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I am a gg grandson of Robert B. Scott, who served in Company H of the 78th. In 1876, he moved his family from Guernsey County, Ohio to West Bolton, Kansas where he was a successful farmer until his death on Dec. 3, 1911. He was buried in Mercer Cemetery (now called Hope Cemetery) near Arkansas City, KS, and descendants still honor the Civil War veterans buried there every Memorial Day.

Added: July 16, 2008
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First, I have to say I really like this website. Great job to those involved with it. I am a gg grandson of Kelsey Little who served in company G. I know little about his service except that he enlisted as a private when the regiment formed and was promoted to Corporal late in the war. He grew up in Guernsey County and went back there for a few years after the war but moved to Barnesville in Belmont County around 1870. He was a stone mason there. He married Mary A. Thompson and they had 5 children. I descend from his youngest daughter. Kelsey died in 1906. I don't have any pictures of him but if I get one in the future, I'll gladly post it on this site.

Added: June 15, 2008
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I am the ggg grandson of Wesley West, Co F, 78th OVI. He served from day 1 to Vicksburg. Following the Vicksburg campaign he returned home to Richland Township. Upon his return to the 78th, he fell off the troop train, was taken to a hospital in Columbus and soon after died from his injuries. I have visited his gravesite in Richland. he is buried along side his father William West, a vet of the War of 1812.

Added: March 17, 2008
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I am the GGGGranddaughter of S.W. Hardesty. His real name is Sylvester Walker Hardesty born about 1844 in i believe Meigs Township, Muskingum Co., Ohio. He volunteered in 1863 at the age of 18(possibly). He was shot and relieved from further duty in Atlanta, GA, but I don't know when. He received his honorable discharge on 25 August 1865. He died in Bozeman, MT on 7 July 1918. He grew up a farmer, and went back to farming after the war. He was married to Mary J. King in 1867 and lived in Meigs Township, Ohio. They had five children and I am descended from his oldest son, John A. Hardesty. If anyone has anymore information about him, please let me know.

Added: March 12, 2008
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First this is a wonderful site. I wish all units had one. I am the GGNephew of Abel Arter Pvt Co D 78th OVi and his brother James C Arter Co A 78th (Arthur)is how he is listed, all from Zanesville, Ohio. Their brother Alva B Arter was in the 178th. They are the sons of William H Arter veteran of 1812. All buried Greenwood Cemetery Zanesville. My own Great grandfather William D Arter served with 12th Illinois Cav. I have two copies of the History of the 78th by Stevenson, willing to sell one...if interested you can contact me. Both in Excellent shape

Added: March 3, 2008
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GG Grandson of Private William Denbow, Company K of the 78th. Ohio Volunteer Infantry. I am a US Army Vietnam Veteran having served with the 300th. Military Police Company, 95th. Battalion of the 18th. Military Police Brigade based out of Chu Lai in 1971. Serving - a family tradition!

Carl - great job with the website!


Added: February 5, 2008
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My greatgrandfather was Finley McDonald of the H Company of the 78th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.He was born at Birmingham,Guernsey Co. and lived with his family at Cambridge where his father was employed as a saddler.Finley served with Freedmans Bureau at Yazoo Co Mississippi after the war.Moved to Kansas and farmed there.Later moved west to Nevada and on into Oregon where he passed away in 1912 and is buried at Vale Oregon.He had 4 children 2 sons Carson and Arthur,2 daughters Mae Gruel and Maude Cape.Carson Mcdonald moved to Alberta,Canada where his family lives today.Finley McDonald seldom spoke of the things he witnessed during the war but it scared him deeply.His family remains very proud of him

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My Great-great Grandfather was Sgt. Peter Burton Lupardus, Company G. He and his wife, Joanna Cain, immigrated to Miller Couny, Mo in 1868. Family legend has it that he was injured in a "wagon accident" and received a medical disability discharge in July of 1862.

Added: November 18, 2007
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I'm related to PVT Lemuel Dover, Co. D, 78th OVVI. He was a cooper (barrel maker) from McConnelsville, OH, Morgan County. Served the whole war apparently without a scratch. I have a xerox of the diary of one Wm. Gault, Co F, 78th, I copied at the Ohio Historical Society (microfiche) in Columbus. Very useful for map-tracking the 78th throughout the War. I am currently searching for a copy of "The History of the 78th OVVI From It's Muster-In To It's Muster Out" by Rev. Thomas M. Stevenson, Chaplain of the Regiment. Any help out there?

Added: August 18, 2007
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James Hamilton Mathers, Private in Company H from October 1864 to July 1865 is my ancestor. He is listed in the regimental history with the substitutes and drafted men added to the regiment.

I do not have a lot on this family. He was born in Washington County, Pa in 1829. Moved to Ohio with his parents. Married Charlotte Gardner, raised his family and died (in 1881) in Athens County, Ohio.

He also had at least four brothers that served in Ohio regiments. Alexander and David served in the 75th OVI. Joseph and Mathew served in the 1st OVI.

I'd love to hear any information on this line.


Added: May 27, 2007
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