171st Ohio Infantry

compiled by Larry Stevens

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Organized May 7, 1864, as a Ohio National Guard unit, under Colonel Joel F. Asper, for one hundred days service. It proceeded to Johnson's Island, where it engaged in guard and fatigue duty. In June it moved to Kentucky, where it was surrounded and outnumbered by Morgan's command. After a desperate engagement the Regiment was obliged to surrender, with a loss of thirteen killed and fifty-four wounded. They were soon after paroled and returned to Johnson's Island. The Regiment was mustered out August 20, 1864.

From Dyer's Compendium

171st Regiment Infantry. Organized at Sandusky, Ohio, and mustered in May 7, 1864. On guard and fatigue duty at Johnson's Island till June 8. Moved to Covington, Ky., thence to Cynthiana, Ky. Attached to General Hobson's Command, District of Kentucky, Dept. of the Ohio. Action at Kellar's Bridge. Ky., near Cynthiana, Ky., June 11. Cynthiana, Ky., June 12. Regiment captured. Paroled June 13 and ordered to Camp Dennison, Ohio. Duty there and at Johnson's Island, Ohio, till August. Mustered out August 20, 1864. Regiment lost during service 17 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 15 Enlisted men by disease. Total 32.

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