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 the great great nephew of Daniel Wright of Co. I. The company consisted of men from Columbiana County and most of our family still live here. I dont know much about him but am doing research.

Added: January 14, 2010
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I am the great great grandson of Oliver John Boyer (listed on roster as John R. Boyer). Following the Civil War he moved to California and his granddaughter (my grandmother) moved to Washington State in 1923. The Johnston part of the family is so large we had to rent a hall to have Thanksgiving dinner together. Many veterans of the Navy and Air Force (we seem to avoid the army in modern times). Boyers are still in California - would be delighted to hear from the family down south! Bill J.

Added: November 26, 2009
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I am the great grand daughter of Pvt. Robert McAdams, Enlisted in 1861 and was discharged in 1863, while serving with the 78th in Mississippi,
from wounds. He was in Co. C. I am very proud of him and his service to his country. His great great grandsons are carrying on his tradition.

Thank you
Dolores L. Burton
Shreveport, La.


Added: October 18, 2009
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My great grandfather was Robert Rowland from Ohio. He served from September 30th 1864 to Sepetember 30 1865 in Company I Infantry of the Ohio 78th Regiment. I ahve no photos of him but he is at rst in Limerick Cemetery in Jackson County, Ohio with his family. I am very proud of him and his service during the Civil War.

Added: September 8, 2009
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hello i would like to know if any one knows anything about company 6 78 regiment 2nd division 3rd brigade 19th army it is a relative of mine by the name James S Coen this information is for my mothers side of family any thing would help i cant seem to find him listed

Added: June 10, 2009
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My mother's great grandfather was James M. Brewer of Company A in the 78th Ohio. If anybody has information or photo's they could foward to me I would appreciate it. Thank You!

Added: June 7, 2009
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James K Sparrowgrove served as a private in Company B, 78th Ohio Infanty, enlisting on 14 October 1864 as a substitute for William Sparrowgrove whose name appears on the draft in Noble Twp, Noble Co, 16th District of State of Ohio. James (his x mark) Sparrowgrove was 18yrs old, a laborer, born 4 March 1845 in Guernsey Co Ohio. He was named James K after James K Polk who was inaugurated as President of the United States on 4 March 1845. James K Sparrowgrove received a pension for his service and died in Victor, Iowa on 3 April 1931.

Does anyone know if the draft lists for Noble Co Ohio, 16th District, survived and can be researched?


Added: April 8, 2009
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I sent a picture of Henry Hampshire. I now know He fought at Shiloh. This is my Great, Great, Great Grandfather. Henry Hampshire who died 22 May 1862 at Pittsburg Landing TN near Shiloh of sickness. He was born in 1823 in Morgan County OH. He was in the 78th Regiment, of Company I, of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He was married to Lucinda Butler Hampshire and they lived in Granville, OH. He left behind his beautiful wife Lucinda Butler Hampshire and son Oliver Milton Hampshire. The cemetery should have the records that were acquired from the National Archives in Washington, DC which I left when on visit to Shiloh. He is either buried in a mass grave at Shiloh or a military cemetery close by.

Added: January 24, 2009
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This is in reaction to the Pius Jefferis and ES Vernon comments. There seems to be an ex-Quaker theme in this Regiment. Many Muskingum County and other early Ohio settlers, if they were not Quakers themselves, had Society of Friends forbears, mostly from Pennsylvania. Pacifist views must have been severely tested by life on the frontier, especially during the War of 1812 and Indian conflicts. Quakers were among the earliest opponents of slavery. Nevertheless, as I understand it, before the Civil War the most common reason for someone to be thrown out of a Friends Meeting was that they were marrying someone who was not a Quaker. I strongly suspect that once the Civil War began as many, and probably more, were thrown out of their Meeting because of their willingness to fight for the Union and to end slavery. No doubt the 78th Ohio had its full share of those who had been willing to sacrifice their religious and sometimes their family fellowship for what they considered a higher cause.

Admin reply: In terms of my research on this subject, I believe that while some Quakers were "read out of meeting" for enlisting, others were not. In fact, there was a whole cohort of what were called "Fighting Quakers." These were men who believed in pacifism as a general way of life, but who felt that this war was an exception because it would lead to the abolition of slavery. It was sort of a "greater evil" kind of argument. -- Carl J. Denbow


Added: November 26, 2008
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I am the great grandnephew of Pvt. Rasselas(pronounced Rus-SELL-us)Grubb, Co. E,78th O.V.I., who was my great-grandfather Willard Grubb's oldest brother. Rasselas, was killed during the horrendous Battle of Atlanta July 24, 1864. What a hardy group our ancestors must have been, living in those perilous times. Thanks, Carl, for a very enlightening website!

Added: November 2, 2008
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