The Long Road Home
Ten Thousand Miles Through the
Confederacy with the 68th Ohio
By Myron B. Loop
When the arrow was adopted as official badge for soldiers of the 17th Corps, Army of the Tennessee, Gen. Frank P. Blair Jr. quipped that it symbolized "their swiftness, the point their firmness whenever they strike, and the feathers their liking for chickens." Pvt. Myron Benjamin Loop would have agreed, knowing well his own regiment's predilection for long, hard marching, fighting and foraging. He belonged to the 68th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, a veteran 17th Corps organization that saw nearly four years' service during the Civil War, most of it under Grant, Sherman, McPherson, Logan and Howard in the Army of the Tennessee. Observant and steadfast in keeping a daily wartime diary, Loop relied on it heavily to compose a memoir that was serialized in 21 issues of The National Tribune. His regiment's entire field service was traced, from Fort Donelson and the Hatchie River in 1862; Raymond, Champion Hill and the trenches of Vicksburg in 1863; the Atlanta campaign and the March to the Sea in 1864; to closing scenes of 1865 in North Carolina, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Along the way the 68th Ohio traveled nearly 10,000 miles through the Confederacy, as Loop proudly pointed out: "We were on the soil of every Southern state except Texas and Florida." The journey was indeed a long one, at times fraught with hardship, sickness and boredom, at times with intense combat and celebration of victory. Because an "official" 68th Ohio regimental history never appeared in print, The Long Road Home doubles as a useful substitute. For this Blue Acorn Press presentation, historian and editor Richard A. Baumgartner has supplemented Loop's narrative with letter and diary excerpts written by 40 other 68th Ohio officers and enlisted men, and added 22 photographs and engravings.
The 68th Ohio's battle honors included: Fort Donelson, Pittsburg Landing, Siege of Corinth, Iuka, ... More »
The 68th Ohio's battle honors included: Fort Donelson, Pittsburg Landing, Siege of Corinth, Iuka, Hatchie River, Raymond, Jackson, Champion Hill, Big Black River, Vicksburg, Meridian campaign, Kennesaw Mountain, Nickajack Creek, Atlanta, Jonesboro, Lovejoy's Station, Savannah, Salkehatchie, Columbia and Bentonville.
Hardcover with dust jacket, acid-free paper, 240 pages, 22 photos, notes, bibliography & index. ISBN 1-885033-34-6