Defiance County

Military Record of Defiance County in the Civil War


The Call For Troops

The evening of April 16, 1861

Resolved, That we view the recent attack upon the National flag at Fort Sumter, while the Government was engaged in the peaceable and necessary duty of supplying our soldiers with provisions. As one of the most abominable of crimes – a crime against the Government and a direct and unpardonable insult to every citizen of the United States.

Civil War Units, which were organized in or were primarily made up of men from Defiance County. (O.V.I. – Ohio Volunteer Infantry)

14th O.V.I., Co. D & Co. K
21st O.V.I., Co. E & Co. K “The Dennison Guards”
38th O.V.I. Regiment
48th O.V.I., Co. F
68th O.V.I., Co. B
100th O.V.I., Co. D
107th O.V.I., Co. K
111th O.V.I., Co. E & Co. F

Grand Army of the Republic Posts in Defiance County (G.A.R.)

Bishop G.A.R. Post 22 Defiance
Issac Donafin G.A.R. Post 52 Hicksville
Joseph Rath G.A,R. Post 402 Evansport
Handcock G.A.R. Post 579 Sherwood
Doud G.A.R. Post 625 Ney
Lewis G. Bowker G.A.R. Post 725 Farmer

The G.A.R. was organized as a fraternal and support group for the benefit of Union Civil War veterans, their widows and orphans. Other Civil War Era support groups were The Women’s Relief Corp {W.R.C.}, The Sons of Union Veterans {S.U.V.} and The Daughters of Union Veterans {D.U.V.}.

Defiance County’s last surviving Civil War soldier was John Myers. Myers enlisted in the Union Army at the age of 17 and was assigned to Co. K, 104th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. He died on Feb. 16, 1942 at the age of 94 and is buried in The Riverside Cemetery, Defiance.

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