Ohio Volunteer Infantry: The First ThirteenNext Page →
Between April and May 1861, Ohio mustered more than enough soldiers to fill the 13,000 state quota requested by President Lincoln. Ohio's proximity to Kentucky and Virginia, slave owning states, was a great concern for Ohioans. After the 1st and 2nd O.V.I. left Columbus for Washington, Governor Dennison and Adjunct General Carrington appointed Jacob Dolson Cox as Brigadier General and George B. McClellan as Major General to organize the remaining regiments.
One of McClellans first orders of business was to construct a military training camp near Cincinnati; Camp Dennison. While the camp was still being constructed, soldiers arrived from all over the state to train at Camp Dennison. Conditions at the camp were miserable. Inadequate drainage caused the camp to be muddy, inexperienced cooks made the soldiers sick, and disease was rampant.
The first enlistees of the 3rd through 13th Ohio Volunteer Infantries saw no action and suffered through their three month stint at Camp Dennison. The same could not be said of their successors. The 3rd through 13th O.V.I. three year enlistees fought in numerous battles and skirmishes including the infamous Gettysburg Campaign.
To find out more information about the first thirteen regiments of the Ohio Volunteer infantries visit http://www.ohiocivilwar.com/infantry.html