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I am a great grandson of Private Pius Jefferis, of Company K, 78th Ohio (b. 1824 Temperanceville, OH, d. circa 1880.) He is listed on the roster as "Pias Jeffers." This is not unusual, since his name appears in other documents, including his service record, spelled alternately as "Pias, Pious, Pius, Jeffrs, Jeffers, Jefferies and Jeffries." My father said that his nickname was "Pope." He is descended from Robert Jefferis, who immigrated to Chester, PA from Pewsey, England in 1681. His widow's application for pension states that he was discharged in July, 1862, but I have yet to find out why.

My father used to tell a story, which I've never been able to confirm, about the 78th, Company K. According to my father, one of our relatives was shot and wounded in the posterior by one of the local women as he tried to drink water from the well of a farmhouse they passed along the way. Since there were several of our relatives in Company K, it could be possible -- but until I know different it's just an unconfirmed war story.

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Military records received from National Archives a number of years ago. Daniel Richeson was a brother to my grtgrtgrt grandfather William Richeson of Logan Co., OH. I have seen Daniel on an Internet list as "deserter", which is incorrect according to these records: Daniel Richeson, Wayne Twp., Noble Co., OH. Volunteered 20 Aug. 1862. Sworn & subscribed Camp Dennison 24 Sept. 1862. Grey eyes, sandy hair, light complexion, 5'6" tall. Enlisted Kennonsburgh, OH. 1 April 1864, Company G--taken to Camp Chase Rest House for medical treatment, ill while on duty with Company. Nearest relative, John Richardson (father, John Richeson). Daniel died April 11, 1864 in Columbus, "smallpox, not successfully vaccinated". He was a private in Capt. Gillespie's Company.

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I am a descendant of Washington S. Sowers. He was my paternal GGgrandfather, and lived in Brush Creek Township, Muskingum County, Ohio. His brother, Job P. Sowers also served in the 78th, and I have copies of letters from both men to their family. Washington served between October of 1862 and August of 1863 when he was mustered out. Washington was captured at Champion Hills outside Vicksburg and was made to act as a nurse. It is my understanding that he accepted parole rather than be sent to a Southern Prison. He was proud of having served with the Union and, according to my Father, J. Clarence Bishop, he marched proudly in his uniform in parades in Roseville, Ohio, as long as he was able. He died 24 April 1915, and is buried at Black Oak Cemetery in Muskingum County, Ohio. Several descendants still live in the Roseville and Crooksville area of Ohio and some have the originals of his Civil War letters to his family as well as his personal artifacts from the war.

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My GGG Grandfather was GEORGE LUMBATIS (listed on the company roster with the spelling "Lumbattus". He was born June 15, 1833 in aboard ship on Atlantic Ocean, and died December 31, 1911 in Lewisville, Ohio. He married AMY ELLEN HOGUE. He is Buried in Mt. Zion cemetery, Lewisville, Monroe Co. Ohio.

Military service: Enlisted Co. K, 78th O.V.I. My mom is pretty sure he was with Sherman in Atlanta.
I have no other info, but would love to hear from anyone who does.

Dawn Light

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Daniel Pense was my great grandfather, my name is Michael A. Pense born 1/4/61, & Jill A. Pense born 1/21/64. We were both born in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Daniel Pense was drafted into the 78th Ohio Infantry, Company B in 1864 around September, he lived in Van Wert Ohio; he was born in Adams county Ohio 1833. Daniel was honorably discharged May 30th 1865, Washington, D.C. He was a farmer, his youngest son was Oscar L. Pense, Van Wert, Ohio which is my grandfather who was born in Feb. 1899. Milan O. Pense born Nov. 1930 Fort Wayne, Indiana was our father and the son of Oscar. Daniel Pense died 1911 and is buried off highway 30 Van Wert, Ohio, his veterans head stone grave marker has his name misspelled. His last name was spelled Pence instead of Pense, which is correct. We believe Daniel's father name is David Pense.

I have in my possession discharge papers for Daniel Pense and his brother in law James Miller from the Ohio 118th Infantry, Company K, who was born in Ross County, Ohio.

Thank you, Mike and Jill Pense


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I am not a relative but have written a book which includes biographical sketches of veterans of the 78th and other Regiments who later became physicians in Muskingum County.

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The following is from that Book "The Medical Chronicles of Muskingum County Ohio - 1800-2000."

JOHN F. KENNEDY, M. D. 1844 - 1892
General Practice, Rural Dale 1869 - 74
General Practice Zanesville 1874 - 1892

John F. Kennedy was the son of Dr. Phillip Kennedy and was born on August 31, 1944 in Fultonham while his father was studying and practicing medicine there. His mother was Elizabeth (Fulton) and his brother Gilbert Lyle Kennedy see above. He became interested in medicine at the age of 15 while living in Deavertown where his father practiced. His studies of medicine were postponed, for in 1861 at the age of 18, he enlisted as a Sargent in Company K. of the Seventy-eighth Ohio infantry. He was promoted from sergeant, Co. E. in 1864 to Lieutenant Co. K. and served to the end of the war. During the battle of Atlanta as the regiment was being driven back, Color Bearer Spring was shot and fell with the flag in his arms. Kennedy rushed forward and grasped the colors from his dead comrade and saved them to the regiment. As a member of Sherman's Army of the Tennessee he took part in all the battles and was present on the famous march to the sea. After the war he went to his fathers Alma mater, the Ohio Medical College of Cincinnati and graduated in 1867 with highest honors. He served a year in what must have been the earliest internship in the old Marion hospital of that city and in 1869 came to Muskingum county and practiced in Rural Dale. In June 1869 he was married to Jennie Manning of Morgan county and they had two children; Edwin R. and Wade M. They moved to Zanesville in 1874 where he continued to practice. He joined the Medical society and was the Secretary of the organization in 1880.
In 1884 he advertised his home for sale prepared to move south. This turned out to be to South Zanesville and he moved to Putnam. In June, 1889 he was appointed pension examiner and served as secretary of that board. He was a deacon of the English Lutheran church and a member of the I. O. O. F., the K. of H. and Royal Arcanum and the Muskingum Medical Society.

When the board of health for Zanesville was formed he was appointed at a member. In early May, 1891 his wife suffered a stroke and died on the 16th. Following this he went into a severe depression and went to Washington. Here for several weeks he was treated by the eminent nerve specialist, Dr. William A. Hammond. In July, he recovered sufficiently to return to Deavertown, where his brother, Dr. Gil L. Kennedy continued Doctor Hammond's treatment. He recovered and returned to practice including the staff of the new City hospital and a rotation at the County infirmary. He had made his infirmary rounds on October 14, 1892 feeling well. On the morning of October 15, 1892 he had a heart attack rapidly became unconscious and died at the age of 48 years.
Biog. Goodspeed pp. 486. & Zanesville Courier Oct. 15, 1892.

-- Chuck Cerney


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I am Katherine Short, the great-granddaughter of Alexander CULBERTSON who served in Co. F 78th Ohio Inf. I found "Cemetery Records of Marion County, Iowa Page: 18 for Alexander Culbertson; Birth: 1845; Death: 1898; Pleasantville Cemetery Town: Pleasantville, Iowa; Comment: Co. F 78th Ohio Inf.; Relative: hus of: Lydia." From this information I surfed the net and found your site.
I truly appreciate viewing your site and having history come alive for me. Thank You.
PS. If I am lucky enough to find any of things you mention you would like to know about I will let you know.

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William Bently Long. Enlisted in 1862 Co G. 17 yrs old 5 foot 7 inches tall appox 140 lbs. Red hair fair completion. I have his discharge. Was on the march though Georgia. His first cousin was A. L. Long. Brig. Gen. second corps Army of Northern Virginia. Chief of Artillery. He wrote a Biography of Robert E Lee that was published.

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My great, great, great grandfather, William McGowen Stage was a private in the 78th regiment Company H. He was born Dec. 2, 1832 and died March 26, 1892. He was married to Isabel Arbuckle Stage. I have a very weak copy of his discharge papers.

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I am a decendent of Samuel Lee who fought in the 78th OVVI Regiment in Company D. It was comanded by Captain Talley.
At the time of the Civil War he lived in Morgan Co., Bloom Twsp., near McConnelsville, Ohio. He was married to Louisa Smith and they were Married in 1850 in McConnellsville. He served in the 78th, Reg., Co. D from 1861 to 1862.
He inlisted on Nov. 9, 1861 and was Discharged (with an Honorable Discharge) on Oct. 30, 1862 in Columbus, OH.
Anyone who might have more information in Samuel Lee or Company D, please contact me at: relee1@juno.com, Thank you.

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