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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Lenhart Leasure was a cousin of my direct line. We have letters from him throughout the war. One at least one site I have seen him listed as a deserter, not sure of the details behind that, but we have letters from him toward the end of the war with the 16th Illinois Cavalry.

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I am the great great greatgranddaughter of Charles D.FLOWERS Ohio Infantry 78 company C d.May 11,1862 at Shilo

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My Great Grandfather, Thomas George served in Company B of the 78th OVI. He was lived in Springfield Township, Muskingum County, Ohio. He was a substitute for Edward Wilkins, also from Springfield Township. He was mustered in in 1862.

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I am the Great Great Grandson of Abel R. Farnsworth. Abel was in Co."B" of the 78th. He served throughout the war, until the march North towards Bentonville. Upon crossing the Salkahatchie River / Swamp, Abel contracted "Dropsey", or Chronic Diarrhea. He continued with the regiment until just before Bentonville when He was sent to the Hospital in Beaufort N.C, Where He Died on 13 April 1865. I have not been able to find any records of Abel's interment. If anyone knows any information about Abel Farnsworth, I would Very Much Appreciate an E-mail! For some reason, the register of Deaths, lists Abel's name as William. It is possible that He was buried by that name. His Wife Martha may be intered near Him too, as we can not find her grave site Here in Ohio.

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I am related to the Samuel McCune-Nancy Hammond family of Bloom Township, Morgan County, Ohio. Thus far I have learned they had two sons in the Civil War, both with the 78th O.V.I. John T McCune was wounded at the Battle of Stone Mountain (Tennessee) on 31 Dec 1862 and died in a Nashville hospital on 245 Jan 1863. His brother William G B McCune died 20 Apr 1865 but I do not know the circumstances.

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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 donít 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.

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