Infantry Units: 55th 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 Norwalk, Ohio from September-December 1861 to serve three years. On the expiration of its term of service the original members (except veterans) were mustered out and the organization, composed of veterans and recruits retained in service until July 11, 1865 when it was mustered out in accordance with orders from the War Department.

Some of the battles in which this unit participated include:

  • McDowell, VA, May 8, 1862
  • Cross Keys, VA, June 8, 1862
  • Cedar Mountains, VA, August 9, 1862
  • Bull Run (2nd Battle), August 30, 1862
  • Chancellorsville, VA, May 2, 1863
  • Gettysburg, PA, July 1-3, 1863
  • Orchard Knob, TN, November 23, 1863
  • Missionary Ridge, TN, November 25, 1863
  • Buzzard's Roost Gap, GA, May 8, 1864
  • Resaca, GA, May 15, 1864
  • Cassville, GA, May 19-22, 1864
  • Kenesaw Mountain, GA, June 9-30, 1864
  • Chattahoochee River, GA, July 12, 1864
  • Peach Tree Creek, GA, July 20, 1864
  • Atlanta, GA (Siege), July 28-September 2, 1864
  • Turner's Ferry, GA, August 27, 1864
  • Savannah, GA (Siege), December 10-21, 1864
  • Averysboro, NC, March 16, 1865
  • Bentonville, NC, March 19-21, 1865

Roster - Field and Staff

John Calvin Lee
Daniel F. DeWolf
George H. Safford
Henry K. Spooner
Charles P. Wickham

Roster - Company A

Charles M. Smith
John Gleason

Roster - Company B

William C. Brinkman
Adam Cramer
John R. Lowe
Edwin Van Doren
Homer Augustus Durfee

Roster - Company C

Rush R. Sloan

Roster - Company D

Charles P. Wickham
Philetus Lathrop
Frederick A. Wildman
William Wickham

Roster - Company F

Charles D. Robbins
William H. Ashbrook
William C. Law
Butler W. Case

Roster - Company G

Henry M. Kellogg
Wilmot A. Mills
James K. Sheiterly
Henry Troxel

Roster - Company H

Officers

Hartwell Osborn
Robert William Pool
Henry Harrison Ragon

Non-Commissioned Officers and Enlisted Personnel

Bondy B. Gaines
Arthur A. Graham
George Harkcom
John McLaughlin
Lewis Mesnard

Roster - Company I

Officers

Richard F. Patrick
Benjamin F. Evans

Non-Commissioned Officers and Enlisted Personnel

Warren Franklin
John Sutton

Roster - Company K

Henry Miller
Augustus S. Wormley
Jesse Bowsher
James K. Agnew
Jesse W. Brandenberg

Articles about the Unit/Anonymous Letters

Articles:
Norwalk Reflector: December 24, 1861, February 4, 1862, March 25, 1862, September 9, 1862, July 14, 1863, April 11, 1865
Norwalk Experiment: October 27, 1862, May 14, 1863
Toledo Blade- 9/8/1862, 7/14/1865
Wyandot Pioneer- November 8, 1861 pg. 3, May 15, 1863 (Chancellorsville casualties) pg. 3, June 5, 1863 (article on 11th Corps conduct at Chancellorsville) pg. 1
Wyandot Democratic Union: September 11, 1862 (Second Bull Run casualties) pg. 3
Seneca Advertiser: September 5, 1862, May 15, 1863, July 17, 1863, May 27, 1864, June 10, 1864, July 8, 1864, April 13, 1865
Tiffin Weekly Tribune: September 20, 1861, November 1, 1861, September 12, 1862, September 19, 1862, May 15, 1863, May 22, 1863, July 17, 1863, December 10, 1863, June 16, 1864, July 28, 1864

Letters:
"A Veteran". Norwalk Reflector: April 19, 1864
Unknown. Norwalk Reflector: August 19, 1862, August 26, 1862, October 14, 1862, November 18, 1862, January 27, 1863, April 21, 1863, August 4, 1863, July 26, 1864, August 16, 1864, January 24, 1865
Bucyrus Journal: November 6, 1863
"Sword Hilt". Bucyrus Journal: March 20, 1863
"Firelock," Company D. Fremont Journal - February 14, 1862
"Ohio," 55th Ohio Infantry. Toledo Blade- 4/14/1862
"Reuben," 55th Ohio Infantry. Toledo Blade- 8/11/1864
"Knox," Company F, Wyandot Pioneer- January 14, 1862 pg. 2, June 6, 1862 pg. 2
"The Whartenburg Soldier". Wyandot Pioneer- June 5, 1863 pg. 2
"J.W.R.," Company C. Tiffin Weekly Tribune: May 1, 1863
"J.Y.B.," Company G. Tiffin Weekly Tribune: January 14, 1864
"D.," Company H. Tiffin Weekly Tribune: April 11, 1862
"R.D.K.," Company H. Tiffin Weekly Tribune: February 14, 1862
"Sax," Company H. Tiffin Weekly Tribune: February 21, 1862
"K." Tiffin Weekly Tribune: April 21, 1864
"O. Crawford". Tiffin Weekly Tribune: September 25, 1863