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2nd Regiment Ohio Volunteer Cavalry
In the American Civil War, Ohio provided the federal government with 260 regiments of men, including infantry, artillery, and cavalry units. Ohioans also served in several other regiments from other states, most notably from Kentucky, West Virginia, and Massachusetts, as well as in federal units. Almost 330,000 Ohio men, including 5,092 African Americans, served in the Union military during the conflict. Continue Reading »
Army of Kentucky (USA)
Formed on October 7, 1862, the Army of Kentucky served for eight months in the states of Kentucky and Tennessee, before being disbanded on June 8, 1863. Continue Reading »
Battle of Port Hudson
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Siege of Port Hudson
Also known as the Battle of Port Hudson, the Siege of Port Hudson was the longest siege in the history of American warfare. Continue Reading »
Special Order No. 51 (Department of the Ohio)
On October 7, 1862, the Major General Horatio G. Wright, commanding Department of the Ohio, issued Special Order No. 51, assigning Major General Gordon Granger to command the newly created Army of Kentucky. Continue Reading »
1st Regiment Ohio Volunteer Cavalry
In the American Civil War, Ohio provided the federal government with 260 regiments of men, including infantry, artillery, and cavalry units. Ohioans also served in several other regiments from other states, most notably from Kentucky, West Virginia, and Massachusetts, as well as in federal units. Almost 330,000 Ohio men, including 5,092 African Americans, served in the Union military during the conflict. Continue Reading »
General Orders No. 94 (U.S. War Department)
On November 1, 1861, the U.S. War Department issued General Order No. 94 announcing the retirement of Lieutenant-General Winfield Scott and the appointment of Major-General George B. McClellan to assume command of the Army of the United States. Continue Reading »
General Order, No. 184 (U.S. War Department)
On November 8, 1862, the U.S. War Department issued General Orders No. 184, naming Major General Nathaniel P. Banks as commander of the Department of the Gulf. Continue Reading »
5th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Cavalry
In the American Civil War, Ohio provided the federal government with 260 regiments of men, including infantry, artillery, and cavalry units. Ohioans also served in several other regiments from other states, most notably from Kentucky, West Virginia, and Massachusetts, as well as in federal units. Almost 330,000 Ohio men, including 5,092 African Americans, served in the Union military during the conflict. Continue Reading »
Canby, Edward Richard Sprigg
A career United States Army officer, Major General Edward Canby commanded the victorious Union troops during the Battle of Fort Blakely, which is often cited as the last major infantry engagement east of the Mississippi River during the American Civil War. Continue Reading »
Ord, Edward Otho Cresap
A career United States Army officer, Edward O.C. Ord played major leadership roles in both theaters of the American Civil War and as commander of the Department of the Ohio at the conclusion of hostilities. Continue Reading »
Army of the James
During the American Civil War, Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant consolidated troops from the Department of Virginia and North Carolina to form the Army of the James to support his Overland Campaign in 1864. Continue Reading »
Army of the Gulf
An amalgamation of troops assigned to the Department of the Gulf from 1862 through 1865, the Army of the Gulf served as an occupation force in New Orleans (1862-1863) and as the main Union command during the Red River Campaign during the American Civil War. Continue Reading »
Banks, Nathaniel Prentice
Nathaniel Prentice Banks was a ten-time member of the United States House of Representatives and, during the American Civil War, one of President Abraham Lincoln's political generals. Continue Reading »
Red River Campaign
The Red River Campaign was an ill-fated Union attempt to capture Shreveport, Louisiana and drive all Rebel forces out of the state during the spring of 1864. Continue Reading »
General Orders No. 192 (U.S. War Department)
On May 7, 1864, the U.S. War Department issued General Orders No. 192, creating the Division of West Mississippi, Edward Canby commanding. Continue Reading »
General Orders No. 118 (U.S. War Department)
At the conclusion of the Civil War, the U.S. War Department issued General Orders No. 118 on June 27, 1865, which divided the United States into military districts and divisions. Continue Reading »
General Orders No. 20 (Headquarters of the Army)
On February 23, 1862, Major General George B. McClellan issued General Orders No. 20 (Dept. of the Army) creating the Department of the Gulf and naming Major General Benjamin F. Butler to command. Continue Reading »
General Orders No. 297 (U.S. War Department)
On December 3, 1864, the U.S. War Department issued General Orders No. 297, discontinuing the 10th and 18th Army Corps, and creating the 24th and 25th Army Corps. Continue Reading »
Grant, Ulysses S.
Ohioan Ulysses S. Grant was an American military and political leader during the nineteenth century. Rising from humble beginnings, a lackluster military career, and an undistinguished civilian life prior to the American Civil War, Grant emerged to become General of the Army, eighteenth President of the United States, and, perhaps, the most famous person in the world during his time. Continue Reading »

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