47th Ohio Infantry
Wilstach Regiment

compiled by Larry Stevens

References for this Unit

Col. Parry
Colonel Augustus C. Parry

History

This Regiment completed its organization in August, 1861. Colonel Poschner was elected Colonel, and reported at once to Rosecrans in Western Virginia. After experiencing a great variety of service in the Kanawha Valley and elsewhere in West Virginia, the Regiment finally, in the fall of 1862, went to join the forces operating against Vicksburg. It moved to Memphis and then to Chattanooga, and took part in the Mission Ridge battle, and in the relief of Knoxville. The Regiment returned from veteran furlough to fight in the Atlanta campaign, the march to the sea, and the assault on Fort McAllister. It marched through the Carolinas, then moved west and south again, and was mustered out at Little Rock in August, 1865. When the Regiment entered field service it numbered 830 men. At the close of the Atlanta campaign it numbered 120-rank and file.

From Dyer's Compendium

47th Regiment Infantry. Organized at Camp Dennison, Ohio, and mustered in August 13, 1861. Ordered to Clarksburg, W. Va., August 27; thence moved to Weston August 29. Attached to McCook's Brigade, Kanawha District, West Virginia, to October, 1861. 1st Brigade, Kanawha Division, West Virginia, to March, 1862. 2nd Brigade, Kanawha Division, West Virginia, to May, 1862. 3rd Brigade, Kanawha Division, West Virginia, to August, 1862. District of the Kanawha, West Virginia, Dept. of the Ohio, to December, 1862. Ewing's Brigade, Kanawha Division, West Virginia, to January, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 15th Army Corps, Army of the Tennessee, to October, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 15th Army Corps, to June, 1865. Dept. of Arkansas to August, 1865.
SERVICE.--Battle of Carnifex Ferry, W. Va., September 10, 1861. Advance to Camp Lookout and Big Sewell Mountain September 24-26. Retreat to Camp Anderson October 6-9. Operations in the Kanawha Valley and New River Region October 19-November 16. Moved to Gauley Bridge December 6, and duty there till April 23, 1862. Expedition to Lewisburg April 23-May 10. Moved to Meadow Bluff May 29. Expedition to Salt Sulphur Springs June 22-25. Duty there till August. Moved to Gauley Bridge, thence to Summerville September 3. Campaign in the Kanawha Valley September 6-16. Retreat to Gauley Bridge September 10. Cotton Hill, Loop Creek and Armstrong's Creek September 11. Charleston September 12. Duty at Point Pleasant and in the Kanawha Valley till December. Ordered to Louisville, Ky., December 30; thence to Memphis, Tenn., and to Young's Point, La., January 21, 1863. Expedition to Rolling Fork via Muddy, Steele's and Black Bayous and Deer Creek March 14-27. Demonstrations on Haines and Drumgould's Bluffs April 29-May 2. Moved to Join army in rear of Vicksburg, Miss., May 2-14 via Richmond and Grand Gulf. Siege of Vicksburg May 18-July 4. Assaults on Vicksburg May 19 and 22. Advance on Jackson, Miss., July 4-10. Siege of Jackson, Miss., July 10-17. At Camp Sherman, Big Black, till September 26. Moved to Memphis, Tenn., thence march to Chattanooga September 26-November 21. Operations on Memphis & Charleston Railroad in Alabama October 20-29. Bear Creek, Tuscumbia, October 27. Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign November 23-27. Tunnel Hill November 23-24. Mission Ridge November 25. Pursuit to Graysville November 26-27. March to relief of Knoxville November 28-December 8. Return to Bellefonte, Ala., thence moved to Larkins' Landing, Ala. Reconnoissance to Rome January 25-February 5, 1864. Reenlisted March 8. Veterans on furlough March 18-May 3. Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign May to September. Demonstrations on Resaca May 8-13. Near Resaca May 13. Battle of Resaca May 14-15. Advance on Dallas May 18-25. 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. Assault on Kenesaw June 27. Nickajack Creek July 2-5. Ruff's Mills July 3-4. Chattahoochie River July 5-17. Battle of Atlanta July 22. 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 September 29-November 3. Turkeytown and Gadsden Road October 25. March to the sea November 15-December 10. Siege of Savannah December 10-21. Fort McAllister December 13. Campaign of the Carolinas January to April, 1865. Cannon's Bridge, South Edisto River, S. C., February 8. North Edisto River February 12-13. Columbia February 15-17. Battle of Bentonville, N. C., March 20-21. Occupation of Goldsboro March 24. Advance on Raleigh April 10-14. Bennett's House April 26. Surrender of Johnston and his army. March to Washington, D.C., via Richmond, Va., April 29-May 30. Grand Review May 24. Moved to Louisville, Ky., June; thence to Little Rock, Ark., and duty there till August. Mustered out August 11, 1865. Regiment lost during service 2 Officers and 80 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 136 Enlisted men by disease. Total 219.

Thanks to Dr. Richard A. Sauers for the initial research and indexing of the National Tribune articles.

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