Descendants of the men who fought in the 78th in the "Slaveholders' War" (as it was called in Stevenson's Regimental History): If you are the descendant of a man who fought in the 78th OVVI, please indicate in the form below what you know about him. This may be no more than his name. On the other hand, if you have photographs, military records, diaries, old uniforms, badges, rifles, swords, etc., please indicate this information. Also, if you have family stories that you'd like to submit for the "Family Stories" page, please include this information as well. (Please include your email address for follow-up correspondence.) PLEASE NOTE THIS NEW IMPROVED GUESTBOOK IS SPAM PROOF AND ALSO IS HIDDEN FROM ROBOTS THAT GATHER EMAIL ADDRESSES FOR SPAM MILLS.

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I am a relative to Richard P. McGee a pvt. in Co.D I have his original discharge papers (I will share a copy with anyone interested its * * * full of data and signature from the 78th. I would love to make contact with anyone who may have info on him group photo anything.

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I am the GGGGranddaughter of S.W. Hardesty. His real name is Sylvester Walker Hardesty born about 1844 in i believe Meigs Township, Muskingum Co., Ohio. He volunteered in 1863 at the age of 18(possibly). He was shot and relieved from further duty in Atlanta, GA, but I don’t know when. He received his honorable discharge on 25 August 1865. He died in Bozeman, MT on 7 July 1918. He grew up a farmer, and went back to farming after the war. He was married to Mary J. King in 1867 and lived in Meigs Township, Ohio. They had five children and I am descended from his oldest son, John A. Hardesty. If anyone has anymore information about him, please let me know.

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Great site. My husbands gg grandfather John Cherry was in company b. We followed their trail from Fort Donnelson , to shiloh, to Vicksburg. Next time Georgia way. Brave men!

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I am the GG grandson of Abel R, Farnsworth, (misspelled both places)Private, of Company B , of the 78th OVI.Enlisted Aug. 30th, 1862. Died at Mansfield General Hospital Beaufort N.C., April,12th 1865. In pension papers filed by his widow it is stated by Cornelius Austin and Gershom Rose, who were with the Army of the Tennessee with Abel,that My GG Grandfather was taken sick with chronic diarrhea about the 3rd of February 1865, and stayed with the company until within a few days of his death when He was taken to the Hospital. Cause of death was stated as "Dropsey". I would be very interested if anyone might know where Abel is buried. I'd also like to find the resting place of his wife Martha (Coverdale) Farnsworth.

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My maternal grandfather's own maternal grandfather was Russel Bethel who enlisted in the 78th Ohio as private and was promoted a number of times and by the end of the war was ranked as 1st Lieutenant. In the Battle of Atlanta, after previous standard bearers were killed, Bethel took up the flag and pressed on in the thick of fiercest fighting. For his courage and bravery, he was awarded the gold medal by the Army of the Tennessee.

Admin reply: Thanks for a most interesting and inspiring story!


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As a child, I remember my mother always attending meetings of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War. She marched in parades, wore banners and ribbons on her dress, and sometimes traveled to Columbus or Cleveland for a gathering. I was too young to really ask questions or know what it was all about, but I do remember her talking about her grandpa being with Sherman in the March to the Sea. She also was interested in visiting Civil War battlefields and I was fortunate to have been to most east of the Mississippi before ending up in Gettysburg, PA as a freshman at Gettysburg College.
Now I live with my husband and children in Gettysburg immersed in everything Civil War. As we approach the 150th Anniversary of the Battle, my church – The Memorial Church of the Prince of Peace Episcopal – is also celebrating our 125th of the laying of our cornerstone as the only church built as a memorial to the Battle of Gettysburg. We are compiling a booklet of members’ relatives who fought in the Civil War and, finally, I am looking for definite information about my great-grandfather, Michael Hetsler, who fought with the Ohio 78th Regiment.
I have learned quite a bit about the regiment through your website and others, but I cannot find the exact dates of HIS service with the 78th. Can anyone help me?

Admin reply: Thanks, Shirley, for your post on 78ohio.org. I apologize for the delay in getting back to you, but I've been doing major updates to the site, and I've gotten a little behind. If you'll reply to this message, I'll try to look up and find any additional information on your ancestor that I can. -- Carl J. Denbow, 78ohio.org webmaster.


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I grew up Crooksville. John A. Young is my grandmother's grandfather and he served the entire time of the 78th OVI action. I've acquired his military service records. He's buried @ Crooksville Cemetery.

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I am, also, the second great grand daughter of Jacob Withers of Muskingum County, Ohio. He left a wife and six children behind to serve with the 78th and is buried in Cairo, Illinois. Suzanne Withers Driscoll (also on this site) is my first cousin

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I am the second great grand daughter of Jacob Withers of Muskingum County, Ohio. He left a wife and six children behind to serve with the 78th and is buried in Cairo, Illinois.

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I really like this site. Though my interest is the 30th IL Inf, the 78th OH and the 30th IL were brigaded together for much of the war and even when not in the same brigade they were in the same division.I appreciate diaries from the civil war and if they can connect to the 30th IL, all the better! The writings from the soldiers gives a understanding what the soldiers went through. Maybe not directly for every specific event but at least the weather affecting the soldiers were pretty much the same for all. After one reads many books about the civil war it gets to be the same thing over and over but a personal record is new goldmines from a personal view. These jottings are priceless is refreshing to see these soldier's entries available for folks like myself to enjoy.
The 78th OH & 30th IL had a respect for each other not often found between different states. It is in this spirit I give HUZZAH! HUZZAH! HUZZAH! to Carl and this website. Well done!


Added: May 16, 2012
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