Infantry Units: 86th 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.

Roster - Company D

Sergeant Joseph S. McClelland

Joseph S. McClelland enlisted while editor of the Tiffin Weekly Tribune as a Sergeant in Company D, 86th Ohio Volunteer Infantry on May 27, 1862, mustering into service the same day. He was mustered out September 25, 1862 at Camp Chase, Columbus, Ohio.

Later in the war, he enlisted as Second Lieutenant in Company G, 5th U.S. Colored Troops on September 11, 1863, mustering into service the same day. He was promoted to First Lieutenant to date September 21, 1864 and was mustered out September 20, 1865.
Letters: Tiffin Weekly Tribune: June 6, 1862 (2), June 20, 1862, July 4, 1862, July 18, 1862 (2), August 8, 1862, September 5, 1862

Roster - Company K

Captain Erastus C. Moderwell

(also 12th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry)
Erastus C. Moderwell enlisted as 24 year old Captain of Company K, 86th Ohio Volunteer Infantry on May 27, 1862, mustering into service June 10, 1862. He was mustered out September 25, 1862 at Camp Chase, Ohio. Later in the war, he enlisted as Captain of Company A, 12th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry on September 3, 1863, mustering into service October 17, 1863. He was promoted to Major to date November 24, 1863 and wounded June 9, 1864 at the Battle of Mount Sterling. He was mustered out November 14, 1865 at Nashville, Tennessee.
Letter: Bucyrus Journal: September 19, 1862

Sergeant James C. Grant

James C. Grant enlisted as a 24 year old Corporal in Company K, 86th Ohio Volunteer Infantry on May 27, 1862, mustering into service June 10, 1862. Promoted to Sergeant on June 10, 1862, he was mustered out September 25, 1862 at Camp Chase, Ohio.
Letter: Bucyrus Journal: July 25, 1862

Private Walter R. Gillis

Walter R. Gillis enlisted as a 20 year old Private in Company K, 86th Ohio Volunteer Infantry on May 27, 1862, mustering into service June 10, 1862. He was mustered out September 25, 1862 at Camp Chase, Ohio.
Letter: Bucyrus Journal: July 11, 1862

Private Hamilton V. Monnett

Hamilton V. Monnett enlisted as a 19 year old Private in Company K, 86th Ohio Volunteer Infantry on June 4, 1862, mustering into service June 10, 1862. He was mustered out September 25, 1862 at Camp Chase, Ohio.
Letter: Bucyrus Journal: August 1, 1862

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