56th Ohio Infantry

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Regimental History and Service Record

Organized at Camp Morrow, Portsmouth, Ohio, and mustered in December 12, 1861. Moved to Paducah, Ky., thence to Fort Donelson, Tenn., February 12-15, 1862. Fort Donelson February 15-16. Attached to 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, Army of the Tennessee, to July, 1862. Helena, Ark., District of Eastern Arkansas, to November, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 12th Division, District of Eastern Arkansas, Dept. of the Tennessee, to January, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 12th Division, 13th Army Corps, Army of the Tennessee, to July, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 13th Army Corps, Dept. of the Tennessee, to August, 1863, and Dept. of the Gulf, to June, 1864. Defenses of New Orleans, La., Dept. of the Gulf, to April, 1866.

SERVICE.--Expedition toward Purdy and operations about Crump's Landing March 9-14, 1862.

Advance on and siege of Corinth, Miss., April 29-May 30. March to Memphis, Tenn., June 1-13, and duty there until July 24. Germantown and Lafayette Station June 25. Ordered to Helena, Ark., June 24, and duty there until April, 1863. Gorman's Expedition from Helena to Eunice August 28-September 5, 1862. Expedition against Arkansas Post November 16-21. Ordered to Milliken's Bend, La., April 11, 1863. Movement on Bruinsburg and turning Grand Gulf April 25-30.

Advance on Jackson, Miss., July 4-10. Siege of Jackson July 10-17. Ordered to New Orleans, La., August 13. Duty there until September 13, and at Berwick Bay until October.

Grand Coteau November 3. At New Iberia until December 17. Moved to New Orleans December 17, thence to Madisonville January 22, 1864, and duty there until March 1. Moved to New Orleans March 1.

Davidson's Ferry, Red River, May 4-5.

Dunn's Bayou, destruction of Transport "Warner," May 5. Veterans absent on furlough May to July. Return to New Orleans, La., and duty in the Defenses of that city until April, 1866. Expedition from New Orleans to Mandeville January 15-17, 1865 (Detachment). Non-Veterans mustered out November, 1864. Regiment mustered out April 25, 1866.

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Regiment Statistical Information

  • Regiment lost during service 3 Officers and 55 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 156 Enlisted men by disease. Total 216.


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