Thursday, November 15, 2012

Three Color Bearers Of, 126th., Ohio Infantry.

There seems to be some confusion in the records.  The official record states one thing, while the regimental roster states another.  It will be up to you to decide for yourselves all I can do is give the fates.

Numbers 14. Report of Lieutenant Colonel Aaron W. Ebright, One hundred and twenty-sixth Ohio Infantry, of battle of the Monocacy.

August 27, 1864.

On the 6th of July the division was ordered to Baltimore, Md., at which city we arrived on the morning of the 8th, per steam transports, and at once took the train for Monocacy Junction, on which point the enemy was reported moving. My regiment arrived at Monocacy bridge in the evening and camped near it during the night. On the morning of the 9th the forces here under Major-General Wallace were formed into line of battle, my regiment stationed near the turnpike bridge. At noon this bridge was burnt, and at 3 p. m. my regiment was double-quicked to the left to support the line there that was being severely pressed by the enemy. The regiment advanced beyond our line of battle, driving the enemy behind the crest of a hill, and having been engaged abut one hour, was ordered to fall back. The enemy followed us some miles, annoying us with shot and shell. My loss in this engagement was 3 enlisted men killed, 3 officers and 40 enlisted men wounded, 28 enlisted men missing, and 29th enlisted men known to be prisoners.

In all the engagements of the campaign the officers and men, with a few exceptions, behaved most gallantly; to mention all who have merited remark would extend this report beyond reasonable limits.

Among the many who deserve special mention are First Lieutenant Thomas J Hyatt, acting adjutant, and Sgt. Major James W. Moffat, for their bravery and gallant conduct on the field of battle, both of whom have since been promoted; also First Sergt. John M. Russell, Company D, killed; Private Alvin V. Brashier, Company C, killed; and here I cannot refrain from special mention of the gallant color bearers of this regiment, Corpl. D. W. Welch, Company C, killed; Sergt. J. J. Bricker, Company H, Captured, and Sergt. Abram Colgrove, Company K, wounded, while gallantly standing by their colors in line of battle.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant, A. W. EBRIGHT, Lieutenant-Colonel 126th Ohio Vols., Commanding Regiment.

Daniel W. Welch, Corporal, Age 23, Enlisted August 20, 1862, for 3 years.  Killed May 30, 1863, in the Battle of the Wilderness.

John J. Bricker, Sergeant, Age 30, Enlisted August 15, 1862, for 3 years.  Appointer from Corporal, January 1, 1863.  Captured May 6, 1864, at the battle of the Wilderness, Virginia.  Died October 28, 1864, in a rebel prison at Andersville Georgia.

Abram Colgrove, Sergeant, Age 25, Enlisted  August 23, 1862, for 3 years.  Appointed Corporal March 1, 1863; Sergeant July 1, 1864.  Wounded July 9, 1864, in the battle of Monocacy Maryland.  Transferred to company H., 21st., regiment, Veteran Rescrve Corps., March 1, 1865.  Mustered out July 20, 1865, at Trenton N. J., by order of the War Department.

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