Formed in late 1861 in the small farming communities of West Central Ohio, the 71st Ohio Volunteer Infantry's first experience in battle was at the battle of Shiloh, Tennessee, where they were falsely accused of running from the enemy. Performing tedious garrison duty at Fort Donelson, Clarksville, and Gallatin in middle Tennessee for over two years, the Regiment endured bad weather, disease, Confederate guerrillas, a hostile populace and occasionally the indifference of their own officers. Their involvement at the siege of Atlanta, the Battle of Franklin and their key role at the Battle of Nashville redeemed the Regiment's reputation and their service became a lifelong source of pride for the veterans of the 71st OVI. Original maps, original letters and over 75 photos many never before published. Ohio Civil War
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