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  • William H. Shulze, Company D, Ohio 114th Infantry

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    William H. Shulze, Company D, Ohio 114th Infantry - Seated view of a bearded then Sergeant, later Captain Major William H. Shulze with ink signature, "Yours truly W H Shultz," of the front and "W. H. Shultz / Sergt Major/ 114th Regt. OVI," on the reverse.  In his left hand he holds a Model 1850 Foot Officer's Sword, his 1851 Eagle sword belt plate is visible, and his forage cap sits atop a table to his right.  Very nice CDV. 

    William H. Shulze:

    Residence was not listed; 20 years old.

    Enlisted on 9/10/1862 as a 1st Lieutenant.

    On 9/10/1862 he was commissioned into "D" Co. OH 114th Infantry

    He was Mustered Out on 12/17/1864


    * 1st Lieut 9/10/1862 (1st Lieut & Adjutant)

    * Capt 2/1/1864 (As of Co. D)

    Intra Regimental Company Transfers:

    * 2/1/1864 from Field & Staff to company D


    One Hundred and Fourteenth Infantry. - Cols., John Cradlebaugh, John H. Kelly; Lieut.-Cols , Horatio B. Maynard, John F. McKinley; Majs. John Lynch, Emanuel Gephart, Ephraim Brown. This regiment was organized at Camp Circleville, in Sept.,1862, to serve for three years.  The 120th Ohio infantry was consolidated with it on Nov. 27, 1864.  In Dec., 1862, the regiment moved on transports down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers to Johnston's landing, on the Yazoo river, where it joined Gen. Sherman's army, then about to operate in the rear of Vicksburg.  It was present during the whole of the battle at Chickasaw bayou and was severely engaged on Dec. 28 and 29, losing several in killed and wounded.  The regiment was in the whole of the great Vicksburg campaign and participated in the battles of Port Gibson.  Champion's hill, Big Black river, and the siege of Vicksburg.  In the battle at Port Gibson it lost several men killed and wounded in a charge made upon the enemy  about 5 p. m., in which the enemy was driven from the field and 2 pieces of artillery with a number of prisoners were captured.

    In the battle of Big Black river the regiment had a number killed and wounded, and this was also true in the charge at Vicksburg on May 22.  It spent the following winter in the operations in Louisiana and Texas, and in April, 1864, while at Alexandria, La., was engaged in the affair at Graham's plantation, 12 miles out on the road.  The last year's service of the regiment was devoted to various expeditions, guard duty, etc., and it was mustered out on July 31, 1865.  It lost during its term of service 86 killed and wounded, about 200 died of disease, and quite a number were discharged for disability.

    DECEMBER 13-14, 1864.--Expedition from Morganza to and beyond Morgan's Ferry, La.  Report of Col. John H. Kelly, One hundred and fourteenth Ohio Infantry.


    Morganza, La., December 15, 1864. GEN.: I have the honor to very respectfully submit the following report, viz:

    In obedience to instructions from headquarters U. S. forces, dated Morganza, La., December 12, 1864, I took command of the expedition composed of the Thirty-fourth Iowa Regt., One hundred and fourteenth Ohio Regt., one section of the Second Massachusetts Battery, and a detachment of the Second New York Veteran Cavalry, for the purpose of escorting and supporting Maj. Conover, Sixteenth  Indiana Mounted Infantry, and his command in crossing the Atchafalaya  River. The expedition moved from Morganza, La., December 13, 1864,at 8 a. m. and advanced to Morgan's Ferry bridge. At Cattlett's, a distance of nine miles, the column was halted for dinner and to await the arrival of Maj. Conover and his command, which arrived about 12 m., bringing with them four pontoon-boats for the purpose of crossing the river. Maj. Conover and Maj. Bell took a party and went forward from this point to the river to reconnoiter and select the point for crossing. I detached Lieut.-Col. Dungan, Thirty-fourth Iowa, with them for the purpose of selecting a suitable position for the artillery and the disposition of the troops to cover the crossing after Maj. Conover had selected the crossing. It was arranged that the expedition would move forward one mile of the river and halt until the place of crossing was selected and reported to me. Maj. Conover returned about sunset and reported that a crossing had been selected and that there were no rebel pickets near the point selected. About 7 p. m. I moved the expedition up to the river, stationed the artillery and disposed the forces, launched the boats and commenced crossing the command over at 8 p. m. The command to be crossed over consisted of 212 men, their horses, saddles, carbines, and equipments. The means of crossing were the four boats before mentioned, each of which took four men, their saddles, bridles, equipments, &c., swimming their four horses alongside the boat. The entire command was crossed over and in readiness to move, and moved off at 12 midnight. Maj. Conover and I agreed upon a signal by which I could recognize him or any of his command in case they were compelled to return to the river. I then had the boats all taken out of the river and put out of view from the opposite side of the river to prevent the enemy from discovering by what means the force had crossed over. I then gave orders to the officers in charge of the artillery to report to me anything that might occur on the opposite side of the river. At 3 a. m. Maj. Conover and his command returned and reported that he had moved with his command about six miles down the river, encountered an impassable bayou, had a man drowned in attempting to cross over it, and that he desired me to recross his command. At 6 a. m. the boats were again launched and the crossing commenced. By 11 a. m. the command was over, the boats reloaded on the wagons, and the entire expedition in readiness to move. In crossing and recrossing Maj. Conover's command no accident or misfortune of any kind occurred. We met no force on our way out, neither did we encounter any at the crossing. Maj. Conover captured one prisone whom I forwarded to the provost-marshal U. S. forces. The officers in command of the regiments, detachments, and artillery rendered efficient aid and services. The officers and troops of the entire expedition rendered aid promptly when called upon, and conducted themselves in an officer-like and soldierly manner. The expedition arrived at Morganza December 14, 6 p. m.

     Respectfully submitted.

      I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

      JOHN H. KELLY,

      Col. 114th Ohio Vol. Infty., Cmdg. Expedition.

      Brig. Gen. D. ULLMANN,

      Cmdg. U. S. Forces.

    Inventory Number: CDV 231 On-hold