Wednesday, March 21, 2012

29. Warrior Wednesday: Thomas O'Neill

     Thomas O'Neill of Summerfield, Ohio, served as a Private in Company C of the 161st Ohio Infantry, Civil War. He survived the war and later he and his wife received a pension for that service.

     From Dyer's Compendium: 161st Regiment Infantry. Organized at Camp Chase, Ohio, and mustered in May 9, 1864. Left State for Cumberland, Md., May 9, and duty there till May 28. Attached to Reserve Division, Dept. of West Virginia. Moved to Martinsburg, W. Va., May 28, and assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, West Virginia. Detached June 4 and assigned to duty in charge of supply trains for Hunter's Army. Hunter's Raid on Lynchburg June 6-25. Retreat to Martinsburg June 19-25. Moved to Beverly June 28, thence to Webster June 30, and to Martinsburg July 2. Operations about Harper's Ferry July 4-7. Defence of Maryland Heights July 6-7. Duty in the Defences of Maryland Heights till August 25. Ordered home and mustered out September 2, 1864. Regiment lost during service 1 Enlisted man killed and 1 Officer and 12 Enlisted men by disease. Total 14.

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