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In The Footsteps of the 15th Ohio Volunteer Infantry



David McMasters, a well known citizen of Mt. Pleasant, Ohio was born in Farmington, Belmont Co., Ohio on December 15, 1842. The son of Merrick and Susannah McMasters and the grandson of Rev. David McMasters. When the war broke out, David enlisted with his three brothers and his father. David and brother George joined the 15th Ohio, Albert the 104th Ohio and father Merrick and brother James joined the 52nd Ohio. They all survived the war.

David joined the 15th Ohio in August of 1861 at St. Clairsville, Ohio. He fought in all the major battles of the 15th except Nashville. He was captured on December 31, 1862 at Stone River, Tennessee and spent seventy-six days in Libby Prison before being paroled. He re-enlisted as a Veteran Volunteer in January of 1864 and mustered out in Texas in November of 1865. Following the war, he returned to Mt. Pleasant and on August 26, 1866, he married Miss Caroline O. Tweedy. They had four children. David was a member of GAR Post 407 and was also a emmber of the Knights of Pythias Lodge. He served as a constable for 34 years and also served at various times as deputy sheriff, supervisor and road commissioner. He is buried in Highland Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant. (Ancestor-Bob Bundy)


James M. Ewing (see photo page) was born Feb. 12, 1842 in Holmes Co., Ohio, the eldest son of Edward and Isabelle (Marquis) Ewing. By 1860, James Ewing's parents had moved to Salem Twp. in Wyandot Co. Ohio. At age 19, within four months after President Lincoln called for three year army volunteers, James had enlisted. On September 11, 1861, he joined the 15th Ohio Vol. Inf. from Upper Sandusky and was assigned ot Co. D. He served his entire time as a private and was nver wounded or injured. He was assigned for a time to the 68th Indiana in January/April of 1864 when re-enlistees were on furlough. He finished his three year enlistment and mustered out on September 19, 1864.

James married Sarah Newman in 1870 in Hardin Co., Ohio and they had six children. His wife died in 1885 and James married Minnie McGinnis in 1889. They had four children. Grandpa Ewing told his family tha during the Civil War, he had decided to return someday to the beautiful, rolling hills of Temmessee. In 1901, James and Minnie moved their family to Dickson, Co. TN where they lived on a 300-acre farm. They opened a sawmill operation and helped to build the Tenn. City Methodist Episcopal Church. After Minnie died in 1903, his widowed daughter, Isabelle Hemmerly moved from Ohio to Tennessee with her two yound children and kept house for the Ewings. James moved to Ft. Wayne, IN about 1925 to live with his daughter Deborah Hoy and was a member of the Bass-Lawton GAR Post. He died at age of 90 on November 17, 1932 and is buried in Ada, Ohio (ancestor-Ken Hemmerly)


     John Mason Ewing, was born in Beaver Co., PA on April 26, 1839. The second eldest son of Samuel Ewing, Sr. and Christina (Mason) Ewing.

In the spring of 1861, John enlisted as a Private for three months in Co. I of the 15th OVI. On September 11, 1861, he reenlisted for three years in the 15th OVI as a private at Upper Sandusky, Ohio and was assigned to Co. D along with his first cousin, James Ewing. He fought with the regiment without incident served for a time in the 68th Indiana and  mustered out on September 19, 1864 in Chattanooga.

    After the war, John returned to Upper Sandusky, OH and married Jennie Hunter in 1865, and managed his father's successful stock farm. Jennie died in 1866 and in 1870 he married Celia Gump and raised their children in Wyandot Co. Ohio. John was a charter member of the R. Robbins Post 91 of the Grand Army of the Republic in Upper Sandusky and was for several years its adjutant and occasional chaplain. He was a member fo the Knights of Honor, an elder of his Upper Sandusky Presbyterian Church and a lifelong farmer.

Celia died in 1886 and John married Eugenie Cartwright. By 1892, they lived in Cleveland, Tennessee. They had two boys there before moving to Mary Esther, Florida. Eugenie died there in 1908 and John married Fannie. John died May 26, 1916 and is buried beside his third wife Eugenie at the Jesse Rogers Cemetery in Mary Esther, Florida. (Ancestor-Ken Hemmerly)


    Born January 28th, 1840 in Richland Co., Ohio near the town of Mansfield, McMeekan enlisted as a 90-day man. He reenlisted September 9, 1861 when the Regiment was reorganized and was assigned to Co. G. Appointed Corporal January 1, 1864 and Sargeant Feb. 9, 1865. Mustered out November 21, 1865. (Shown on Regimental Roster as James McKuken)

    He married Martha Harnley of Richland County on February 1, 1866. The couple had seven children. (Two died in infancy.) He died December 24th 1915. (Ancestor Rob Geiger)


    Hello, I wanted to include some information about my ancestor, Royal Sherman who served as a private in the 15th Regiment, Co. D. He enlisted at Mansfiels, Ohio on September 11, 1861 age 44 and mustered out on October 11, 1862 after seeing action at Shiloh and Corinth. He lived in Kirby, Wyandot Co., Ohio and had eight children. He's buried in Schoenberger Cemetery outside of Kirby after his death on January 8, 1901 at home. I picked up a cold trail researching this part of my family about a year ago, and also found he does not have a headstone, so I am trying to assemble his military history so I can have a headstone placed for him. I have located census records and similar items for him and his family but I have no personal family items or photos that made it to my generation. I'm a direct paternal descendant, he was my great-great grandfather. Sincerely, Michael Sherman


Hello, I wanted to thank you for the web-site and for the photos posted from "The Van Dorn Collection"  Surgeon, William M. Clark is my 2nd great-grandfather. A short biography of him can be found in the: Illustrated History of Nebraska from the Earliest Explorations of the Trans-Mississippi Region, by Sterling Morton, 1906, Vol. II, Page 605

CLARK, WILLIAM MCCRACKEN, M.D., Lincoln Neb., son of Dr. Stephen B. and Jane (McCracken) Clark, was born Sept. 24, 1840, at Cambridge, Guernsey County O. He acquired a common school education in his native county, supplemented by a course in Miller Academy, Washington, O., after which he entered Bellevue Hospital Medical Group, New York City, and later was graduated from the Ohio Medical College, Cincinnati, in July, 1863.  He was commissioned, July 20, 1863, Assistant Surgeon, 15th O. Inf., by Gov. David Todd, and was appointed surgeon of the same regiment Oct. 13, 1864, by Gov. John Brough.  He first joined the regiment Aug. 28, 1863, at Tullahoma, Tenn.  He was with the regiment at the battles of Chickamauga, Chattanooga, Mission Ridge, the relief of Burnside at Knoxville, Dalton, Ga., Rockface Ridge, Resaca, Kenesaw Mountain, and all the subsequent engagements resulting in the siege and capture of Atlanta.  Then followed the battles at Columbia, Franklin, and Nashville. Tenn., culminating in the complete destruction of Hood's army.  In July, 1865, the 4th Corps, of which the 15th O. Inf. was a part, was sent to Texas, and finally mustered out of service at San Antonio, Nov. 21, 1865. 
Mr. Clark removed to Lincoln, Neb., in June 1878, and acted in the capacity of bookkeeper and paymaster for John Fitzgerald during the construction of the Burlinton R.R. from Hastings to Red Cloud, Neb., and up the Republican Valley.  He was for two years bookkeeper in the First National Bank of Lincoln, afterward engaging in the mortgage, loan, and insurance business, which he still follows as senior member of the firm of Clark & McDonald.  Mr. Clark is a republican in politics, a member of Appomattox Post, G.A.R., and also a member of the Presbyterian Church.  He was married, Oct. 16, 1867, to Mary Magilton, a native of Belfast, Ire. Four children were born to them: Frank Hamilton, deceased; Charles Chalmers, Lincoln, Neb; William Best, Omaha; and Charlotte Jane, wife
of A.H. Sheldon, Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Ancestor-Susan Alice Robles)
     My 2nd great grandfather was the Robert Applegarth (Co. E) that you have listed.
Here is the specs on him---
Robert Applegarth
B--25Sept1846  Bishop Midden, Durham, England
D--23Feb1928  Glen's Run, Belmont, Ohio USA
Burial--26Feb1928 in Henchels Cemetery, Glen's Run, Belmont, Ohio USA
Military Service---8Jan1863 to Nov. 1865 (Wounded in GA) He was in the 15th all of his service time.
Best Regards, Ray Curley

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