|Selected References for 26th OVVI
The following sources and references were read and used in compiling this web site and/or provide
meaningful insights. Where a reference has been used for a page of the web site, the author is
cited. These selected references also contain very interesting further reading that relates to the
people, circumstances, and environment that directly impacted on the soldiers of the 26th OVVI.
Note: I have bold typed those references which I consider to be the best of the selections or
"must reading"; especially so if one has only limited time to devote to extensive historical
A Captive of War, Solon Hyde, 1900, 1996. (Story as told by Pvt Solon Hyde who was captured at
Chickamauga and imprisioned at Libby, Pemberton, Danville, and Andersonville. I found this most
interesting as his experience nearly mirrored the places and time frames of my great, great grandfather: Pvt
Jesse Mason's captivity.)
A Historical Sketch- Lest we Forget, Company E, 26th Ohio Infantry, Captain Walden
Kelly,1909. Excellent detailed accounting of the 26th OVI activities as told by Captain Kelly. A must
A Pennsylvania Quaker in Andersonville: The Diary of Charles Smedley, Charles Smedley, 1864. Pvt
Smedley wrote a daily diary during his imprisonment that provides insights into what it was like inside
Andersonville and Florence prisons.
All for the Regiment, The Army of the Ohio, 1861-1862, Gerald Prokopowicz, 2001 ( Provides the
argument that the Army of the Ohio was primarily fought by soldiers who fought for their own regiment,
and the soldiers had very little identification with, and support for their division, corps or army leadership.
Gives nice account of the Army of the Ohio during the early years of the war through the Battle at
An Account of the Escape of Six Federal Soldiers from Prison at Danville, Va: Their Travels by
Night Through the Enemy's Country to the Union Pickets at Gauley Bridge, West Virginia, in
the Winter of 1863-64, William Henry Newlin, 1889. Sgt John F Wood, Co G, was among the six
prisoners who made this miraculous escape.
Andersonville Prison: Lesson in Organizational Failure, edited by Joseiph Cangemi and Casimir
Kowalski, 1992. Modern day analysis of what caused the tragedy at Andersonville prison form the
perspective of organizational theories.
Andersonville, The Last Depot, William Marvel, 1994. Very detailed history of that infamous prison.
Author is an apologist for Capt Wirz, but other than that seems a balanced accounting.
Annals of the Army of the Cumberland, John Fitch, 1864. Excellent detailed accounting, especially of
the Stones River and Chickamauga battles.
Appalachian Ohio and the Civil War, 1862-1863, Susan G Hall, 2000. Provides insights into local events
leading up to and during the Civil War.
Army of the Cumberland, Thomas B Van Horne, 1875. Traces the Army of the Cumberland from its
inception in Kentucky in 1862 through Sherman's March to the Sea and the Battle of Nashville.
Atlanta 1864- Last Chance for the Confederacy, Richard M McMurry, 2000. Excellent analysis of
this critical campaign.
Battle Cry of Freedom, James Mc Pherson , 1988. ( Must reading for any serious student of the Civil
War. Provides the political, economic, and social foundation and history that led to the Civil War and the
impact the War had on the country.)
Battle Tactics of the Civil War, Paddy Griffith, 1989. Includes comparisons of the civil war to 19th
century european battles as well.
Beyond the Battlefield: The Ordinary Life and Extraordinary Times of the Civil War Soldier,
David Madden, 2000. An absolutely excellent reference that focuses on the hopes, struggles, and fears of
the common soldier.
Chattanooga- A Death Grip on the Confederacy, James L. McDonough, 1984.
Chickamauga- A Battlefield Guide with a section on Chattanooga, Steven E Woodworth, 1999. Excellent
guide with concise analysis of the significance of the battles that occurred at Chickamauga.
Chickamauga- A Battlefield History in Images, Roger C Linton, 2004. Contains some rare battlefield
photos taken in 1895 at the time of the dedication of the military park.
Chickamauga- Bloody Battle in the West, Glenn Tucker, 1961. One of the more celebrated
references about Chickamauga..
Chickamauga- Record of the Ohio Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Park Commission, Joseph C
Mc Elroy, 1896. Nice synopsis of the 26th OVI involvement as well as discussion of the monuments at
Chickamauga. Enclosed map highights troop movements and monument locations.
Chickamauga and Chattanooga- The Battles that Doomed the Confederacy. John Bowers, 1994. Nice
account of this critical time period on the War for the Army of the Cumberland.
Civil War Generalship, The Art of Command, W J Wood, 1997.
Dancing Along the Deadline, Ezra Hoyt Ripple, edited by Mar Snell, 1996.
Death Before Dishonor, The Andersonville Diary of Eugene Forbes, 1995
Decision in the West- The Atlanta Campaign of 1864, Albert Castel, 1992. Excellent reference
detailing the history of this critical campaign of the War.
Disaster 0n the Mississippi: The Sultana Explosion, April 27, 1865, Gene Eric Salecker, 1996. Excellent
account of this great disaster. According to list in the book, three soldiers of the 26th OVI were on board:
2 lived , 1 died: Cpl John R. Miller, Co D.
Don Carlos Buell, Most Promising of All, Stephen D Engle, 1999. Biographical review of General Buell,
Commanding General of the Army of the Ohio.
Don't Know Much About the Civil War, Kenneth C Davis, 1996. Critical and fresh review.
Echoes of Battle, The Struggle for Chattanooga, Richard Baumgartner,Larry Strayer, 1996
800 Paces to Hell- Andersonville, Dr John W Lynn, 1999. Excellent resource that details the conditions
and events surrounding Andersonville.
1861-1865- The Adventure of the Civil ï¿¿War told in Pictures, Irving Werstein, 1960. Numerous
detailed pencil drawings depict the events of the war.
Embrace an Angry Wind, 1994, Wiley Sword ( Detailed account that covers Battles of Spring Hill,
Franklin and Nashville, 1864.)
Fields of Glory- A History and Tour Guide of the War in the West, The Atlanta Campaign, 1864, Jim
Miles, 1989. Provides general history but excellent detailed tour guide to points of historical interest in
northern Georgia, and Atlanta and vicinity.
Fields of Honor- Pivotal Battles of the Civil War, Edwin C. Bearss, 2006. Well written exploration of key
battles by the Historian Emeritus of the US National Parks Service.
From Manassas to Appomattox, General James Longstreet, CSA, 1895. Excellent resource on the
Confederate perspective as told by a key Confederate General, related to numerous engagements that the
26th OVI was involved in, including: Chickamauga, Chattanooga, Knoxville, and even Blain's
For Cause and Comrades, James Mc Pherson, 1997. ( Another great book that explores the various
reasons that the soldiers fought in the Civil War, as told through their letters home.)
Garfield, Allan Peskin, 1978. Biography of James Garfield, who was second in command under
Rosecrans in the Army of the Cumberland during 1863 campaign.
Grant: A Biography, John Mosier, 2006. Mosier is strong apologist for Grant as a great general.
Unfortunately, he sometimes does this by detracting from others.
Grant and Sherman: The Friendship that Won the Civil War, Charles B Flood, 2005. Provides many
insights into these two generals.
Guide to the Battle of Chickamauga, edited by Matt Spurill, 1993. Using primarily Official Records
reports, highlights the various battles fought at Chickamauga. The section on medical history is especially
Hard Tack and Coffee: The Unwritten Story of Army Life, John D Billings, 1887. A must read,
written by Pvt Billings who served with the Army of the Potomac. Gives excellent glimpses into the lives of
the common soldier.
Heroes of the War, PV Ferrree, 1864. A decided biased Unionist account, but its strength is its being
written in real time, while the Civil War was still underway and the outcome was yet to be decided.
History of Andersonville Prison, Ovid L Futch, 1968.
History of the Army of the Cumberland- Atlas, Thomas B Van Horne, 1875. Contains battlefield maps
and army movements of the Army of the Cumberland.
Images of the Civil War in West Virginia, Terry Lowry and Stan Cohen, 2000. Very nice compilation of
photos and other documents cataloging the locations and events during 26th OVI's presence there in
Jonah's War, 2007, David Jardine. Manuscript. Second historical fiction written by David Jardine based
on the diary of Corporal JF Doty, co. C.
Journal of Three Years' Service with the Twenty-Sixth Ohio Volunteer Infantry in the Great
Rebellion, 1861-1864, Elias Cole, Sgt, Co C, published in 1897. A very rare daily journal written
during the War that provides incredible insights into his experience in the 26th OVI during his three year
enlistment. Special thanks to Civil War historian and author Dennis Keesee for sharing a photocopy
of this rare and priceless booklet.
Kennesaw Mountain June 1864, 1998, Richard A Baumgartner ( Details this bloody and key battle of the
Atlanta Campaign. Contains numerous soldiers letters that portrays the events through the soldiers' eyes.)
Life and Services of Gen. U.S. Grant, 1866, Henry Coppee. Excellent near in time account of General
Grant's involvement during the War.
List of Survivors of the 26th Regiment- Ohio Veteran Volunteer Infantry- S F Robinson, 1883. Brief
summary of the 26th OVI in the war and an accounting of the whereabouts of the survivors. After the
war, the "26th Ohio Association" was formed to assist the regiment's veterans in keeping in touch,
recording their memoirs, and preserving the memory of the regiment.
Mountains Touched with Fire, Chattanooga Besieged, 1863, Wiley Sword, 1995. Excellent
reference detailing the experience from Battle of Chickamauga, through siege at Chattanooga, to the
incredible charge and victory at Missionary Ridge.
Never Call Retreat, Bruce Catton, 1965. Last of his trilogy on the Civil War.
Nineteen Months in Rebel Hell, Jasper Hall, 1892. Pvt Hall's excellent article about his imprisonment
appeared in several editions of the Ohio Soldier during 1892.
No Better Place to Die, The Battle of Stones River, Peter Cozzens, 1990. Another excellent detailed
accounting by Peter Cozzens. The 26th played a pivotal role in stemming the Confederate advance at the
bloody Round Forest.
Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866, Vol III,
Ohio Ex-Prisoners of War Association, meeting proceedings, 1884.
Ohio in the War, Vol I and II, Whitelaw Reid, 1868. (Great resource for regimental histories, officier
rosters, and detailed accounts of statesmen and generals from Ohio.)
Ohio Volunteer: The Childhood and Civil War Memoirs of Capt, John Calvin Harzell, OVI, edited by
Charles I Switzer, 2005. Capt. Harzell served in the 105th OVI, whose regiment fought in many of the
same battles as the 26th OVI. Well written, provides fresh insights especially during the seige at
One Day Of the Civil War: America in Conflict, April 10, 1863, Robert L Willett, Jr. 1997. A original
analysis focusing on the status and action at the mid point of the War, April 10, 1863. For the record, on
that date, the 26th OVI was with the Army of the Cumberland at Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Out of the Storm, The End of the Civil War, April-June, 1865, Noah Andre Trudeau, 1994. Just as the
war did not end with Lee's Surrender, nor did the 26th OVI service end. Book highlights little known
facts about the continued Civil War post Lee's Surrender.
Perryville, This Grand Havoc of Battle, Kenneth W Noe, 2001. Very nice lead up to an all too forgotten,
but strategically key battle of the western theater. Especially well done is the chapter regarding the impact
that the battle had on the Perryville citizens, as well as the hardships that the soldiers and their families
faced post war.
Personal Memoirs, Ulysses S Grant, 1885. Considered a classic. General Grant wrote his memoirs
during the last months of his life as he was terminally ill with throat cancer.
Personal Memoirs of P.H. Sheridan, Philip Sheridan, 1888. General Sheridan recounts his involvement in
Photographic History of The Civil War, 2 Volumes, William C Davis, and Bell I Wiley, 1981.
Thousands of photos, many I have never seen before, covering the entire Civil War.
Recollections of Prison Life at Andersonville, Georgia and Florence, South Carolina, CA Smith,
reprinted in 1997.
Regimental Losses in the Civil War, William F Fox, 1898. Highly recognized statistical analysis by Fox of
the regimental losses as a whole and at specific battes.
Rock of Chickamauga, The Life of General George H Thomas, Freeman Cleaves, 1948. Biography of a
key general in the western theater.
Roster of Survivors of the Twenty-Sixth Ohio Veteran Volunteer Infantry, S F Robinson, 1888. Updated
roster of survivor's whereabouts, plus more detailed regimental history, including explaining the regiment's
nickname as the " Groundhog Regiment".
Rutherford B Hayes- One of the Good Colonels, Ari Hoogenboom, 1999. Colonel Hayes, soon to be
President Hayes, led the 26th OVI in a scouting mission in western Virginia in November, 1861.
Sherman, A Soldier's Life, Lee Kennett, 2001. Details the life of General William Tecumseh Sherman.
Sherman's Battle for Atlanta, 1994, unabridged republication of Jacob D Cox's Atlanta, published in
1882. Excellent account by one of the key generals in this campaign.
Sherman's Civil War, Selected Correspondence of William T Sherman, 1860-1865, edited by Brooks
Simpson and Jean Berlin, 1999. As title implies, excellent collection of General Sherman's writings during
Sherman, Memoirs of General W T Sherman, William T Sherman, 1875. Excellent detailed accounting
of the war thru the eyes of General Sherman.
Shrouds of Glory, Winston Groom, 1995. The Author of Forrest Gump provides a very readable
accounting of the last great campaign of the Civil War- that being from Atlanta to Nashville in 1864.
Six Armies in Tennessee- The Chickamauga and Chattanooga Campaigns, Steven Woodworth, 1998
Story of Camp Chase, William H Knauss, 1906. Though the book primarily focuses on the prison at
Camp Chase, there is discussion of the camp as the place of the mustering in and out of Union regiments
including the 26th OVI.
Team of Rivals- The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. Doris Kearns Goodwin, 2005. This
Pulitzer Prize winner is a must read.
Terrible Swift Sword, Bruce Catton, 1963. Middle book of his comprehensive trilogy.
The American Civil War- This Mighty Scourge of War, Gary Gallagher, et al., 2003. Nice balanced
treatment of the various theatres of the War.
The Campaigns of General Nathan Beford Forrest and of Forrest's Cavalry, General Thomas Jordan and
JP Pryor, 1868. General Jordan is a strong apologist for General Forrest, and the bias is very apparent.
Nevertheless, well documented account of a major confederate figure and one who the 26th OVI fought
The Citizen Soldier- Memoirs of a Civil War Volunteer, John Beatty, 1998
The Civil War, An American Illiad., Ralph Newman and Otto Eisenschiml, 1956. Collection of first hand
accounts from the writings of those who experienced the great war.
The Civil War, Bruce Catton, 1960. First of his excellent books on the Civil War written around the
centennial of the War.
The Civil War, A Narrative- Fredericksburg to Meridian, Shelby Foote, 1963.
The Civil War- Day by Day- An Almanac 1861-1865, EB and Barbara Long, 1971. Excellent almanac
format that highlights daily activities before and during the War.
The Civil War in Fayette County, West Virginia, Tim McKinney,1988. Excellent discussion of the 26th
OVI and other regiments involvement in Fayette County in the early months of the war.
The Documentary Heritage of Ohio, edited by Phillip Shriver, 2000
The Edge of Glory: A Biography of General William S Rosecrans, USA, William M Lamers, 1961.
Detailed accounting of General Rosecrans' service. Strong apologist for General Rosecrans.
The Eloquent President: A Portrait of Lincoln Through His Words, Ronald C White, Jr., 2005. A
review in detail of Lincoln's key speeches during his Presidency.
The Emancipation of Jonah Hommen, David Jardine, 2000. Historical fictional account based on the
diary Corporal JF Doty, Co C, 26th OVI. The fictional character is Sgt Jonah Hommen, co C.
Mentions severall soldiers who were in Co C, 26th OVI.
The Fight for Chattanooga: Chickamauga to Missionary Ridge, Jerry Korn, 1985. Part of the
Time-Life Book series. Great photos and paintings include a painting of the battle around Viniard Fields,
Sept 19, 1863.
The Last Best Hope of Earth- Abraham Lincoln and the Promise of America, Mark E Neely, Jr.,
1993. Possibly the most analytical discussion of our 16th President.
The Life of Billy Yank: The Common Soldier of the Union, Bell Irvin Wiley, 1971. Excellent
discussion of the various facets of the common soldier during the war.
The Longest Night- A Military History of the Civil War, David Eicher, 2001. Detailed account.
Excellent reference that provides good coverage of the western theater action.
The Military Handbook & Soldier's Manual, 1861. (Reproduction of actual manual distributed to
Union civil war soldiers. Very interesting reading. For example, did you know that musicians were paid
more than the private infantry soldier? )
The Official Military Atlas of the Civil War, Major George B Davis et al., 1983. Compilation of excellent
detailed maps laid out during the war. A must for the serious student of the War
The Ohio Soldier, John Raper (26th OVI), editor, Weekly publication from August, 1887 to August,
1902. Various regular features including: Regimental reunions, pension news, ads, corny jokes, tributes to
generals, and reminieces of battles fought. An incredible source of period infomation.
The Origins of America's Civil War, Bruce Collins, 1981. Indepth analysis.
The Town That Started the Civil War, Nat Brandt, 1990. Chronicles the runaway slave rescue and trial of
the rescuers that took place 1858-1859 in Oberlin, Ohio. There maybe a 26th OVI connection, as one of
the "rescuers" Richard Winsor, may have been related to Sidney Winsor of Co C.
The Truth About Chickamauga, Archibald Gracie, 1911. The "true" story about the battle of
Chickamauga, (especially the Snodgrass Hill battle) from the perspective of the son of a Confederate
general who fought there.
The Shipwreck of Their Hopes- The Battles for Chattanooga, Peter Cozzens, 1996.
The Southern Side: Or, Andersonville Prison, R Randolph Stevenson, reprint 1995. Southern apologist
slant, but contains a listing of Union soldiers buried at Andersonville.
The Union Soldier in Battle, Enduring the Ordeal of Combat, Earl J Hess, 1997.
The War of the Rebellion, A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies,
1880-1901, United States Government. The most comprehensive and authoritative source.
The Warrior Generals- Combat Leadership in the Civil War, Thomas B Buell, 1997. Apologist for role of
General Thomas. Also, takes position that the western theater was the more important area of operations
in determining the outcome of the war.
The Widow of the South, Robert Hicks, 2005. Historical fiction novel that centers around the battle of
Franklin, Tenn. 11/30/64, and the Carnton plantation..
This Terrible Sound- The Battle of Chickamauga, Peter Cozzens, 1992. ( Very detailed account of
the Battle of Chickamauga.)
This Terrible War: The Civil War and its Aftermath, Michael Fellman et al, 2003. Excellent analysis of the
aftermath ( Reconstructon).
Three Years in the Army of the Cumberland, James Connelly, 1959. Letters and diary of Major James
Connelly, 123rd Illinois regiment.
Too Young to Die - Boy Soldiers of the Union Army 1861-1865, Dennis Keesee, 2001. ( Focuses on
the young boys who served and died for the Union during the War.)
Ulysses S Grant- Soldier & President, Geoffrey Perret, 1997. Excellent biography. Well
War in Kentucky- From Shiloh to Perryville, James L McDonough, 1994.
" We Cannot Escape History" Lincoln and the Last Best Hope of Earth, edited by James M McPherson,
Series of essays on Lincoln by prominent historians.
With My Face to the Enemy, edited by Robert Cowley, 2001. Compilation of short but thought
provoking essays by emminent historians.
West Virginia History, Vol 14, Number 4- various authors
What They Fought For, 1861-1865, James M. McPherson, 1994. Examines motivation for the fighting
soldier as told through the soldier's letters. Prelude to his more expansive book entitled, For Cause and
Why the South Lost the Civil War, Richard Beringer et al, 1986. Fresh examination of this key question
using the 19th century military genius of Jomini and Clausewitz in their analysis.
Winning and Losing in The Civil War: Essays and Stories, Albert Castel, 1996. Compilation of his prior
short works on a variety of topics.
Yankee Tigers: Through the Civil War with the 125th Ohio, Ralsa C Rice, edited y Richard
Baumgartner and Larry M Strayer, 1992. Excellent first person account by Sgt Rice of his tour of duty
with the 125th OVI, a regiment who fought side by side with the 26th OVI in numerous campaigns.