Infantry Units: 103rd 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

Major DeWitt Clinton Howard

For full biography, see also 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry)
Letters: Elyria Independent Democrat: November 19, 1862, April 22, 1863, October 7, 1863, December 2, 1863, December 9, 1863, December 16, 1863, January 20, 1864, August 3, 1864

Surgeon Luther D. Griswold

Luther D. Griswold enlisted as a 53 year old Surgeon in the 103rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry on August 19, 1862, mustering into service on September 18, 1862. He resigned his commission to date August 1, 1864.
Letter: Elyria Independent Democrat: October 8, 1862, April 1, 1863, June 1, 1864, June 22, 1864

First Sergeant Newton L. Cotton

Newton L. Cotton enlisted as a 32 year old Corporal in Company F, 103rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry on August 6, 1862, mustering into service September 8, 1862. Promoted to Sergeant February 9, 1863 and to First Sergeant September 14, 1864, he was mustered out June 12, 1865 at Raleigh, North Carolina.
Letter: Elyria Independent Democrat: August 24, 1864

Quartermaster Clark W. Quirk

Clark W. Quirk enlisted as a 21 year old Corporal in Company H, 103rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry on August 5, 1862, mustering into service September 8, 1862, being designated Quartermaster Sergeant that same day. He was commissioned First Lieutenant and made regimental Quartermaster to date July 21, 1863. He mustered out June 12, 1865 at Raleigh, North Carolina.
Letter: Elyria Independent Democrat: May 20, 1863

Roster - Company H, 103rd OVI

Second Lieutenant William T. Chapman

William T. Chapman enlisted as a 29 year old Sergeant in Company H, 103rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry on August 4, 1862, mustering into service September 8, 1862. Promoted to First Sergeant on March 10, 1863, he was commissioned Second Lieutenant June 8, 1863. He was discharged for disability February 23, 1864.
Letters: Elyria Independent Democrat: October 8, 1862, October 22, 1862, November 5, 1862, November 12, 1862, November 26, 1862, December 3, 1862, December 31, 1862, January 14, 1863, February 18, 1863, March 11, 1863, March 25, 1863, April 8, 1863, April 22, 1863, May 6, 1863, May 20, 1863, June 3, 1863, June 24, 1863, July 8, 1863, July 15, 1863, August 12, 1863, January 27, 1864, February 17, 1864, March 2, 1864, March 23, 1864

Private Francis S. Towner

Frank Towner enlisted as a 26 year old Private in Company H, 103rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry on March 17, 1864, mustering into service the same day. He was killed in action August 6, 1864 near Atlanta, Georgia.
Letter: Elyria Independent Democrat: July 27, 1864

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