80th O.V.I.

80th Ohio Volunteer Infantry

          This is a resource page and meeting place for descendants of soldiers who served in the 80th O.V.I. You will find a history of the regiment, the places it was sent to during the Civil War and some obituaries of members of the 80th.

           I now have posted the complete Roster of the members of the 80th OVI. I also included at the end, the Roll of Honor of the Regiment, which has some information about the death & burial of individuals. The source of this data is from Volume 6, Ohio Roster Commission; Official roster of the soldiers of the state of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861 - 1866; Cincinnati, Wilstach, Baldwin & Co. 1886-95.

     Offline I have an alphabetical list of all the members of the 80th. If you don't know what Company your ancestor was in, please send me an email to look him up. If you find any errors or misspellings, please let me know. Charles Paul Keller, [email protected],

     Visit the National Archives web site and obtain a Form 180 with which to order your ancestors service records and pension application. This link is current as of October 15, 2004. Let me know if it isn't working correctly.

INQUIRIES About The 80th OVI
I'll post your inquiry on a special page

Please send an email to me, Charles Paul Keller, [email protected], to send your inquiry or to share information, contribute to these pages or request a lookup from the Roster & Roll of Honor.


     I received photos from Tina Armes of a Gold pocketwatch that belonged to a member of the 80th OVI. To see the photos, click on the image below:

Commemorative Watch
"I've recently inherited a pocketwatch from my father. It is a really nice gold watch and on the dust cover it has battles and dates. It also has mississippi marine brigade and 80th Ohio infantry on it. I would like to find out more info on this watch."
Tina Armes

Colonel Pren Metham
Saw Lincoln's Assassination

The 80th at Andersonville Prison          
           Names, History & Grave photos

(Revised March 10, 2004)

Author: Jerry A. Johnson

For more Information click to
send an email to: [email protected]
Copy Right 2002-2004

Chapter 1 - 1862
Chapter 2 - 1863
Chapter 3 - 1864
Chapter 4 - 1865

(NOTE: This History may only be used for research purposes.
The History may not be copied, published or reproduced in any format without the permission of the author, Jerry A. Johnson.)


Charles Wesley Buvinger, MD
Surgeon of the 80th O.V.I.

& Reunion Letter - 1887

Please Visit The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War web site
(Click on the "Web Site Index" to go to State web sites)

Diary of Ephraim Sears

80th Ohio Voluntary Infantry, Co. I

This diary covers the months Ephraim Sears served from 1 January1862 until 31 December 1864. He was dismissed honorably from service on the fifth day of January 1865 in Savannah, Georgia at the war's end.

Ephraim was born in Guernsey County, Ohio on April 29, 1844. His parents were Enoch Sears Sr. and Sarah McMillen, a family of carpenters, who farmed. Along with his four brothers, John, Clark, James, and Enoch, he enlisted for the Union side. Of the five brothers who fought only two survived, Ephraim, the one who wrote this diary and the youngest brother, Enoch, who was serving with 15th O.V.I. At one point Ephraim was wounded in the Siege of Corinth.

This version was transcribed from a typed copy sent to me by my father's cousin, John Kientz. Copied then by me, Beverly S. Adam, for this web site in July 2002. Any questions about the copyright or permission to use excerpts of this diary should be sent to [email protected]

The picture of Ephraim in uniform was a reprint made by his sister Mary Jane Sears Wyatt. She worked as a traveling photographer and owned a studio car on the Burlington Missouri River Railroad.

His dismissal papers describe Ephraim as follows: "born in Guernsey County in the state of Ohio, is nineteen years of age, five feet five inches high, light complexion, gray eyes, light hair, and by occupation enrolled a farmer."

It is highly recommended to print out a copy of "Marching to Dixie" by Jerry A. Johnson (see just above) as you read the diary to understand more fully the events taking place.

Surnames are printed in bold lettering in the diary entries to make finding them easier. Letters written by Ephraim Sears to his father, Enoch Sears, during the war are included and have a few names of people with whom he served.

Diary Entries 1862

Diary Entries 1863

Diary Entries 1864

Letters sent home & Glossary of Slang
(contains larger photo of Ephraim)

Letter from Allen Talbott, July 31, 1864; Altoona, Georgia
Co. D, 80th Regt., O.V.I.

Letter from Pvt. Alfred Johnston, June 25, 1862; Pine Ridge, Miss.,
Co. D, 80th Regt., O.V.I.

Robert S. McCormick, Biography on the Coshocton County web site.
Co. G, 80th Regt., O.V.I.

The Reunion, September 17, 1897 in Carrollton, Ohio

A large group photo & an article which lists 74 members of the 80th
attending and another 44 from other regiments.

The Reunion, October 4, 1889, Warsaw, Coshocton County, Ohio

Newspaper clipping of the Reunion with the names of some 80 attendees.
Also a cartoon about Ohio Veterans.

Photos of Samuel Wise and a Reunion report from 1910.


Click on a name to view the obituary:

BURRIS, George Washington & Jeremiah - Members of the 80th O.V.I.
          Contributor - Mitch Wise, [email protected]

DIX, Samuel H.
           Contributor - Karen A. Peden, [email protected]

GOSSER, Michael - January 25, 1928; includes his Service Memories
           Contributor - E. Wainright (Wain) Martin, Jr., [email protected]

HOUSE, James E. - October 1, 1924.
          Contributor - Wendy Littrell, [email protected]

MCCORMICK, Robert - February 2, 1866; biography, article & Obituary
          Contributor - Rod McCormick, [email protected]

MILLER, John - Feb. 19, 1908.

MISER, Jacob Sidney - Dec. 12, 1918.
          Contributor - Charles Keller, [email protected]

ROBINSON, Isaac - April 30, 1922.
          Contributor - Rebecca Welz, [email protected]

WISE, Samuel - 1917
          Contributor - Debi Lehman, [email protected]

(To email a Contributor, click on the contributors name.)

*0th OVI Monument at Vicksburg, Mississippi
This is a photograph of the monument at Vicksburg, Mississippi Military Park, commemorating the service of the 80th OVI in the seige of that city. Permission to use the photo was given by the Historian of the Park, Terrence J. Winschel.
Please visit the Vicksburg Military Park web site, http://www.nps.gov/vick/home.htm

More information on the monument and the 80th OVI is found at http://www.nps.gov/vick/oh/oh80inf.htm

The following from:
"Official roster of the soldiers of the state of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866",
Published by the Ohio Roster Commission between 1886 and 1895.

Eightieth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry
Three Years Service
This Regiment was organized in the State of Ohio, at large, from October, 1861, to January, 1862, to serve three years. On the expiration of its term of service the original members (except veterans) were mustered out, and the organization, composed of veterans and recruits, retained in service until August 13, 1865, when it was mustered out in accordance with orders from the War Department.

The official list of battles, in which this regiment bore an honorable part, is not yet published by the War Department, but the following list has been compiled, after careful research, during the preparation of this work:
Corinth, Miss. (Siege of), April 30 to May 30, 1862.
Farmington, Miss. May 9, 1862.
Iuka, Miss. September 19-20, 1861.
Corinth, Miss, October 4, 1862.
Raymond, Miss. May 12, 1863.
Jackson, Miss. May 14, 1863.
Vicksburg, Miss. (Siege of), May 18 to July 14, 1863.
Mission Ridge, Tenn., November 25, 1863.
Salkahatchie, S. C., February 3-9, 1865.
Bentonville, N. C., March 19-21, 1865.
Sherman's MarchTo The Sea.

Below you will find a summary History & Service Record of The 80th O.V.I.

Organized in December, 1861, under Colonel E.R. Eckley, it left Ohio for the field in February, 1862.

In April it joined Halleck's army in front of Corinth and after the evacuation operated in Northern Mississippi, taking part in the battle of Iuka, where it lost 45 men. It took a prominent part afterwards in the battle at Corinth, losing heavily, and joined Grant's movement into Mississippi.

In March, 1863, the Regiment moved down the Mississippi River, marching with Grant's forces in the rear of Vicksburg, fighting at Port Gibson, Raymond and Jackson; and during the siege at Jackson it lost 90 men. In November it marched across the country from Memphis in time to assault Mission Ridge, where it lost nearly 100 men.

In January, 1864, the men re-enlisted and went to Ohio in April, and in June joined Sherman's Atlanta campaign. The Regiment was stationed at Resaca when Hood's forces invested the place, and demanded its surrender, which was refused. The 80th marched to the sea with Sherman, through the Carolinas, then to Richmond, Washington, Louisville and Arkansaw.

From Dyer's Compendium:
80th Regiment Infantry.
Organized at Canal Dover, Ohio, October, 1861, to January, 1862.
Left State for Paducah, Ky., February 10, 1862.
Attached to District of Paducah, Ky., to April, 1862.
2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, Army of the Mississippi, to November, 1862.
2nd Brigade, 7th Division, Left Wing 13th Army Corps (Old), Dept. of the Tennessee, to December, 1862.
2nd Brigade, 7th Division, 16th Army Corps, Army of the Tennessee, to January, 1863.
2nd Brigade, 7th Division, 17th Army Corps, to September, 1863.
2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 17th Army Corps, to December. 1863.
2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 15th Army Corps, to April, 1865.
1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 15th Army Corps, to July, 1865.
Dept. of Arkansas to August, 1865.

80th Ohio Infantry

Duty at Paducah, Ky., February to April, 1862.
Moved to Hamburg Landing, Tenn., April 20.
Advance on and siege of Corinth, Miss., April 29-May 30.
Pursuit to Booneville May 31-June 12. Expedition to Ripley June 22-23, and
duty at Ripley till September. Battle of Iuka, Miss., September 16.
Battle of Corinth, Miss., October 3-4.
Pursuit to Hatchie River October 5-12.
Grant's Central Mississippi Campaign, operations on the Mississippi Central Railroad, November 2, 1862, to January 4, 1863.
Reconnoissance from LaGrange November 8-9, 1862.
Reconnoissance from Davis Mills to Coldwater November 12-13.

Guard trains to Memphis, Tenn., January 4-8, 1863.
Duty at Forest Hill till February 16, and at Memphis till March 1.
Moved to Helena, Ark., March 1. Yazoo Pass Expedition and operations against Fort Pemberton and Greenwood March 10-April 5.
Moved to Milliken's Bend, La., April 13.
Movement on Bruinsburg and turning Grand Gulf April 25-30.
Battle of Port Gibson, Miss., May 1
(Reserve). Battles of Raymond May 12;
Jackson May 14;
Champion's Hill May 16.
Escort prisoners to Memphis, Tenn., May 17-June 4.
Siege of Vicksburg June 6-July 4.
Moved to Helena, Ark., August 20, thence to
Memphis, Tenn., September 20.
March to Chattanooga, Tenn., October 10-November 22.
Operations on the Memphis & Charleston
Railroad in Alabama October 20-29.
Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign November 23-27.
Tunnel Hill November 24-25.
Mission Ridge November 25.
Pursuit to Graysville November 26-27.

Guard duty on the Memphis & Charleston Railroad till June 6, 1864.
Duty at Allatoona June 7-25, and at
Resaca till November 10.
Repulse of attack on Resaca October 12-13.
March to the sea November 15- December 10.
Siege of Savannah December 10-21.

Campaign of the Carolinas January to April, 1865.
Fishburn's Plantation, near Lane's Bridge, Salkehatchie River, S.C., February 6. South Edisto River February 9. North Edisto River February 12-13.
Columbia February 16-17.
Cox's Bridge, N. C., March 19-20.
Battle of Bentonville March 20-21.
Occupation of Goldsboro March 24.
Advance on Raleigh April 10-14.
Occupation of Raleigh April 10.
Bennett's House April 26.
Surrender of Johnston and his army.
March to Washington, D.C., via Richmond, Va., April 29-May 20.
Grand Review May 24.
Moved to Louisville, Ky., June,
thence to Little Rock, Ark. and duty there till August.
Mustered out August 15, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 4 Officers and 48 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 179 Enlisted men by disease. Total 224.


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