When: August 8th
Where: Otterbein University Chapel. Corner of Grove Street and Cochran Alley, Westerville Ohio 43081
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Speaker: Joe Reinhart
Topic: 9th Ohio Volunteer Infantry: A Stellar Ethnic Regiment
Of the 200,000 native Germans who served in the Union army, approximately 36,000 soldiered in predominately German regiments. The 9th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry was the first of eight German regiments formed in Ohio, and one of thirty or so German regiments in the entire Union army. The 9th Ohio was noted for its hard fighting on the battlefield along with its precision on the parade ground. Many of its members could not understand English and commands were given in German. Surprisingly, Col. Robert L. McCook, one of the few Anglo-Americans in the regiment, originally commanded the regiment. After Confederates mortally wounded Colonel McCook in August 1862, Gustav Kämmerling was promoted to colonel and ably led the Cincinnati regiment until its mustered out on June 7, 1864. The presentation will cover this stellar ethnic regiment’s organization, marches and battles, including the Battles of Mill Springs, Kentucky, and Chickamauga in Georgia.
Joe Reinhart has been actively researching and writing about the Civil War for the last 17 years. He is the author of A History of the 6th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry U.S.: The Boys Who Feared No Noise. His most recent book, A German Hurrah!:Civil War Letters of Friedrich Bertsch and Wilhelm Stängel, 9th Ohio Infantry was the runner up for the Museum of the Confederacy’s 2010 Founder’s Award for outstanding editing of primary sources. His fifth book, Yankee Dutchmen under Fire: Civil War Letters from the 82nd Illinois Infantry will be published in 2013. A retired C. P. A., Joe is a native of Louisville, Kentucky, a graduate of Bellarmine College, and earned a master’s degree from Indiana University. He studied German at the University of Louisville.