Ohio at Gettysburg Monument to the 8th O.V.I.   Save
Ohio at Gettysburg Monument to the 8th O.V.I.
Description: This page from the Report of the Gettysburg Memorial Commission depicts the monument to the 8th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry at the Gettysburg Battlefield. This page is opposite page 18 of the report. The 8th Ohio's monument is on Emmitsburg Road, just down over the hill from today's visitor center. The battle took place on July 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, 1863, between the Union forces commanded by General Meade and Confederate forces under General Lee. The 8th Ohio was engaged in skirmishing on the 2nd and 3rd in front of Union lines on Cemetery Hill. The regiment is well known for advancing, wheeling left, and tearing into the Confederate left flank during Pickett's Charge. The commission reported losses of 102 of the 209 men of the regiment during the battle. The 8th Regiment O.V.I. enlisted in April, 1861 following President Lincoln's call for volunteers. After their initial enlistment of 3 months, the regiment re-enlisted for 3 years. Consisting of companies recruited from northern counties along and near Lake Erie, the regiment served was engaged in hard service including 76 battles and skirmishes. The regiment was mustered out July 13, 1864; remaining veterans were consolidated with other units into the Fourth Ohio Volunteer Battalion until the war's end. The Gettysburg Memorial Commission was created from legislation by the Ohio General Assembly in May of 1885 to erect a monument to the memory of the soldiers of Ohio who had died upon the battlefield. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: Om3658_6643418_001
Subjects: Military Ohio; Civil War; Monuments & memorials; 8th Ohio Volunteer Infantry (O.V.I.)
Places: Gettysburg (Pennsylvania); Seneca County (Ohio); Cuyahoga County (Ohio); Crawford County (Ohio); Huron County (Ohio); Sandusky County (Ohio); Lorain County (Ohio); Medina County (Ohio)