Here is the Table of Contents:
Day-by-Day with the 89th Ohio
1862 - Call To The Colors
The Defense Of Cincinnati & Western Virginia
Winter At Cotton Mountain
1863 - Gems, Not Bullets
With The Cumberland Army
Prelude To Battle
Sacrifice At Chickamauga
Siege & Redemption
1864 - Road To Atlanta
March To The Sea
1865 - Through The Carolinas
March To Washington
Road Home To Ohio
Fate of the Captured
Diary of Lieutenant Edward S. Scott
Journal of Sergeant William J. McKell
To and From Libby Prison, by Corporal John F. Hill
Letter of Private Thomas J. Doughman
Private William Kerns
Buried At Andersonville
Buried At Danville
Morgan’s Ohio Invasion
Eyewitness to Murder
Corporal Robert Perry Barber
Private William McK. Barns/Barnes
First Lieutenant Thomas H. Beveridge
Captain Allison L. Brown
First Sergeant Robert Stewart Brown
Private Jasper N. Burtnett
Colonel Caleb Carlton
Sergeant Horace K. Dolen
Private Maurice Dolen
Private Samuel T. Dolen
Private Thomas Jefferson Doughman
Private Hezekiah England
First Lieutenant Ortho Pearre Fairfield
Private George W. Fleming
Brevet Captain Joseph Benson Foraker
Captain Oliver C. Gatch
Captain William Haight
Sergeant Josephus H. Hall
Private Joab Hart
Corporal John Fletcher Hill
Private George M. Hinshaw
Private William Christie Johnson
Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel John H. Jolly
Private William Kerns
Captain Marcellus A. Leeds
Corporal Jacob W. Lucas
Corporal Henry Bonnel Mattox
Sergeant Jesse Taylor McClave
Sergeant William James McKell
Captain Isaac Cook Nelson
First Lieutenant Joseph Campbell Oliver
First Lieutenant George W. Penn
Corporal Elijah Rockhold, Jr.
Private Jacob J. Roseboom
Adjutant Edward Scofield Scott
Color Sergeant Jacob Shively
Private Robert E. Shivers
Assistant Surgeon Colon Junius Spence
Private William S. Thacker
First Lieutenant Stephen V. Walker
Private Samuel Weaver
Corporal Silas Weaver
Name Index (1,207 entries)
An excerpt from Day-by-Day with the 89th Ohio:
May 19th 1864—To Captain W. B. Curtis, Assistant Adjutant-General, First Brigade, Third Division, XIV Army
Corps. Sir: Marched at 9:00am on the 19th for Kingston, Georgia; passed
through town at noon and formed line of battle; no enemy appearing, we crossed the creek in our front, moving upon the hill
south a short distance; formed line of battle, threw out skirmishers, and after two hours’ delay, recalled them; moved
by the left flank toward Cassville, where firing was heard, with slight skirmishing in front.
We halted, put out skirmishers, and threw up temporary breast-works, where we remained during the night and until the
23rd. Major John H. Jolly, 89th Ohio. [Official Records]
—Started at 9:00am and marched to
Kingston on the railroad. Had one canteen of whiskey issued to the company. When we got through Kingston, the prospect of a fight was flattering and we were in
line of battle two or three hours. The rebs vacated however and we advanced a
mile or two and built fortifications. [Capt. Nelson]
—Started again this morning
and passed through Kingston leaving it in the rear about four miles and camped for the night having skirmished all afternoon.
Here are two of the 42 full-length
biographies in the book:
Private Joab Hart
Hart, a first-generation Ohioan was born in Highland County on March 19,
1827. He and Caroline Strange married in Hillsboro on April 27, 1851. Prior to his enlistment in Company A on August 10, 1862,
the couple had five children.
At enlistment, Hart was 35 years old; 5 feet 11 inches tall; had fair complexion,
blue eyes, and light hair; and his occupation was farming. He received a $100.00 bounty, but only took $25.00 of it and a
$2.00 travel premium when he entered service. Hart mustered with the rest of the regiment at Camp Dennison on August 26, 1862.
He was present for duty until February 12, 1863, when he entered General
Hospital 14 in Nashville, Tennessee with measles. His condition worsened as cold settled in his head and spine causing general
disability. He left Nashville hospitals in May, 1863, and was admitted to the General Hospital in New Albany, Indiana, until
that June when he returned to duty.
After Hart’s return to the 89th, Surgeon Samuel Crew treated him
on and off for the same condition. Finally in July, 1864, he needed to be hospitalized again, first in Chattanooga and then
later in Nashville. He received a 20-day sick furlough and visited home before joining his regiment in November 1864.
Hart was present for duty until he mustered out with the regiment on June
7, 1865. He returned home to Russells Station, Highland County, and started farming again. He and Caroline had two more children,
Thomas in 1866 and Charley in 1872.
His health remained good until 1871 when he experienced a heart attack.
In addition to these attacks that occurred more frequently as the years passed, he began to complain of his spine.
These conditions affected his ability to farm and support his family. From
1871 to 1881, they moved five times to locations in Highland, Clinton, and Fayette counties; eventually ending up back in
In 1879, Hart applied for an invalid pension and in the declaration stated
that he "incurred the measles and caught cold and the said measles settled in his head and breast which resulted in catarrh
of the nose and head and irritation of the brain and spine and also bronchitis and general disability." Later in the document,
he wrote that as a farmer he was three-fourths disabled. The application process continued through 1883, and sometime before
1890, he received his pension under certificate number 251182.
By 1890, Hart and his family moved to Hoaglin, Van Wert County, Ohio. He
purchased a 5½-acre farm in Pleasant Township. Hart lived there until he died of heart disease on October 8, 1901. He was
74 years old. At the time of his death, he was receiving a pension of $12.00 a month.
On October 11, 1901, the same day Hart was buried in Mt. Pleasant Church
cemetery, his widow, Caroline applied for a Widow’s Pension. Hart’s estate left her no assets, and her own poor
health prevented her from working. She received a pension of $8.00 a month until her death at the age of 73 on March 10, 1906.
Joab and Caroline’s fifth child, Sarah Hart, born January 9, 1860,
later married Frank Estelle Fenner. They moved to Columbus, Ohio, and in 1897 had one of their three sons, H. Lee Fenner.
Private Samuel Weaver
Samuel Weaver (1842-1864) was the first child of Mary Tate (1818-1891)
and Charles Henry Weaver (1818-1883). Samuel was named after his grandfather, Samuel Weaver (1797-1863), who arrived in Clermont
County, Ohio, with his father, John Weaver (1749-1831) in 1810. John Weaver was a Revolutionary War veteran of the Berkeley
County Virginia Militia and was patented 682 acres of land in Clermont County for his military service. Patriotism ran deep
in the Weaver family, so when the Civil War began in 1861, an unmarried Samuel joined many other Clermont men in the call
Samuel Weaver enlisted at Williamsburg, Clermont County, Ohio, for
a three-year term and a $100.00 bounty on August 14, 1862. At the time of his enlistment, Samuel was a farmer, five feet eight
and a half inches tall, black hair, gray eyes and a dark complexion. He received a $25.00 advanced bounty with two additional
dollars for travel expenses to Camp Dennison, Ohio. Upon arrival, Samuel was mustered into service and attached to the newly
organized 89th Regiment of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry on the 26th day of
August 1862. The regiment primarily consisted of volunteers from the Clermont, Ross, Highland and Brown counties. Private
Samuel Weaver was assigned to Company B under the command of Captain James W. Vickers.
After surviving many battles, including the battle of Chickamauga,
on August 26th 1864, near Atlanta, Georgia, Private Samuel Weaver by reason
of illness entered the 89th Regimental field hospital. On September 23rd,
Samuel’s life ended as a result of chronic diarrhea-dysentery. Dysentery is an infectious disease that is due to poor
sanitary conditions associated with soldiers in the field and is spread by unhygienic handlers of food.
Samuel’s worldly possessions at the time of his death were a nightshirt,
a knapsack, a small bible, a box of tools and two handkerchiefs. All of his personal items were abandoned for lack of transportation
before the Council of Administration could dispose of them. The regiment had been ordered to move: General Sherman was beginning
to start the infamous "March to the Sea." Samuel was initially interred near Atlanta, Georgia, and now rests at the Marietta
National Cemetery in Marietta, Georgia.
On December 13th,
1884, following the death of her spouse, Mary Tate Weaver applied for a pension in behalf of her son, Samuel Weaver. The claim
and subsequent appeals were all rejected on the ground that the claimant was not dependent upon the soldier at the date of
his death. On April 9, 1891, Mary Tate Weaver passed away in Clermont County, Ohio, at the age of 72.
One example of the 85 editorial
January 14th 1864—Lieutenant Gamble Resigns. [First] Lieutenant John B. Gamble, of Company A, 89th
Ohio Volunteer Infantry, has been obliged to resign on account of chronic rheumatism and diarrhea, and has returned to his
home in this place. He left the regiment in the battle of Chickamauga, and was
one of the few officers of the 89th who escaped being captured on that occasion. [Highland News]
Note: John B. Gamble died of rheumatism of the heart on February 12, 1877 at Noblesville, Indiana. His wife, Margaret A. (Lyle) Gamble, applied and received a Widow’s Pension until her death in 1918. Five children were born to their marriage.