The 15th Ohio Volunteers and Its Campaigns, 1861-65 by Alexis Cope, Regimental and Brigade Adjutant. 872 pp., hc, dj. Reprint of 1916 edition, index and roster added.
The Fifteenth Ohio Volunteers and its Campaigns 1861-1865
By Alexis Cope; Captain, Fifteenth Ohio Volunteer Infantry
This history has been prepared at the request of the regimental association and aims to tell where the regiment was and how it was employed every day of its service, which covered the period from April 21, 1861 to Nov. 22, 1865. The principal authorities used have been diaries of Lieutenant Andrew J. Gleason, Sergeant Nathaniel Mumuagh, Sergeant John G. Gregory, Frank L. Schreiber and William McConnell, a partial diary kept by Chaplain Randall Ross, hundreds of letters written at the time by officers and men of the regiment to relatives at home, the official reports and correspondence, printed in the War of Rebellion Records, official rosters and reports printed by the State of Ohio, and numerous memoirs and articles published by officers who served in the armies of the west.
The aim has been not only to tell the story of the regimentís life in camp, on the march and in battle, but to give from authentic records a wider vision, wherein the movements of the regiment are co-related to the larger movements of the brigade, division, corps and army of which it formed a part. In brief to tell the story of all campaigns in which the regiment was engaged.
Special acknowledgements are due to Lieutenant Andrew J. Gleason, who a short time before his death in 1910, placed in the New Concord, O., for the use of his diary; to Thomas W. Evans of Saint Joseph, Mo., who had the diary of Frank L. Schreiber transcribed and sent to the author, and to Mrs. Mary B. Carroll, widow of the late Captain Chandler W. Carroll, who kindly sent her husbands letters written to her during the war; and to the comrades who by letter and otherwise have aided in clearing up, or confirming incidents of the regimentís service.
The author is also indebted to the Hon. Thomas H. Ricketts, 12th Ohio Cavalry, and Major L. S. Sullivant, 113th Ohio Infantry, of Columbus, Ohio, who read the manuscript as it was written, made valuable suggestions and gave the author encouragement when most needed. He is also greatly indebted to Brigadier General James H. Wilson, U. S. A. retired, the last surviving corps commander of the Army of the Cumberland, who kindly read the manuscript copy of the chapters covering Hoodís Invasion of Tennessee and made very valuable suggestions, and to Mrs. Frances M. McClenhan, who has taken a kindly interest in the work from the beginning and whose letters have been encouraging and helpful. To all others who have aided in any way in the preperation of the work, including the stenogholzner, who have been patient and helpful, sincere acknowledgements are tendered.