Infantry Units: 81st 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 in the State of Ohio at large, in August-September 1861 to serve three years. The original members (except veterans) were mustered out September 26, 1864 by reason of expiration of term of service, and the organization, composed of veterans and recruits, retained in service until July 13, 1865, when it was mustered out in accordance with orders from the War Department.

Some of the battles in which this unit participated include:

  • Shiloh, TN, April 6-7, 1862
  • Corinth, MS (Siege), April 30-May 15, 1862
  • Corinth, MS, October 3-4, 1862
  • Tuscumbia, AL, April 24, 1863
  • Town Creek, AL, April 28, 1863
  • Ley's Ferry, GA, May 14-15, 1864
  • Rome Cross Roads, GA, May 16, 1864
  • Dallas, GA, May 25-June 4, 1864
  • Atlanta, GA (Hood's Sorties), July 22 & 28, 1864
  • Atlanta, GA (Siege), July 28-September 2, 1864
  • Jonesboro, GA, August 31-September 1, 1864
  • Lovejoy Station, GA, September 2-6, 1864
  • Savannah, GA (Siege), December 10-21, 1864
  • Bentonville, NC, Marhc 19-21, 1865
  • Sherman's March to the Sea

Roster - Field and Staff

William H. Hill
Thomas Morton

Roster - Company B, 81st OVI

Martin Armstrong
Isaac McGrady
William Francis "Frank" Maltbie

Roster - Company D, 81st OVI

Peter Austva Tyler
John W. Gillian
Jeremiah C. Groff
Michael W. Kimmel

Roster - Company E, 81st OVI

Valentine Bowersock

Roster - Company G, 81st OVI

George W. Overmeyer

Roster - Company K, 81st OVI

John P. Emerson
Benjamin F. Matthias
Martin McClelland
Thomas W. Snyder

Articles about the Unit/Anonymous Letters

Articles:
Lima Weekly Gazette: April 23, 1862, August 20, 1862, April 22, 1863
Wyandot Pioneer- April 25, 1862 (Shiloh casualties) pg. 2, October 17, 1862 (Corinth casualties) pg. 3, March 20, 1863 (resolution about Copperheads) pg. 2

Letters:
"F.," Company B. Lima Weekly Gazette: November 6, 1861, November 20, 1861, December 18, 1861, January 29, 1862, March 12, 1862, April 30, 1862, June 18, 1862, July 9, 1862, September 10, 1862, September 24, 1862, October 15, 1862, December 24, 1862, January 21, 1863, March 4, 1863, May 20, 1863, August 26, 1863, December 2, 1863, January 13, 1864, April 13, 1864, June 29, 1864, July 13, 1864, November 9, 1864, January 11, 1865
"A Private," Company B. Lima Weekly Gazette: October 2, 1861, October 23, 1861 (2)
J.N. Cunningham. Lima Weekly Gazette: April 23, 1862
Unknown. Lima Weekly Gazette: October 29, 1862, April 8, 1863, June 8, 1864
"Democrat," Company D. Wyandot Democratic Union- April 2, 1863 pg. 2
"H.," Company D. Wyandot Pioneer- March 21, 1862 pg. 2
"Young America". Wyandot Pioneer- April 10, 1863 pg. 3