.
Letter: Norwalk Reflector: March 31, 1863

Company G, 3rd OVC

Private Joseph Kramer

Joseph Kramer enlisted as a 39 year old Private in Company G, 3rd Ohio Volunteer Cavalry on September 12, 1861, mustering into service December 11, 1861. He died of disease July 2, 1862.
Obituary: Tiffin Weekly Tribune: July 25, 1862

Private William P. Wagner

William P. Wagner enlisted as a 40 year old Private in Company G, 3rd Ohio Volunteer Cavalry on December 5, 1861, mustering into service December 11, 1861. He was discharged for disability July 6, 1863.
Letter: Tiffin Weekly Tribune: May 2, 1862

Private George W. Zeigler

Letter: Tiffin Weekly Tribune: February 27, 1863

Company H, 3rd OVC

Private Orrin Barker

Enlisted, age 26, October 5, 1861, for three years service. Appointed Corporal January 4, 1864; Com. Sergeant October 3, 1864; mustered out with company August 4, 1865; veteran.
Williams County Leader- 3/13/1862

First Sergeant Thomas J. Cosley, Company H, 3rd OVC

Enlisted, age 24, August 20, 1861, for three years service. Appointed Sergeant September 17, 1861; 1st Sergeant January 4, 1864; promoted to 1st Lieutenant Co. F November 30, 1864; veteran
Press and Leader - 3/26/1863

Private Eustace Legget, Company H, 3rd OVC

Enlisted 9/25/1861 as a Private, promoted to Corporal, mustered out 10/3/1864 at Columbia, TN.
Toledo Blade- 11/17/1863

Quartermaster Sergeant Daniel Pickett, Company H, 3rd OVC

Enlisted 9/17/1861 as a Private in Company H, appointed Quartermaster Sergeant 10/5/1861, captured 10/4/1862 at Bardstown, KY, reduced to ranks 7/14/1865, mustered out 8/4/1865 at Edgefield, TN.
Toledo Blade- 11/17/1863

Private George P. Wilson, Company H, 3rd OVC

Enlisted 8/10/1863 as a Private, died 2/10/1864 at Savannah, TN.
Toledo Blade- 11/17/1863

Company L, 3rd OVC

Sergeant Benjamin Franklin Kurtz, Co. L, 3rd OVC

Benjamin Franklin Kurtz was born December 26, 1833 and enlisted as a Corporal in Co. L, 3rd Ohio Volunteer Cavalry on September 22, 1861. He was mustered into service on November 22, 1861 and was promoted to Sergeant at an unknown date. He mustered out October 3, 1864 at Columbia, Tennessee. He died November 20, 1920 and is buried at Spring Grove Cemetery, Wyandot Co., Ohio.

Letter: Wyandot Pioneer- March 27, 1863 pg. 1

Company M, 3rd OVC

Captain Henry C. Miner, Company M

Henry C. Miner was born in April 1831 near Sego, Perry Co., Ohio to Daniel and Margaret (Fluckey) Miner. He moved with his parents to Cardington, Morrow Co., Ohio and while there learned the carpentry trade and was living with his unmarried sister at the times of the outbreak of the war. He enlisted as the Second Lieutenant of Co. C, 15th Ohio Volunteer Infantry on April 23, 1861 and was mustered into service April 27, 1861. He took part in the summer campaign in western Virginia before mustering out August 28, 1861, taking part in the Battle of Philippi. Returning home to Morrow County, he enlisted in Co. M, 3rd Ohio Volunteer Cavalry on September 8, 1861 and was commissioned First Lieutenant. Miner served for three years but battled disease throughout his term, suffering from digestive disorders and pneumonia. Regardless, the was promoted to Captain to date January 21, 1863. He mustered out November 22, 1864 at Knoxville, Tennessee.

Returning home, he married Marian L. Doty on July 24, 1865 but soon separated from her, suspecting her of being unfaithful to him while he was away at war, and in December 1865 he moved to Knoxville, Tennessee and worked for the Southern Express Co. as a messenger. Following his divorce in 1871 from Marian, he married Mattie Hunt Phillips on December 23, 1875 in Knoxville and had six children. He suffered a bad arm injury during a railroad accident in 1899. A member of the Knights Templar and the Grand Army of the Republic, Henry C. Miner died April 12, 1906 at the age of 75 and is buried in an unmarked grave in the Knoxville National Cemetery.

Letter: Wyandot Pioneer- July 1, 1864 pg. 2

Sergeant William Young, Company M

William Young enlisted as an 18 year old Private in Co. M, 3rd Ohio Volunteer Cavalry on September 8, 1861, and mustered into service December 11, 1861. He served with the regiment throughout the war, seeing service throughout Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia including the campaigns of Stones River, Chickamauga, and Atlanta. He reenlisted as a veteran in early 1864, was promoted to Corporal, and later promoted to Sergeant December 2, 1864. He mustered out with his regiment August 4, 1865 at Edgefield, Tennessee.
Letter: Fremont Journal- May 2, 1862

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