The Military History of the 123d Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry
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123d Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
In consenting to write the history of the organization,and the marches, skirmishes, battles and deeds of ourbrave old regiment, at this late date, is, I know, acceptingan undertaking from which anyone might well shrink;and yet to preserve on record the dear old story, thetask has been cheerfully attempted.
It is not expected that this book will be of interest tothe general reader; to those only who participated in, orfollowed with loving eyes, its fortunes, will the dry details,which must necessarily often enter into its composition,be interesting, and without apology to the officers andmen, of the 123d Ohio Volunteer Infantry, this book isoffered as a true record of their soldier life.
To the noble dead of our old battle-worn regiment, whethersleeping in unknown graves, on southern battlefields,or by the dark prison pens, where only the sighing pinesmay chaunt their requiem, or it may be in the quietchurchyards of our own bright northland, to their widowsand orphans who mourn in sorrow for their brightnoble ones who will never more return; to the maimedand crippled ones, limping throughout the land, theirheroism saved, these pages are sacredly dedicated.
The 123d Regiment was organized under the secondcall for six hundred thousand troops, and was recruitedduring the months of August and September, 1862, inthe counties of Erie, Huron, Seneca, Crawford andWyandotte, and was rendezvoused at Monroeville,Huron county, Ohio; some companies arriving late inAugust, while all were in camp early in September.Gen. J. A. Jones was post commander, and assignedcompanies to their quarters as they arrived, saw thatthey were properly subsisted, &c. All the companies,6except K, were mustered into the United States Serviceby Capt. E. W. H. Read of the 8th U. S. Infantry, onthe 24th and 29th days of September; company K wasmustered in by Capt. Chas. C. Goddard of the 17thInfantry, on the 16th of October, the day we left forthe seat of war.
Company A was recruited in Wyandotte county byCapt. J. W. Chamberlin, and was mustered into the serviceat Monroeville, Ohio, September 24, as follows:
8Company B was recruited in Huron county by Capt.Horace Kellogg, with headquarters at Norwalk. Thecompany was full by the 25th of August, and after remainingin Norwalk for a time, went into camp at Monroevilleearly in September, and was mustered into theservice on the 24th, as follows: