Casey’s Infantry Tactics Identified to Ephraim Shellenberger 61st and 82nd Ohio Infantry, Battle of Gettysburg Veteran - Inventory Number: HIS 145
Infantry Tactics, for the Instruction, Exercise, and Maneuvers of the Soldier, a Company, Line of Skirmishers, Battalion, Brigade, or Corps D’Armee Volume 2 by Silas Casey. Published in 1862 by D. Van Nostrand, New York. Inscribed on the first page in period pencil is “EPH. Shellenberger, Louisville, KY July 4th, 1865” followed by a larger “1865”. Faintly visible in period ink on the inside front cover is “Co. E 82nd O.V.V.I.” Ephraim Shellenberger was born in New Springfield, Ohio on October 29, 1843. He enlisted first as a private in Company D, 61st Ohio Infantry on April 25, 1862. He rose to the rank of 1st sergeant and while he was in the 61st it fought at 2nd Bull Run, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Resaca, Dallas, Kennesaw Mountain, Peach Tree Creek, Atlanta and Bentonville. On March 31, 1865 he was transferred to the 82nd Ohio, holding the rank of 2nd lieutenant but he was never mustered in at that rank. He was mustered out at Louisville, Kentucky on July 24, 1865. After the war he moved to North Lima, Ohio where he practiced his trade as a wagon and carriage maker: He died of apoplexy on February 10, 1915 and is buried in North Liam's Mount Olivet Cemetery. Shellenberger is pictured on page 59 of Buckeye Blood: Ohio At Gettysburg by Richard Baumgartner. The manual remains in good, solid condition with typical wear and soiling from use.
Ephraim Shellenberger - 18 years old. Enlisted on 2/25/1862 as a Private. On 2/25/1862 he mustered into “D” Co. OH 61st Infantry. He was transferred out on 3/31/1865. (Veteran) On 3/31/1865 he transferred into “E” Co. OH 82nd Infantry. Promotions: 1st Sergt. Corpl 12/9/1862. Sergt 11/1/1863.
Ephraim Shellenberger - 18 years old. Enlisted on 2/25/1862 as a 1st Sergeant. On 3/31/1865 he transferred into “E” Co. OH 82nd Infantry. He was Mustered Out on 7/24/1865 at Louisville, KY (Veteran) Promotions: 2nd Lieut 1/20/1865 (Not Mustered). He also had service in: “D” Co. OH 61st OVI
OHIO SIXTY-FIRST INFANTRY (Three Years)
Sixty-first Infantry. - Cols., Newton W. Schleich, Stephen J. McGroarty; Lieut.-Cols., Henry B. Hunter, William H. H. Bown; Maj., David C. Beckett: This regiment was organized in the state at large in March, April and May, 1862, to serve for three years. It left for the field in western Virginia on May 27, and at Freeman's ford had its first fight with the enemy, a part of Longstreet's corps. It took part in the second battle of Bull Run and covered the retreat of the Federal forces on the Centerville turnpike toward Washington. In the battle it lost 25 men killed and wounded. At Stafford Court House it established winter quarters and remained there until April 1863. It was engaged throughout the entire battle of Chancellorsville and lost 4 officers wounded, besides a large number of men wounded and 5 killed. At Gettysburg it opened the battle, being thrown out as skirmishers, and was so roughly handled that it was compelled to fall back to Cemetery Hill. In this action the regiment lost heavily in killed, wounded and prisoners. In September it was transported to the Army of the Cumberland and was engaged in a fierce fight at Wauhatchie, Tenn., defeating and driving the Confederates across Lookout Creek. In this fight 3 were killed and a number wounded. It was in the assault on Missionary Ridge moving round to the extreme left of the Federal lines to prevent a flanking movement on the part of the enemy. In March 1864, it re-enlisted, was furloughed home, and then returned for the Atlanta campaign. It participated in the bloody action at Resaca, losing several men, and performed its part nobly during all of the succeeding campaign. The regiment lay at Atlanta until it started with Gen. Sherman's army on its "march to the sea." It then marched up through the Carolinas' and at Goldsboro, N. C., on March 31, 1865, was consolidated with the 82nd Ohio, the combined regiment taking the name of the latter organization.
Source: The Union Army, vol. 2
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