Academic journal article Military Review

All for the Regiment: The Army of the Ohio, 1861-1862

Academic journal article Military Review

All for the Regiment: The Army of the Ohio, 1861-1862

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ALL FOR THE REGIMENT: The Army of the Ohio, 1861-1862, Gerald J. Prokopowicz, The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 2001, 280 pages, $34.95.

In April 1861, President Abraham Lincoln called for volunteers from the loyal states to suppress the rebellion initiated after the bombardment of Fort Sumter, Virginia. The states began organizing regiments, which were sent by the U.S. War Department to perceived threatened areas, such as the area between Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia. The regiments eventually became the Army of the Potomac-the most celebrated of the Union armies.

Kentucky was another threatened area. Lincoln wanted the state to remain neutral. Some regiments were sent to areas near Cincinnati and other Ohio River locations to control the threat. These regiments eventually became the Army of the Ohio, which is arguably the least documented of the Civil War armies. In All for the Regiment: The Army of the Ohio, 1861-1862, Gerald J. Prokopowicz offers an overdue history of this important Army.

Prokopowicz's thesis is that the Army of the Ohio's regiments were generally proficient and capable units but, when joined with other equally qualified regiments, the resulting units performed poorly. …

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