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Muster In: Regiment organized at Camp Chase, Ohio, and mustered in May 12, 1864.1
Muster Out: Mustered out September 10, 1864.2

Commander(s):
Lieutenant Colonel John Dempsey
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Commander 2
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Commander 3
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First Offensive Order of Battle: ? | Army of the James | Union Army3

Second Offensive Order of Battle: First Brigade | Third Division | X Corps | Army of the James | Union Army5,6

Third Offensive Order of Battle: First Brigade | Third Division | X Corps | Army of the James | Union Army9,10

  • Commander: Lieutenant Colonel John Dempsey (July 31, 1864)11
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  • Weapons:

Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: First Brigade | Third Division | X Corps | Army of the James | Union Army (August 1-29, 1864)12

  • Commander:
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  • Weapons:
  • Note: Ordered to Columbus, Ohio, August 29.13

Fifth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • No longer in existence.14

Sixth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • No longer in existence.15

Seventh Offensive Order of Battle:

  • No longer in existence.16

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • No longer in existence.17

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • No longer in existence.18

Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles19:

  • Moved to Bermuda Hundred, Va., June 8-12.
  • Attached to 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 10th Army Corps, Army of the James.
  • Reconnaissance on the Petersburg & Richmond Railroad June 14-15.
  • Skirmish on Petersburg and Richmond Turnpike June 15-16.
  • Moved to Wilson’s Landing June 16.
  • Fatigue duty building Fort Pocahontas and scouting on west side of the James River until August.
  • Ordered to Columbus, Ohio, August 29.

Bibliography:

    Siege of Petersburg Documents Which Mention This Unit:

      Sources:

      1. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
      2. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
      3. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), p. 234: This casualty list indicates that the Third Division was formed on June 19, 1864, one day after the First offensive ended.  I am positive the regiment was in the area of Bermuda Hundred during the First Offensive and was considered a part of the Army of the James, but I am unsure exactly which sub-organization the regiment belonged to.  More research is needed.
      4. Volume 14 (Ordnance Returns for the Second Quarter, April-June, 1864); 163rd Ohio Entry, Page 42; Summary Statements of Quarterly Returns of Ordnance and Ordnance Stores on Hand in Regular and Volunteer Army Organizations, 1862-1867, 1870-1876. (National Archives Microfilm Publication M1281, Roll 7); Records of the Office of the Chief of Ordnance, 1797-1969, Record Group 156; National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.
      5. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), p. 234
      6. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 2 (Serial Number 81), p. 554
      7. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 2 (Serial Number 81), p. 554
      8. Volume 14 (Ordnance Returns for the Second Quarter, April-June, 1864); 163rd Ohio Entry, Page 42; Summary Statements of Quarterly Returns of Ordnance and Ordnance Stores on Hand in Regular and Volunteer Army Organizations, 1862-1867, 1870-1876. (National Archives Microfilm Publication M1281, Roll 7); Records of the Office of the Chief of Ordnance, 1797-1969, Record Group 156; National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.
      9. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), page 264
      10. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 3 (Serial Number 82), page 739
      11. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 3 (Serial Number 82), page 739
      12. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
      13. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
      14. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
      15. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
      16. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
      17. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
      18. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
      19. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)

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