[civilwarwest] My info on the 38th O. V. I.
- I dug up some info on the 38th Ohio Infantry. I got it from a relative,
but I believe the soure is some collection of Ohio regimental
histories. The regiment was raised in north-west Ohio in the summer of
'61. The regiment fought at Perryville in 1862. It then marched with
Rosecrans to Stone's River, where it fought in Walker's Bde. It playedt
a "conspicious" role in the battle but lost few men. The regiment then
too an active part of the Tullahoma campaign before resting in
Winchester. The 38th was spared from fighting at Chickamauga as they
were conducting the supply trains back towards Chattanooga. The 38th
suffered through the siege of Chattanooga, and supposedly was the
extreme left flank of the Union line assaulting Missionary Ridge. It
suffered light casulties in the engagement. The regiment continued to
fight well after the other brigades had retired for the night. They
followed Bragg to Ringgold Georgia, whre they set up winter quarters.
During the Atlanta campaign they first saw action Aug 5 1864. There, on
the banks of Utoy Creek, three companies of the 38th pushed back a the
Rebel skirmish line. I beleive that my great....... grandfather, a
captain in one of the three companies, lead that assault as he was the
most senior officer behind the colonel. Anyway, of the 120 men who made
the assault, 51 fell as casualties. The last engagement the regiment
actively fought in was the battle of Jonesboro. On the second day of
that battle, Este's Brigade, for which the 38th was a part, assaulted
Hardee's position north of town. In the charge the 360 man regiment
took 150 casulties, including four color bearers. After the battle the
regiment buried the 14th corps' dead and followed Hood into north
Georgia. After the Union supply and communication lines were secured
the regiment marched on Savannah, had many engineering duties bestowed
upon them along the way.
Other sources sight the regiment as fighting in Peachtree
Creek,"Nickajack River" and Hoover's Gap.