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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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


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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!

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I am a ggGrandson of Robert B Scott through his daughter's side of the family and I just want to thank you for the historical legacy of the Glorious 78th Volunteer Infantry.

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I am a gg grandson of Robert B. Scott, who served in Company H of the 78th. In 1876, he moved his family from Guernsey County, Ohio to West Bolton, Kansas where he was a successful farmer until his death on Dec. 3, 1911. He was buried in Mercer Cemetery (now called Hope Cemetery) near Arkansas City, KS, and descendants still honor the Civil War veterans buried there every Memorial Day.

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First, I have to say I really like this website. Great job to those involved with it. I am a gg grandson of Kelsey Little who served in company G. I know little about his service except that he enlisted as a private when the regiment formed and was promoted to Corporal late in the war. He grew up in Guernsey County and went back there for a few years after the war but moved to Barnesville in Belmont County around 1870. He was a stone mason there. He married Mary A. Thompson and they had 5 children. I descend from his youngest daughter. Kelsey died in 1906. I don't have any pictures of him but if I get one in the future, I'll gladly post it on this site.

Added: June 15, 2008
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I am the ggg grandson of Wesley West, Co F, 78th OVI. He served from day 1 to Vicksburg. Following the Vicksburg campaign he returned home to Richland Township. Upon his return to the 78th, he fell off the troop train, was taken to a hospital in Columbus and soon after died from his injuries. I have visited his gravesite in Richland. he is buried along side his father William West, a vet of the War of 1812.

Added: March 17, 2008
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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.

Added: March 12, 2008
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First this is a wonderful site. I wish all units had one. I am the GGNephew of Abel Arter Pvt Co D 78th OVi and his brother James C Arter Co A 78th (Arthur)is how he is listed, all from Zanesville, Ohio. Their brother Alva B Arter was in the 178th. They are the sons of William H Arter veteran of 1812. All buried Greenwood Cemetery Zanesville. My own Great grandfather William D Arter served with 12th Illinois Cav. I have two copies of the History of the 78th by Stevenson, willing to sell one...if interested you can contact me. Both in Excellent shape

Added: March 3, 2008
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GG Grandson of Private William Denbow, Company K of the 78th. Ohio Volunteer Infantry. I am a US Army Vietnam Veteran having served with the 300th. Military Police Company, 95th. Battalion of the 18th. Military Police Brigade based out of Chu Lai in 1971. Serving - a family tradition!

Carl - great job with the website!


Added: February 5, 2008
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My greatgrandfather was Finley McDonald of the H Company of the 78th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.He was born at Birmingham,Guernsey Co. and lived with his family at Cambridge where his father was employed as a saddler.Finley served with Freedmans Bureau at Yazoo Co Mississippi after the war.Moved to Kansas and farmed there.Later moved west to Nevada and on into Oregon where he passed away in 1912 and is buried at Vale Oregon.He had 4 children 2 sons Carson and Arthur,2 daughters Mae Gruel and Maude Cape.Carson Mcdonald moved to Alberta,Canada where his family lives today.Finley McDonald seldom spoke of the things he witnessed during the war but it scared him deeply.His family remains very proud of him

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