125th Ohio Infantry
Opdycke Tigers

compiled by Larry Stevens

References for this Unit

Sgt. Richard K. Hulse Co. B
Promoted to 1st Lt. Co C
Courtesy of and Copyright © L.M. Strayer Collection


Organized in October, 1862, under Colonel Emerson Opdycke, in January, 1863, it moved to Louisville, Ky., and then to Nashville. The Regiment was actively engaged in skirmishing and long marches in Tennessee, until the battle of Chickamauga, where it took a conspicuous and honorable part, fighting desperately against overwhelming numbers. It again participated in the battle of Mission Ridge, and joined in the pursuit of Bragg. In December it went to the relief of Knoxville. Returning in the spring of 1864, to Northern Georgia, it joined Sherman in the Atlanta campaign, fighting its way to Jonesboro. It followed Hood north to Nashville, taking part in the battle of Franklin and the pursuit south. The Regiment remained in Northern Alabama and Tennessee until June 1865, when it moved to New Orleans and then to Texas, where it mustered out September 25, 1865. This Regiment gained a high reputation for its fighting qualities under the lead of the brave Colonel Opdycke.

From Dyer's Compendium

125th Regiment Infantry. Organized at Camp Taylor, Cleveland, Ohio, October 6, 1862. Moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, January 3, 1863; thence moved to Louisville, Ky., and duty there till January 28. Attached to District of Western Kentucky, Dept. of the Ohio, to February, 1863. Franklin, Tenn., Army of Kentucky, Dept. of the Cumberland, to June, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 21st Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to October, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 4th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to October, 1864. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 4th Army Corps and Dept. of Texas, to September, 1865.
SERVICE.--Moved from Louisville, Ky., to Nashville, Tenn., January 28, 1863; thence to Franklin, Tenn., March 5, and duty there till June. Repulse of attack on Franklin March 9. Moved to Triune June 2, thence to Murfreesboro, Tenn. Middle Tennessee (or Tullahoma) Campaign June 23-July 7. At Hillsboro July 3-August 5. Passage of the Cumberland Mountains and Tennessee River and Chickamauga (Ga.) Campaign August 16-September 22. Occupation of Chattanooga September 9. Lee and Gordon's Mills September 11-13. Near Lafayette September 14. Battle of Chickamauga September 19-20. Siege of Chattanooga, Tenn., September 24-November 23. Colwell's Ford November 19. Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign November 23-27. Orchard Knob November 23-24. Mission Ridge November 25. Pursuit to Graysville November 26-27. March to relief of Knoxville, Tenn., November 28-December 8. Operations in East Tennessee till April, 1864. Charlestown December 28, 1863. Operations about Dandridge January 16-17, 1864. Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign May 1 to September 8. Demonstrations on Rocky Face Ridge and Dalton May 8-13. Buzzard's Roost Gap May 8-9. Battle of Resaca May 14-15. Adairsville May 17. Near Kingston May 18-19. Near Cassville May 19. Advance on Dallas May 22-25. Operations on line of Pumpkin Vine Creek and battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills May 25-June 5. Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10-July 2. Pine Hill June 11-14. Lost Mountain June 15-17. Assault on Kenesaw June 27. Ruff's Mills July 4. Chattahoochie River July 5-17. Buckhead, Nancy's Creek, June 18. Peach Tree Creek July 19-20. Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25. Flank movement on Jonesboro August 25-30. Battle of Jonesboro August 31-September 1. Lovejoy Station September 2-6. Operations against Hood in North Georgia and North Alabama October 3-November 3. Nashville Campaign November-December. Columbia, Duck River, November 24-27. Spring Hill November 29. Battle of Franklin November 30. Battle of Nashville December 15-16. Pursuit of Hood to the Tennessee River December 17-28. Moved to Huntsville, Ala., and duty there till March, 1865. At Knoxville, Blue Springs and Nashville till June. Moved to New Orleans, La., June 16; thence to Texas and duty there till September. Mustered out September 25, 1865. Regiment lost during service 7 Officers and 104 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 114 Enlisted men by disease. Total 225.

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