Infantry Units: 42nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry

Infantry units were recruited from all over the state. Those represented in detail here are the ones recruited primarily from northwest Ohio counties and those whose members wrote to local newspapers. More information will be added as it becomes available.

This Regiment was organized at Camp Chase, Ohio in September, October and November 1861 to serve three years. The original members (except veterans) were mustered out at different dates, from September 30 to December 30, 1864, by reason of expiration of term of service, and the veterans and recruits transferred to the 96th Battalion, OVI.

Some of the battles in which this unit participated include:

  • Middle Creek, KY, January 10, 1862
  • Chickasaw Bayou, MS, December 28-29, 1862
  • Arkansas Post, AR (Fort Hindman), January 11, 1863
  • Thompson's Hill, MS (Port Gibson), May 1, 1863
  • Raymond, MS, May 12, 1863
  • Champion Hills, MS, May 16, 1863
  • Big Black River, MS, May 17, 1863
  • Vicksburg, MS (First Assault), May 19, 1863
  • Vicksburg, MS (Siege), May 18-July 4, 1863
  • Jackson, MS (Siege), July 9-16, 1863
  • Opelousas, LA, October 21, 1863

Roster Field and Staff

Lionel Allen Sheldon

Roster - Company E, 42nd OVI

Melvin L. Benham
Charles P. Goodwin
Charles P. Gould
Edson A. Root
Howard Williams

Articles about the Unit/Anonymous Letters

Elyria Independent Democrat: April 29, 1863, May 20, 1863

"Company E," Elyria Independent Democrat: February 12, 1862, July 30, 1862, April 15, 1863
"Eaton Boys," Company E. Elyria Independent Democrat: October 29, 1862
Unknown, Company E. Elyria Independent Democrat: December 31, 1862, December 23, 1863