Timeline for the 41st OVI
1861 - The War Begins
- Fall, 1861 - Colonel William B. Hazen (pictured above), a Regular Army officer,
organized Regiment at Camp Wood, Cleveland, Ohio. See recruiting complaint. Much of August
through October was spent organizing and drilling the regiment. Mustered in Oct. 29, 1861
for a term of three years.
- November, 1861 - moved to Louisville, Ky., then to Camp Wickliffe. Organized as part of
the 15th Brigade, 4th Division, Army of the Ohio, under Maj. Gen. Don Carlos Buell. Some
of the men carried out a scouting expedition into western Virginia.
1862 - First Engagements
- January, 1862 - The initial equipping of the regiment concluded. The men were issued
primarily older Federal issue muskets, many of which were smoothbores which had been
converted to rifles (the so called "Greenwood Rifle").
- February, 1862 - advanced to Nashville, Tenn. Reorganized to 19th Brigade, Army of the
- April, 1862 - first engagement at Pittsburgh Landing (Shiloh)
in Tennessee, losing severely.
- May, 1862- advance to and siege of Corinth, Miss.
- June, 1862 - pursuit of rebel forces to Booneville, then marched on to Athens, Alabama.
- July, 1862 - rested at Athens, Alabama.
- August thru October, 1862 - pursuit of Bragg's forces into Kentucky.
- October, 1862 - Battle of Perryville, Ky., the regiment was limited to skirmishing on
the picket line.
- November, 1862 - reorganized to 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, Left Wing 14th Army Corps,
Army of the Cumberland. Remained with the Army of the Cumberland until 1865.
- December, 1862 - Murfreesboro (Stone's River) in Tennessee, the Regiment lost about 73
of its force
1863 - The Fight for Tennessee
- January, 1863 - reorganized to 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 21st Army Corps, Army of the
- Spring, 1863 - Occupation duty in Tennessee. The regiment is issued new Springfield
rifles, to replace the older converted smoothbores.
- June, 1863 - Middle Tennessee (or Tullahoma) Campaign
- August, 1863 - passage through the Cumberland Mountains and across the Tennessee River;
reorganized to 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 4th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland.
- September, 1863 - Battle of Chickamauga, Ga., losing heavily.
- October, 1863 - Battle of Brown's Ferry
- September thru November, 1863 - siege of Chattanooga, Tenn. Complemented by Gen. Thomas
at Mission Ridge.
- December, 1863 - march to relief of Knoxville, Tenn.
1864 - The Push Through Georgia
- January, 1864 - Regiment reenlists as Veteran Volunteers, and gets 30 days leave in
- Spring, 1864 - Operations in Eastern Tenn.
- May thru September, 1864 - Atlanta campaign with Gen. Sherman, losing more or less
heavily in the various encounters, including Kenesaw Mtn. in June, and the siege of
Atlanta in July.
- Fall, 1864 - pursuit of Hood in North Georgia into North Alabama.
- December, 1864 - battle of Nashville, where two members of the regiment were cited and
received the Medal of Honor.
1865 - The War Draws To A Close
- January thru March, 1865 - occupation of Huntsville, Alabama.
- April thru June, 1865 - operations in and around Nashville.
- June, 1865 - the Regiment was ordered to San Antonio, Texas, via New Orleans. At 2 A.M.
on June 19, the steamer the regiment was travelling on (Echo Number 2) collided
with an anchored ironclad monitor (the Oneida)near Cairo, Illinois, and sank in
just 10 minutes. Everyone on board escaped to the monitor, but all of the company records,
stores, and ordinance were lost.
- November, 1865 - mustered out at San Antonio, Texas
Regiment lost during service 8 Officers and 168 Enlisted men killed and mortally
wounded and 1 Officer and 153 Enlisted men by disease. Total 330.
- Ohio In the Civil War, a web
site by Larry Stevens
- Dryer's Compendium, available on the web at the Civil War Archives
- Supplement to the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Part II
(Record of Events) Edited by Janet B. Hewitt, Broadfoot Publishing Co., Wilmington
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