Infantry Units: 54th Ohio Volunteer Infantry

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

Thomas Kilby SmithMajor General Thomas Kilby Smith

Thomas Kilby Smith was born September 23, 1820 in Boston, Massachusetts, and enlisted as a 42 year old Cincinnati lawyer as Colonel of the 54th Ohio Volunteer Infantry on October 31, 1861, mustering into service the same day. He was commissioned Brigadier General to date August 11, 1863 and was given a brevet promotion to Major General to date March 13, 1865. He was mustered out January 15, 1866 and died December 14, 1887 in New York City.

Letter: Lima Weekly Gazette: September 17, 1862

Roster - Company B, 54th OVI

Adjutant David A. Rees

David A. Rees enlisted as a 19 year old First Lieutenant in Company B, 54th Ohio Volunteer Infantry on September 11, 1861, mustering into service the same day. Detailed as regimental Adjutant on January 24, 1864, he was killed in action June 27, 1864 at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain.
Resolution: Lima Weekly Gazette: July 13, 1864

Roster - Company D

Lieutenant Colonel Israel T. Moore

Israel T. Moore enlisted as a 30 year old Captain in Company D, 54th Ohio Volunteer Infantry on September 10, 1861, mustering into service the same day. Promoted to major to date November 13, 1863 and to Lieutenant Colonel to date, October 12, 1864, he was mustered out August 15, 1865 at Little Rock, Arkansas.
Letter: Lima Weekly Gazette: April 30, 1862

First Sergeant William F. Howell

William F. Howell enlisted as a 22 year old Private in Company F, 20th Ohio Volunteer Infantry on April 20, 1861, mustering into service April 27, 1861. He was mustered out August 18, 1861 at Columbus, Ohio. Returning home, he enlisted as a Corporal in Company D, 54th Ohio Volunteer Infantry on October 16, 1861, mustering into service the same day. Howell was wounded twice during his service: December 28, 1862 at the Battle of Chickasaw Bayou, and again May 19, 1863 at Vicksburg. Reenlisting as a veteran in 1864, he was promoted to First Sergeant September 1, 1864 and mustered out August 15, 1865 at Little Rock, Arkansas.
Letter: Lima Weekly Gazette: May 13, 1863

Corporal John O. Callaghan

John O. Callaghan enlisted as a 26 year old private in Company D, 54th Ohio Volunteer Infantry on November 18, 1863, mustering into service the same day. He was wounded in action July 22, 1864 during the Battle of Atlanta, and was promoted to Corporal December 31, 1864. He mustered out August 15, 1865 at Little Rock, Arkansas.
Letters: Lima Weekly Gazette: September 21, 1864, January 11, 1865, March 29, 1865, May 24, 1865

Roster - Company G, 54th OVI

Second Lieutenant Thomas M. Darling

Thomas M. Darling enlisted as a 24 year old Second Lieutenant in Company G, 54th Ohio Volunteer Infantry on September 10, 1861, mustering into service January 22, 1862. The following letter from his regimental commander gives the circumstances of his demise.
Letter: Lima Weekly Gazette: September 17, 1862

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