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147th Ohio Infantry

147th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry
Active May 16, 1864 to August 30, 1864
Country United States
Allegiance Union
Branch Infantry
Engagements Battle of Fort Stevens

The 147th Ohio Volunteer Infantry (or 147th OVI) was an infantry regiment in the Union Army during the American Civil War.


The 147th Ohio Infantry was organized at Camp Chase in Columbus, Ohio and mustered in May 16, 1864 for 100 days service under the command of Colonel Benjamin F. Rosson.

The regiment left Ohio for Washington, D.C., May 20 and was attached to 1st Brigade, DeRussy's Division, XXII Corps, to July. 2nd Brigade, DeHussy's Division, XXII Corps, to August. Assigned to garrison duty at Fort Ethan Allen, Fort Marcy, Fort Reno, and Fort Stevens, Defenses of Washington, until August 23. Repulse of Early's attack on Washington July 11-12.

The 147th Ohio Infantry mustered out of service August 30, 1864.

Ohio National Guard

Over 35,000 Ohio National Guardsmen were federalized and organized into regiments for 100 days service in May 1864. Shipped to the Eastern Theater, they were designed to be placed in "safe" rear areas to protect railroads and supply points, thereby freeing regular troops for Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s push on the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia. As events transpired, many units found themselves in combat, stationed in the path of Confederate Gen. Jubal Early’s veteran Army of the Valley during its famed Valley Campaigns of 1864. Ohio Guard units met the battle-tested foe head on and helped blunt the Confederate offensive thereby saving Washington, D.C. from capture. Ohio National Guard units participated in the battles of Monacacy, Fort Stevens, Harpers Ferry, and in the siege of Petersburg.


The regiment lost 22 enlisted men during service, all due to disease.


  • Colonel Benjamin F. Rosson

See also


  • Cowen, Benjamin Rush. Roster of the 147th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry: With Age at Enlistment, Post Office Address and Deaths, As Far As Could Be Ascertained, August 1899 (West Milton, OH: Radabaugh Bros.), 1913.
  • Dyer, Frederick H. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion (Des Moines, IA: Dyer Pub. Co.), 1908.
  • Ohio Roster Commission. Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War on the Rebellion, 1861–1865, Compiled Under the Direction of the Roster Commission (Akron, OH: Werner Co.), 1886-1895.
  • Reid, Whitelaw. Ohio in the War: Her Statesmen, Her Generals, and Soldiers (Cincinnati, OH: Moore, Wilstach, & Baldwin), 1868. ISBN 9781154801965
  • Schilling, T. C. Roster of the 147th O.V.I.: With Age at Enlistment, Post Office Address and Deaths, As Far As Could Be Ascertained, August, 1891 (S.l.: s.n.), 1891.
  • Dyer, Frederick H. (1908). A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. Des Moines, IA: Dyer Publishing Co.

External links

  • Ohio in the Civil War: 147th Ohio Volunteer Infantry by Larry Stevens
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