Infantry Units: 144th 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

Adjutant Jonathan Ayres

Jonathan Ayres was born in Beaver County, Pennsylvania on March 12, 1822 to Dr. Isaac and Eliza (Coulter) Ayres and moved with them from Pennsylvania to Richland County, Ohio where he came of age. He moved to Upper Sandusky in 1846 and spent the remainder of his life in that town. He laid out the town of Nevada, Wyandot County, Ohio in October 1852 with George Garrett and afterwards became active in the dry goods business until about 1864.

He married Jennie Harris of Detroit, Michigan on April 10, 1856. He had to sell off his stock and business when he was called to service in May 1864. He was commissioned adjutant of the 144th Ohio and during his service he participated in the battle of Monocacy and as second in command at Berryville, where he was instrumental in rallying portions of the regiment. Adjutant Ayres continued in the Ohio National Guard service until he was mustered out on March 1, 1866 as a lieutenant colonel.

"Mr. Ayres was a man of high sense of honor. He had his convictions and was always frank in giving expression to them, even at times when it was very unpopular to do so. He could not act the hypocrite. On the temperance question he held intense views. He had seen much of the evils resulting from the sale and use of intoxicating liquors, hence his decided convictions, and he practiced what he professed. He was a man of industry and tireless energy. He was honest and a true friend." Adjutant Ayres died from the complications of long-standing rheumatism on November 2, 1889 and is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Crane Township, Wyandot County, Ohio.
Wyandot Pioneer- May 27, 1864 pg. 2, June 3, 1864 pg. 2

Chaplain Jacob G. Baughman

Chaplain Jacob G. Baughman was born May 17, 1832. He mustered in as a private in Co. D on May 2, 1864, and was promoted to chaplain of the 144th Ohio on May 12, 1864, being honorably discharged on August 31, 1864 with the regiment. He died at the Ohio Soldier's and Sailor's Home in Sandusky, Ohio on June 23, 1897 and is buried in that cemetery.
Article. Wyandot Pioneer- July 8, 1864 pg. 2

Roster - Company A, 144th OVI

Captain Henry H. Ragon

(see 55th Ohio Volunteer Infantry for biographical and service information)

Private Otho J. Powell

Otho J. Powell enlisted as a Private in Co. A, 144th Ohio Volunteer Infantry on May 2, 1864 and served with that unit throughout his 100 days of service. Following his mustering out on September 2, 1864, he edited the Wyandot Pioneer with Louis A. Brunner.
Wyandot Democratic Union- May 26, 1864, pg. 1, June 16, 1864 pg. 1, July 7, 1864 pg. 1

Roster - Company F, 144th OVI

Captain Asher Cook

Enlisted 4/27/1861 as Captain of Company C, 21st OVI; mustered out 8/12/1861 at Columbus, OH; later mustered in, age 42, Company F, 144th Ohio, on May 2, 1864 to serve 100 days; mustered out 8/24/1864
Perrysburg Journal- 5/9/1861, 10/8/1862, 7/20/1864, 7/27/1864

Private Henry S. Chapin

Mustered in, age 29, on May 2, 1864, mustered out August 24, 1864.
Perrysburg Journal- 5/18/1864, 5/25/1864, 6/1/1864, 6/8/1864, 6/15/1864, 6/22/1864, 6/29/1864, 7/6/1864, 7/13/1864, 7/27/1864, 8/3/1864, 8/10/1864, 8/17/1864

Roster - Company G, 144th OVI

Private William A. Butler

William A. Butler mustered into Co. G, 144th Ohio Volunteer Infantry on May 2, 1864 and took part in the battle of Monocacy before mustering out August 31, 1864.
Wyandot Pioneer- August 5, 1864 pg. 1

Roster - Company H, 144th OVI

Captain James A. Gibson

James A. Gibson was born about 1823. During the Civil War, he raised Co. H of the 144th Ohio and was elected its captain in May 1864. He was stationed at Fort Dix until the time of Early's raid and then spent the remainder of his service pursuing Rebels in the Shenandoah Valley, including the engagement at Berryville. He was mustered out with his company on August 31, 1864.
Wyandot Pioneer- July 8, 1864, pg. 2

First Lieutenant James Steele Leith

James S. Leith was born on March 6, 1838 in Wyandot County, Ohio to George W. and Margaret P. (Steele) Leith, the father being a native of Ohio and the mother a native of Pennsylvania. The couple were married in Seneca County and moved to Antrim Township, Wyandot County in 1837 and lived there for 30 years. In 1867, the parents of J.S. Leith moved to Nevada, Wyandot County, Ohio where the mother died in 1868 and the father in 1883. George and Margaret Leith had ten children, five of whom survived them: James S., Mary, Martha S., Jessie, and Josie. George Leith served as associate judge from 1845 to 1852 for Wyandot County.

Leith lived with his parents until 1861. On September 29, 1861, he married Melissa M. Pease and had one daughter, Maggie E. After Melissa's death in 1866 he did not remarry. Leith enlisted as first lieutenant in Co. H, 144th O.V.I. on May 2, 1864 serving 100 days before being honorably discharged with the company on August 31, 1864 at Columbus, Ohio.

He resumed farming after the war until 1866 when he engaged in the dry goods trade in Nevada. He remained there two years, selling his stock and entering the wholesale dry goods establishment of Lathrop & Luddington of New York City and remained with the firm until it became insolvent in December 1869. He sold agricultural implements during the seasons of 1871 and 1872 and was one of the incorporators of the Nevada Deposit Bank, selling his stock in 1877. He was appointed railway postal clerk in 1875 and held the position for the Pennsylvania Railroad for nearly 30 years. Lieutenant Leith's daughter married Edward Williams and died shortly after her marriage. In politics, Mr. Leith followed the Republican Party and was a member of the Leith Post G.A.R. at Nevada. Lieutenant Leith died from the effects of pneumonia on May 18, 1911 in Nevada and is buried in Nevada Cemetery, Eden Township, Wyandot County, Ohio.
Wyandot Pioneer- July 8, 1864, pg. 2

Second Lieutenant Andrew R. Ingerson

Lieutenant Andrew R. Ingerson was born on April 10, 1827 and married Eliza J. McCauley on February 28, 1853 in Wyandot County. He first served in Co.G 49th Ohio, mustering in September 5, 1861 as a corporal and served with that unit in Kentucky and Tennessee until he was mustered out due to disability May 18, 1862. He then returned home and recuperated, then was commissioned second lieutenant of Co. A, 123rd Ohio on August 12, 1862. The regiment left Ohio in October 1862 and was stationed in West Virginia, mostly at Romney being attached to the Railroad Division of West Virginia. He resigned his commission on February 12, 1863 on account of physical disability, no doubt from exposure in the harsh winter. He was called up with the Ohio National Guard and was again commissioned a second lieutenant in Co. H, 144th Ohio on May 2, 1864 and honorably discharged on August 31, 1864 with the company. He died at Sycamore, Wyandot County, Ohio on November 30, 1875 and is buried in Old Sycamore Cemetery.
Wyandot Pioneer- July 8, 1864, pg. 2

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