History of the 41st Ohio Veteran
By Robert L. Kimberly and Ephraim S. Holloway
From Shiloh in April 1862 to the decisive victory at Nashville in December 1864, few Union regiments in the Civil War's western theater forged better service records than the 41st Ohio.
Often utilized in battle as shock troops, the fighting men of the 41st were imbued with discipline and spirit emanating from unusually high standards expected of the regiment's officers. Its first colonel, William B. Hazen, was a West Pointer who uncompromisingly used his pre-war experience as a Texas Indian fighter to transform raw recruits into competent, reliable soldiers. Along with strict adherence to personal hygiene, everyone was thoroughly drilled in squad, company and battalion evolutions, while officers and non-commissioned officers alike were required to attend daily recitations. His successor, Aquila Wiley, embraced such no-nonsense methods and became, as Hazen believed, "the most efficient regimental commander, regular or volunteer, I ever knew." After the youthful Wiley lost a leg in the
dramatic November 1863 assault of Missionary Ridge outside Chattanooga, the 41st was ably led in turn by lieutenant colonels Robert L. Kimberly and Ephraim S. Holloway --- both of whom were brevetted brigadier generals and later collaborated to write this regimental history.
The 41st Ohio saw action in most of the major western battles and campaigns: Shiloh, Stones River, Chickamauga, Brown's Ferry, Orchard Knob, Missionary Ridge, Rocky Face Ridge, Resaca, Pickett's Mill, Kennesaw Mountain, Atlanta, Franklin and Nashville. And it acquired a place among William F. Fox's "fighting 300 regiments" of the Union Army. Of 1,423 officers and men who belonged to the 41st throughout the war, 667 became casualties, including 176 killed or mortally wounded. The heaviest losses occurred at Shiloh, Stones River, Chickamauga, Chattanooga and Pickett's Mill in Georgia, where an ill-advised attack on May 27, 1864 cost the regiment 102 men out of 271 engaged. At Nashville, two enlisted men earned Medals of Honor in the 41st's last battle.
Hardcover with dust jacket, 330 total pages, 30 photographs, full regimental roster, index. ISBN 1-885033-23-0.