Infantry Units: 118th Ohio Volunteer Infantry
The biographical sketches here show only those members of the unit who wrote letters to their local newspapers. Information may be drawn from the unit roster, newspaper obituaries, or other biographical sources.
Field and Staff
John Boggs enlisted as Chaplain of the 118th Ohio Volunteer Infantry on October
7, 1862, mustering into service the same day. He resigned his post December 10, 1863.
Letter: Lima Weekly Gazette: October 14, 1863
Enlisted, on September 13, 1862 to serve three years. Resigned March 3, 1863
Kalida Sentinel- 12/27/1862
Roster - Company D, 118th OVI
Anthony Bowsher was born July 8, 1837 to Henry and Margaret (Dickens) Bowsher in Bowsherville, Ohio. He enlisted as a 24 year old First Sergeant of Co. C, 118th Ohio Volunteer Infantry on August 12, 1862 and was mustered into service September 15, 1862. He served with the regiment throughout the war, taking part in the battles of Mossy Creek, Resaca, Kenesaw Mountain, Atlanta, and Nashville before the regiment was sent to North Carolina, where it took part in the assault on Fort Anderson. Bowsher was promoted to First Lieutenant to date January 23, 1865, and transferred to Co. D. He was discharged May 26, 1865. He died August 25, 1871 and is buried in Old Mission Cemetery, Wyandot Co., Ohio.
Wyandot Democratic Union: May 7, 1863 pg. 3
Enlisted, age 20, August 11, 1862 to serve three years; died February 11, 1864
at Knoxville, TN
Kalida Sentinel- 1/17/1863
Benjamin F. Post enlisted as a 24 year old Private in Company D, 118th Ohio
Volunteer Infantry on August 11, 1862, mustering into service September 12, 1862.
Promoted to Corporal during his service, he was mustered out May 25, 1865 at
Letter: Bucyrus Journal: June 19, 1863
Roster - Company E, 118th OVI
Elliott S. McMichael enlisted as a 29 year old Corporal in Company E, 118th
Ohio Volunteer Infantry on August 20, 1862, mustering into service September 12,
1862. He was discharged for disability on July 8, 1864 at Cleveland, Ohio.
Letters: Church Advocate- March 5, 1863, May 7, 1863, September 24, 1863
Roster - Company G, 118th OVI
Franklin W. Nigh enlisted as a 25 year old Sergeant in Company G, 118th Ohio
Volunteer Infantry on August 18, 1862, mustering into service September 13,
1862. He served with the regiment for about two years until he died of disease
October 5, 1864 in an Atlanta, Georgia hospital.
Article: Hancock Jeffersonian: November 25, 1864
William Seifried enlisted as a 28 year old Private in Company G, 118th Ohio
Volunteer Infantry on August 26, 1862, and mustered into service September 13,
1862. The regiment spent much of its service guarding railroads in Kentucky,
but took part in the Atlanta campaign and the battles of Franklin and Nashville.
He mustered out of service May 22, 1865 at Camp Dennison, Ohio.
Hancock Jeffersonian: August 28, 1863
Church Advocate: November 27, 1862, January 8, 1863, January 29, 1863, February 12, 1863, February 26, 1863, May 14, 1863, February 4, 1864, March 17, 1864
Joseph Smart enlisted as a 26 year old private in Company G, 118th Ohio
Volunteer Infantry on August 22, 1862, mustering into service September 13,
1862. He served with the regiment through its entire service, mustering out
June 5, 1865 at Columbus, Ohio.
Hancock Jeffersonian: August 5, 1864
Roster - Company H, 118th OVI
Enlisted, age 36, august 16, 1862 to serve three years; resigned December 16, 1862
Kalida Sentinel- 10/18/1862, 11/29/1862, 12/27/1862
Roster - Company I, 118th OVI
Martin L. Higgins enlisted as a 31 year old First Lieutenant in Company I,
118th Ohio Volunteer Infantry on July 23, 1862 and received his commission
September 13, 1862. During Higgins' service, the 118th Ohio was engaged in
guarding the railroad in northern Kentucky. He remained with the regiment for
only a few months before resigning his commission March 24, 1863. He later
enlisted as a substitute Private in Company G, 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry,
mustering in February 21, 1865 and being discharged May 1, 1865.
Hancock Jeffersonian: September 26, 1862