Company I, 120th Ohio Volunteer Infantry
Massillon Cemetery decorated for Memorial Day
Abraham Lincoln 4 Oct 1862, Frederick MD
History of the 120th OVI
Last updated 27 June 2015
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See if you can identify any of the people who attended this reunion of Company I, 120th OVI at the home of William B. Milliken.
Photo contributed by Dave Wallace.
Right in the center second row see man with woman's hand on shoulder...I think that is Christopher Au.
I 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 the 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.
All census records are United States Federal Census unless otherwise stated.
The following Muster Roll records can be found at: openlibrary.org
National Archives Microfilm Publications; Microcopy No. 594; Compiled Records Showing Service of Military Units in volunteer Union Organizations; Roll 160; Ohio; One Hundred Twentieth Infantry through One Hundred Twenty-ninth Infantry
[Researcher's annotations in brackets]
[PDF Map of place names]
Company A, Muster Roll Captain Christopher Au
Oct 17 to 31, 1862, shows station of company, Barracks near Covington, KY
Record of events: The 120th Regt of O.V.I. left Cp.[Camp] Mansfield O. Oct 25/62 and arrived at barracks near Covington Ky Oct 26/62.
Nov and Dec, 1862 shows company, near Vicksburg, Miss.
Record of events: Regt left Covington Brks Nov 21 and proceeded to Memphis, Tenn. by water. Arrived there and went into Cp. Dec 7/62 remaining there until 20th inst, when one took conveyance by water and proceeded down the Mississippi river to the mouth of the Yazoo river. It? proceeded up the river about 15 miles and landed Dec 26/62. On the 27th commenced skirmishing with the enemy ???? their fortifications near Vicksburg, Miss. 28th under fire and one man wounded in the hand. 29th Co in action no loss 30th Co on advance picket. 31st no firing. Co still remained in front of fortifications.
Jan and Feb, 1863 shows station of company, Cp near Youngs Point, La.
Record of events: Co on advanced picket ?retired and went aboard S. B.[steam boat] Jesse K. Bell at 12 ?m. June 2 moved down to Miss. River and proceeded up the latter to the mouth of White river thence moved up White river ? four miles, took the cut-off and ran across into the Ark [Arkansas] river. proceeded up the latter to Ark [Arkansas] Post, Ark., engaged the enemy Jan 11/63 at 3 p.m. took possession of works at 4 p.m. and camped ?? their ground. William Wilson fatally wounded in abdomen, died Jan 12/63. Franklin Getz slightly wounded in thumb. Went aboard S.B. Jesse K. Bell Jan 17 and proceeded down the river landed near Vicksburg Jan 23/63 and went into cp near Youngs Pt. [Point] La.
Special Muster Roll Apl 10, 1863 shows station of company, Cp on Smith's Plantation.
Mar and Apl, 1863 shows station of company, In the Field.
Record of events: Mar 1 regt at Youngs Point La. Mar 9 moved by transport and encamped by Cp McClernand, Milliken's Bend La. on the 10th remained there doing duty and drilling until Apl 2/63, where the regt suffered very severely from sickness Apl 2 marched ?14 miles and camped at Richmond La Apl 4th marched 10 miles and camped on Capt Holmes plantation 8?th marched 5 miles and camped on Smith's plantation, La 18th marched 4 miles and camped on James Plantation La 25 miles below Vicksburg. 21st marched 5 miles and camped on Perkins plantation La. 28th embarked and moved down the river within 5 miles of Grand Gulf - 29th witnessed naval engagement at Grand Gulf, Miss. 3 o'clock p.m. disembarked and marched 5, then bivouacked for the night. 30th embarked on transport and moved 10 miles down the river and ____ in Miss and took up a line of march at 3 p.m. and made a forced march of 18 miles.
May and June, 1863, shows station of company, Big Black River Bridge, Miss.
Record of events: May 1 fought the battle of Thomsons Hill or Port Gibson Battle opened early in the morning firing was terrific all day Ground strongly contested for, but at or near Sunset the Rebels fled ??? before our valiant and heroic soldiers across Bayou ?Pier at Port Gibson and burned the bridges behind them. Private Alford Wilson and Christian Burschlin were wounded , the former slightly and the latter severely. May 2nd advanced 5 miles to Port Gibson. May 3rd pursued the retreating enemy 13 miles. May 6th arrived at Rock Springs May 13th arrived at Raymond Miss. taken the day before by Logan and Quimby Remained in Raymond till the 18th-- Marched to Vicksburg a distance of 35 miles arrived there at 11 a.m. the 19th engaged in the siege till the 24th marched back to Big Black River Bridge. remained there til the 9th of June moved 4 miles and camped on Clear Creek to guard a road leading from the river to Vicksburg. June 23 moved back to Big Black.
July and Aug 1863 shows station of company, Carrollton La.
Record of events: July 7th left Black River in pursuit of Johnsons forces skirmishing with the rear guard of the enemy. July 10th arrived at Jackson Miss. after seiging the enemy for 8 days. the enemy evacuated July 21st. left Jackson marched back to Black River and Vicksburg arrived the 25th Remained in Camp in Vicksburg till Aug 8th moved to Port Hudson arrived ?? the 9th Remained in camp till Aug 25th Moved to Carrollton La.
Sept and Oct 1863 shows station of company, New Iberia La
Record of events: Sept 5 left Carrollton La and landed at Algiers La 6th. Proceeded by Rail Road 73 miles west to Bayou Boeuff 14th. left Bayou Boeuff and proceeded to Breashear City La 25th crossed to Berwick Oct 3rd left Berwick and arrived near New Iberia Oct 6th a distance of 45 miles Oct 9th marched a distance of 28 miles and arrived at Vermillion Bayou Oct 1- - Oct 23rd marched a distance of 25 miles and arrived near Opelousas Oct 24. Oct 27th marched back a distance of 12 miles Oct 29th and 30th marched back to New Iberia La.
Nov and Dec 1863 shows station of company, Plaquemine La
Record of events: Camped 2 miles East of New Iberia 6th moved one half mile west of the city remained 3 days expecting and attack 9th moved at 5 oclock ??? for Franklin La marched 23 miles and bivouacked near Franklin La 10th moved at 6 oclock a.m. marched 25 miles and camped for the night within 4 miles of Berwick City La. 11th marched at 6 oclock a.m. and moved to Berwick City La and went into camp Nov 18 crossed Berwick Bay and camped at Brashier City La. Nov 19 received orders at 1 oclock A.M. to march ???? in line? at 2:30 oclock and moved east by railroad 30 miles disembarked passed through the ???? and proceeded up bay on Lafourche to Donaldsonville at which place we arrived on the 21st and immediately embarked on Transport John Warner and landed at Plaquemine La at dark at which place we have remained up to this time doing garrison duty and fortifying the men. Generally healthy and on duty fully half the time.
Jany and Feby 1864 shows station of company Chatains Plantation La. [Pointe Coupee Parish, Plantation of John Chastan http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ajac/laptcoupee.htm]
Record of events: Remained at Plaquemine La. untill the evening of Jan 19/64 when I received orders to move immediately with my company. Went on board of the Transport Meter?, moved down to Chastains Plantation La (20 miles) where I received order to press hands and build a Levee on the 19th Feby 1864 I rec'd orders from Brig Gen Cook Comdg. District to remain at or near the above named Plantation.
Mch and April 1864 shows station of company, Baton Rouge
May and June 1864 shows station of company, Morganza
Record of events: Left Baton Rouge May 1 on board the City Belle and proceeded up Red River on the 3rd. was fired into by the enemy Boat captured and almost two-thirds of the Regt. Every thing belonging to the Regt lost. those escaping arrived at Alexandria on the 5th. Joined the Brigade May 13th. Left Alexandria and arrived at Morganza La on the Miss. River the 22nd of May where we are at present.
July and Aug 1864 shows station of company, Morganza La.
Record of events: Remained in camp at Morganza La. till Aug 23 - 24th embarked on board transports and landed at Port Hudson [East Baton Rouge Parish, 20 miles northwest of Baton Rouge] at 4 P.M. The same day started for Clinton a distance of 30 miles. Marched all night and arrived at Clinton 3 o'clock P.M. 25th 26th started back at 4 P.M. and marched 7 miles and camped for the night 27th ?marched within 5 miles of Port Hudson camped. 28th arrived at 8 o'clock and embarked on boats at 4 P.M. and arrived at Morganza La. 7 o'clock P.M.
Sept and Oct, 1864 shows station of company, Mouth of White River
Record of events: Sept and Oct, 1864 shows station of company, Mouth of White River [Arkansas]
Record of events: Sept 1st in camp at Morganzia Sept 3rd embarked on transports and landed and went into camp at the mouth of White River Sept 8, 1864 Embarked again on transport Sept 10 and landed and went into Camp at St. Charles Ark. on the 11th Sept where we remained until Oct 21 again embarked on transport proceeded to Duballs [De Valls] Bluff [Arkansas] arriving on the 22nd went into camp commenced putting up muster? Quarters and on the 25th received order to embark on transports and on the 27t arrived at the mouth of White River where we now are encamped.
No muster out roll of Co.
[The 120th OVI merged into the 114th OH Inf on 27 Nov 1864.]
Mustered in 17 Oct 1862 at Camp Mansfield, Ohio, by Alexander E. Drake, Captain 2d Infantry, USA.
Consolidated with the 114th OVI 27 Nov 1864.
Hardesty's Richland =Hardesty's Historical and
Geographical Encyclopedia. [Richland County OH version] 1885...
Only eight men of Company I were with Captain Au in escaping capture at the time of the attack on the City Bell. See the history section for more about the City Belle.
The file for each soldier is a pdf file. Click on the name to view the file.
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The red * indicates that the soldier died in service.
BOOYER, William BOOZER
CRAMER, John E. CROMER
EYELER, Abraham D. EYERLY
GOODMAN, William Never mustered. No Info. No pdf
HANAVIOUS, David HANNAFUS
HENNY, William HENRY
HILL, Thomas S. Thomas J.
LEIPER, John Rejected by mustering officer. No pdf
MANOR, James F. Rejected by mustering officer. No pdf.
MYERS, George W. Rejected by Mustering Officer. No pdf.
PAYNE, Benjamin ….... Interesting!
SHERMAN, Henry S. [Famous family]
WALLACE,Charles [Joined 120th twice]
YOCHIN, Peter YOCHIM
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