Artillery Units: 1st Reg't. Ohio Volunteer Light Artillery

Artillery units were recruited from all over the state. Those represented in detail here are the ones recruited primarily from northwest Ohio counties. The roster listings here show only those members of the unit who wrote letters to their local newspapers.

The Regiment was organized at Ravenna, Cincinnati, Camp Dennison, Cleveland, Columbus, and Camp Chase, Ohio from August 6, 1861 to June 4, 1862, to serve three years. On the expiration of its term of service the original members (except veterans) were mustered out, and the organizationcomposed of veterans and recruits retained in service. The organization was mustered out by Batteries at different dates, from June 15 to July 31, 1865, in accordance with orders from the War Department.

Battery A, 1st OVLA

This Battery was mustered into service September 6, 1861, at Camp Chase, Ohio; mustered out July 31, 1865, at Camp Cleveland, Ohio. Battles in which this unit participated include:

  • Dog Walk, KY, October 9, 1862
  • Stone River, TN, December 31, 1862-January 2, 1863
  • Tullahoma Campaign, TN, June 23-30, 1863
  • Hoover's Gap, TN, June 24, 1863
  • Liberty Gap, TN, June 25, 1863
  • Chickamauga, GA, Spetember 19-20, 1863
  • Chattanooga, TN, November 23-25, 1863
  • Dalton, GA, May 9, 1864
  • Resaca, GA, May 13-16, 1864
  • Kenesaw Mountain, GA, June 9-30, 1864
  • Peach Tree Creek, GA, July 20, 1864
  • Atlanta, GA (Siege), July 28-September 2, 1864
  • Columbia, TN, November 24-28, 1864
  • Spring Hill, TN, November 29, 1864
  • Franklin, TN, November 30, 1864

Roster - Battery A, 1st OVLA

Private Lester A. Elster

Battery B, 1st OVLA

This Battery was mustered into service October 8,1861 at Cincinnati, Ohio; mustered out July 22, 1865, at Camp Cleveland, Ohio. Battles in which this unit participated include:

  • Wild Cat, KY, October 21, 1861
  • Mill Springs, KY, January 19-20, 1862
  • Perryville, KY, October 8, 1862
  • Lavergne, TN, December 26, 1862
  • Stone River, TN, December 31, 1862-January 2, 1863
  • Tullahoma Campaign, TN, June 23-30, 1863
  • Chickamauga, GA, September 19-20, 1863
  • Chattanooga, TN, November 23-25, 1863

Roster - Battery B, 1st OVLA

Merwin Blanchard

Battery D, 1st OVLA

Williams' Independent Battery. The Battery was mustered into service October 17, 1861, at Cincinnati, Ohio; mustered out July 15, 1865 at Camp Cleveland, Ohio. Battles in which this unit participated include:

  • Munfordville, KY, September 14-16, 1862
  • Lavergne, TN, December 26, 1862
  • Knoxville, TN (Siege of), November 17-December 4, 1862
  • Kingston, GA, May 24, 1864
  • Atlanta, GA (Siege of), July 28-September 2, 1864
  • Franklin, TN, November 30, 1864
  • Nashville, TN, December 15-16, 1864

Roster - Battery D, 1st OVLA

Jereboam ("Jerry") B. Creighton

Battery E, 1st OVLA

The Battery was mustered into service October 7, 1861, at Camp Dennison, Ohio; mustered out July 10, 1865, at Camp Dennison, Ohio. Battles in which this unit participated include:

  • Lavergne, TN, November 1862
  • Stone River, TN, December 31, 1862-January 2, 1863
  • Missionary Ridge, TN, November 25, 1863
  • Nashville, TN, December 15-16, 1864

Articles about the Unit/Anonymous Letters

Letters:
"Cannoneer" Elyria Independent Democrat: July 16, 1862, August 13, 1862, December 10, 1862
"J.B.W." Elyria Independent Democrat: August 5, 1863, September 9, 1863
"Quid Nuc" Elyria Independent Democrat: October 7, 1863, October 14, 1863, November 18, 1863

Battery G, 1st OVLA

This Battery was mustered into service December 17, 1861, at Camp Dennison, Ohio. Mustered out August 31, 1865 at Camp Chase, Ohio by Charles Sprawl, Captain and ADC. some of the battles in which the unit participated include:

  • Pittsburg Landing, TN, April 6-7, 1862
  • Corinth, MS (advance on), May 1-30, 1862
  • Franklin Pike, TN, September 7, 1862
  • Stone River, TN, December 31, 1862-January 2, 1863
  • Tullahoma Campaign, TN, June 23-30, 1863
  • Dug Gap, GA, September 11, 1863
  • Chickamauga, GA, September 19-20, 1863
  • Missionary Ridge, TN, November 25, 1863
  • Lavergne, TN, September 1, 1864
  • Franklin, TN, September 2, 1864
  • Campbellville, TN, September 5, 1864
  • Pulaski, TN, September 27, 1864
  • Spring Hill, TN, November 29, 1864
  • Franklin, TN, November 30, 1864
  • Nashville, TN, December 15-16, 1864

Newspaper Articles about the Unit/Anonymous Letters

"Thomas Major" (name not found in roster) Perrysburg Journal
6/17/1863, 7/22/1863, 8/19/1863, 9/2/1863, 10/7/1863, 11/4/1863, 11/18/1863, 12/23/1863
3/23/1864, 4/13/1864, 9/28/1864, 11/9/1864, 11/23/1864, 12/14/1864

Battery H, 1st OVLA

The Battery was mustered into service November 7, 1861 at Camp Dennison, Ohio. Mustered out June 14, 1865, at Cleveland Ohio, by Silas Ramsey, Major and ADC. Some of the battles in which the unit participated include:

  • Winchester, VA, March 22, 1862
  • Fort Republic, VA, June 9, 1862
  • Fredericksburg, VA, December 10-17, 1862
  • Chancellorsville, VA, May 1-4, 1863
  • Gettysburg, PA, July 1-3, 1863
  • Cold Harbor, VA, June 1-12, 1864
  • Petersburg, VA, June 15-20, 1864

Roster - Battery H, 1st OVLA

Officers

James F. Huntingdon
Martin B. Ewing
William A. Ewing
William H. Perigo

Non-Commissioned Officers and Enlisted Personnel

Harlow J. Boice
John L. Pray
George Frederick Spencer
Herbert H. Walker

Newspaper Articles about the Unit/Anonymous Letters

"D.," Toledo Blade, 11/1/1864
"Officer," Toledo Blade, 5/9/1863
"Private," Toledo Blade, 9/22/1863
"P.," Toledo Blade, 10/6/1863
"Smoker," Perrysburg Journal, 11/25/1863
"Soldier," Toledo Daily Commercial, 4/15/1863