FORTY-SEVENTH OHIO INFANTRY
The regiment was
one of the first supplied by the Buckeye State. Its
organization was completed at Camp Dennison, August 13, 1861.
Thirteen nationalities were represented in it, and Frederick
Poschner, jr., a native of Hungary, formerly an officer in
the Prussian army, was elected its colonel. General
Rosecans was commanding in West Virginia then, and the
Forty-seventh was here made ready for war. September 24,
the brigade advanced on Big Sewell mountain, encamping on an
opposite peak to the rebel fortifications. While here the
soldiers suffered almost beyond description. The heavy and
continuous rains swept away bridges and rendered roads
impassable, so that the supplies were nearly all cut off.
On quarter rations, without clothes and tents, their earlier
experiences of warfare were painful in the extreme. On the
thirtieth of December, 1862, the regiment embarked on steamers
for Louisville and Memphis. Here they became a part of the
expedition against Vicksburgh. In the march that ended at
Walnut Hills, behind Vicksburgh, May 18, 1853, many prisoners
were captured from General Loring's forces. On the
nineteenth and again on the twenty-second, Colonel Perry
led an impetuous assault on Cemetery Hill. Each time he
gained a footing close under the works, and held it for a time.
The loss, however, was severe. Soon after the
Forty-seventh was dispatched after Johnston's forces.
It had a part in the attack and capture of Jackson.
Colonel A. C. Perry was made provost marshal, and his
regiment destroyed the rebel fortifications and the railroad
track about the city. Afterward we hear of it honorably,
in Vicksburgh, Memphis, Germantown, Corinth, Iuka, and
October 21, 1863, the regiment arrived opposite
Chattanooga, adn three days after the whole army advanced and
opened the battle of Chickamauga. Following this battle
the Forty=seventh was made a part of the force sent to
General Burnside's relief at Knoxville, and on January 30,
1864, joined an expedition against Rome, Georgia. March
sixth of the same year, three-fourths of the men re-enlisted,
and on the twenty-fifth of April after a month's furlough, they
re=assembled, to a man, at Camp Dennison, and on the third of
the following month were again in the army at Stevenson,
Alabama. In the Atlanta campaign that followed, this
regiment bore no inferior part. November 15th saw them off
with Sherman's army in its memorable "march to the sea."
On Monday, December 13th, the assault on Fort McAllister was
made, the Forty-seventh in the advance. At the successful
issue, it was found that the colors of this regiment were the
first planted upon the fort. On Christmas, Savannah was
occupied. Shortly after followed a march through the rebel
capital to Washington, which ended in a participation in the
When the Forty-seventh entered the field, it numbered eight hundred
and thirty men; at the end of the Atlanta campaign only one
hundred and twenty remained. It was subsequently
reinforced by four hundred drafted men and substitutes. It
served as a part of the "army of occupation" till August 24th,
when the men were paid off and discharged, having served four
hears two months and nine days, and in all the slave States
except Texas, Florida and Missouri.
FIELD AND STAFF.
Lieutenant Colonel John Wallace
Assistant Surgeon Gilmore
Captain John Wallace.
Second Lieutenant Joseph L. Pinkerton
Sergeant Edward N. Bernard
Sergeant Henry N. VanDyke
Sergeant William H. McWhinney
Corporal Ebenezer B. Elliott
Corporal Joseph G. Sloan
Corporal Israel Brown
Corporal William F. Ramsey
Corporal James B. Wilson
Drummer John Pierson
Wagoner William Marshall
Bistick, John H.
Brown, James L.
Brown, William J.
Bushman, William M.
Cook, Thomas M.
Douglas, William A.
Goldsmith, Samuel F.
Graham, Benjamin F.
Hamilton, William R.
Magaw, Theopholus M.
|Magee, James C.
McBurney, William J.
McQuiston, John C.
Miner, William M.
Park, Andrew B.
Parker, Andrew J.
Porter, James B.
Ramsey, James B.
Sayres, George S.
Sliver, Isaac U.
Smith, William H.
Troth, Augustus I.
Weed, Jonathan P.
Wilson, Solomon C.