97th Ohio Infantry

compiled by Larry Stevens

References for this Unit

Barnes Photo
Lt. Colonel Milton Barnes


Organized September 1st and 2d, 1862, under Colonel John Q. Lane, it entered the field, immediately proceeding to Covington, Ky., during Kirby Smith's raid. In October it joined Buell's army and marched south from Louisville, participating in the battle of Perryville. It again engaged the enemy at Stone River, and in September, 1863, the 97th drove the Rebel sharp shooters from Chattanooga and entered the place three hours before the main army. At Mission Ridge the Regiment fought in Sheridan's Division and lost 156 killed and wounded. It marched to the relief of Burnside at Knoxville, and operated in East Tennessee until May, 1864, when it joined Sherman's Atlanta campaign, fighting conspicuously to the end. At Kenesaw it lost over 100 men in the space of 30 minutes. At the battle of Peach Tree Creek it received special compliments for its gallantry from Generals Howard and Newton. After the fall of Atlanta it followed Hood into Tennessee and participated in the battles of Franklin and Nashville, and joined in the pursuit to the Tennessee river. It remained in Huntsville, Alabama until March 1865, when it moved into East Tennessee and then back to Nashville, where it was mustered out June 12, 1865.

From Dyer's Compendium

97th Regiment Infantry. Organized at Zanesville, Ohio, September 1, 1862. Moved to Covington, Ky., September 7, thence to Louisville, Ky., September 20. Attached to 21st Brigade, 6th Division, Army of the Ohio, September, 1862. 21st Brigade, 6th Division, 2nd Corps, Army Ohio, to November, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, Left Wing 14th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to January, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 21st Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to October, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 4th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to June. 1865.
SERVICE.--Pursuit of Bragg into Kentucky October 1-15, 1862. Battle of Perryville, Ky., October 8 (Reserve). March to Nashville, Tenn., October 16-November 21, and duty there till December 26. Action at Kimbrough's Mill, Mill Creek, December 6. Advance on Murfreesboro December 26-30. Battle of Stone's River December 30-31, 1862, and January 1-3, 1863. Duty at Murfreesboro till June. Reconnoissance to Nolensville and Versailles January 13-15. Expedition to McMinnville April 20-30. Middle Tennessee or Tullahoma Campaign June 23-July 7. Passage of the Cumberland Mountains and Tennessee River and Chickamauga (Ga.) Campaign August 16-September 22. Occupation of Chattanooga, Tenn., September 9. First Regiment to enter city and assigned to duty as its garrison. Siege of Chattanooga September 24-November 23. 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. Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign May 1 to September 8. Demonstrations on Rocky Face Ridge and Dalton, Ga., 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. Ackworth June 18. Assault on Kenesaw June 27. Ruff's Station, Smyrna Camp Ground, July 4. Chattahoochie River July 5-17. Buckhead, Nancy's Creek, July 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 September 29-November 3. Nashville Campaign November-December. Columbia, Duck River, November 24-27. 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. Operations in East Tennessee March 15-April 22. Moved to Nashville, Tenn., and duty there till June. Mustered out June 10, 1865. Regiment lost during service 1 Officer and 92 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 160 Enlisted men by disease. Total 254.

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

Thanks to Jeff Forret for a few of the sources on this page.

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