Company E 120th Ohio Volunteer Infantry
History of the 120th OVI
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E of the 120th OVI
Arranged alphabetically regardless of rank
Majority signed for 3 years.
Date beside name is date of Entering the Service and the
information about service is taken from Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio, 1888, Vol 8
and the Roll of Honor in the back of that volume.
The county where they seem to be living at the time of entering the service is in the right hand corner.
Those who died in service are marked with a red *.
For more on Camp Ford where the Snaggy Point captives were held, see history section and links
The following Muster Roll records can be found at: openlibrary.org
[Researcher's annotations in brackets]
[PDF Map of place names]
Captain Benjamin Eason [Eason resigned 15 Mar 1863; William McIlvain became Captain Co E 17 Feb 1863 and resigned 19 Jan 1864; Wesley Spear became Captain 11 Aug 1864]
Oct 14th to 31st, 1862 shows station of company, Covington Barracks, Kentucky
Record of events: Company E Left camp Mansfield near Mansfield Ohio in the 120th Regt O.V.I. on the 25th day of October 1862. came by Railroad via Columbus, Ohio to Cincinnati; from thence marched on the morning of the 26th of October to Covington Barracks, near Covington Kentucky.
Nov and Dec, 1862 shows station of company, Battle Ground at Chickasaw Bluff near Vicksburg, Mississippi
Record of events: Company E left Covington Barracks, Kentucky Nov 21st 1862, together with the Regiment went aboard Steamboat Fort Wayne bound for Memphis, Tennessee. Landed at Memphis Dec 7th 1862 and lay at Camp Oliver near Memphis til Dec 20th 1862 when the company left with the Regiment went aboard Steamboat Key West No. 2, bound for Vicksburg Mississippi. landed on the east bank of the Yazoo River about twelve (12) miles from its mouth - moved towards Vicksburg, was engaged in the Battles of the 28th and 29th of December 1862 at Chickasaw Bluffs, near Vicksburg and are now occupying a position on the Battlefield in front of the enemies lines.
Jan and Feb, 1863, shows station of company, Camp Young's Point, Louisiana
Record of events: January 1st 1863 Company E, together with the 120th Regiment left its position on the Battle ground at Chickasaw Bluffs - went aboard steamboat Key West No 2 in Yazoo River steamed down that river to the Mississippi, up the latter to the mouth of White River, up White River, and by way of the "cutoff." into the Arkansas, up the Arkansas to Arkansas Post, and went into battle on the 11th day of January supported one section of Capt Fosters First Wisconsin Battery during the fight. Went into camp two days succeeding the Battle, then went aboard steamboat Jesse K Bell, steamed down the Arkansas to the Mississippi. Down the latter to this station where the Company has encamped with the Regiment, since January 21, 1863.
April 10, 1863 shows station of company, Smith's Plantation, La.
March and April, 1863, station not stated.
Record of events: Lay with the Regiment at Millikens Bend, La until April 2, 1863, when we marched to Richmond La. from Richmond to James' Plantation ; then to Perkins Plantation La. where we went aboard Transports on the Mississippi River on the 28th day of April 1863 and sailed? to Grand Gulf, where we witnessed the bombardment, but took no part. April 30th marched to the Battlefield of "Thompsons Hill"
May and June, 1863, shows station of company, Black River Bridge Miss.
Record of events: May 1st was engaged in the Battle of Thompsons Hill Miss in which the Co. lost two men killed and one wounded. Was in the Siege of Vicksburg from the 19th to the 24th of May since which time we have been at Black River Bridge.
July and Aug, 1863, shows station of company, Carrolton, La.
Sept and Oct, 1863, shows station of company, New Iberia.
Nov and Dec, 1863, shows station of Plaquemine, La.
Jany and Feby, 1864, shows station of company, Plaquemine La.
Mch and Apl, 1864, shows station of company, Baton Rouge La.
May and June, 1864, shows station of company, Morganzia Bend La.
Record of events: The company left Baton Rouge La on the steamer "City Belle" for Alexandria La May 1st 1864. While proceeding up Red River on the 3rd day of May - was fired into by the enemy with artillery and musketry - resulting in the capture of the boat with all company books, rolls,etc. Had one man killed and fourteen taken prisoners. One com. officer and twenty six men escaped, and arrived at Alexandria May 4th distance 30 miles. May 12th was ordered to the front. May 13th was deployed as skirmishers and covered the Retreat for five miles. Marched day and night (nearly) and arrived at Morganzia's Bend La on the Miss, River - distance 100? miles - May 22nd 1864.
July and Aug 1864, shows station of company, Morganza La.
Record of events: Company Left Morganza the morning of the 24th Aug 1864 on board the steamer Ohio Belle. Arrived at Port Hudson the morning of the 24 Aug and disembarked. Started the evening of the 24th on a scout in the direction of Clinton La. There we arrived on the 25th of Aug a distance of 25 miles. Left Clinton on the 26th of Aug for Port Hudson. Arrived at Port Hudson the 28th Aug. Embarked for Morganza and arrived there the evening of the 28 Aug 1864 without the loss of any men.
Sept and Oct, 1864, shows station of company, Mouth White River Ark.
No muster out roll of Co.
[The 120th OVI merged into the 114th OH Inf on 27 Nov 1864.]
If you want a bio of one of the soldiers, the list below is for you.
If you want a snapshot view of the Company, click here for the spreadsheet summary of the men of the Company.
The file for each soldier is a pdf file. Click on the name to view the file.
ANDERSON, Samuel G. Confusion with 2 men.
BENHIZER, Edward BENSINGER
FRENALMAN, Lewis FUNALMAN
LEDGERD, John LEDYERD
MERRITT, Charles D. no information
PATTERSON, Samuel* Lemuel
PERSHIN, Harmon B. PERHING
RAPP, John* ROPP
SMITH, George Could really use pension papers!
STOUGHT, William H.* STOUGH
WAGNOR, Isaac* James WAGGONER
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