The Third Ohio Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War

“Obstinate Devils” from Middle Fork Bridge to Cedar Bluff

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About the Book

This is the regimental history of the 3rd Ohio and their experiences during three years of the Civil War. Regimental Colonel, John Beatty, dealt with drunkenness, desertion, insubordination and mutiny, and at one point tied a drunken mutineer to a tree until the man sobered up. He didn’t shoot or dismiss the man, because everyone was needed for service. This emblematic event and many others are detailed in this history, illustrating how the 3rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment experienced “combat” on the battlefield as well as on the campgrounds of Virginia, Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee.
Part of a brigade commanded by Colonel Abel Streight, the men of the 3rd Ohio were charged with destroying the Confederate rail junction in Rome, Georgia. However, Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest (“Devil” Forrest) chased and fought the 3rd through Tennessee and Northern Alabama. Due to exhaustion and wet ammunition, the 3rd was forced to surrender to Forrest and his men on June 3, 1863. This book presents in full context the 3rd Ohio’s Civil War experience, and includes a daily chronology of the regiment as well as a complete 3 year roster.

About the Author(s)

David D. Perry is a retired university lecturer in American and European history. He has visited and studied every major battlefield from the American Civil War to those of the Crimean, First and Second World Wars. He has been a Revolutionary and Civil War enthusiast who has marched with the celebrated Old Guard, 3rd US Infantry Regiment. He lives in Florida.

Bibliographic Details

David D. Perry
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 30 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2024
pISBN: 978-1-4766-9511-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-5377-8
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

“During the hectic years of the American Civil War, there was much confusion in the movement of men, leaders, units and Armies, but the history of a single unit sometimes clarifies events. This work follows the 3rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment through the first half of the war. David Perry has done an exceptional job of researching the archives of many sources to flesh out the history of the regiment. In the words of those who were there, events and people come clear. The 3rd Ohio represents a microcosm of the military and the political as seen through the soldiers and the country’s press during the war. Thanks to Perry’s years of effort, a new glass is available to study America’s most tragic years.”—Robert L. Willett, author of Wandering the World Doing Good: A Senior Volunteer Saves the World