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53rd O.V.I. Regiment / Camp Diamond

 
 
53rd O.V.I. Regiment face of marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 31, 2018
1. 53rd O.V.I. Regiment face of marker
Inscription.
53rd O.V.I. Regiment. The 53rd Ohio Volunteer Regiment was mustered into service at Camp Diamond, north of Jackson, during the first year of the Civil War. Men recruited from the counties of Athens, Gallia, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Washington, Hamilton, and Preble began arriving in camp for training in September 1861. On February 16, 1862, the army ordered the regiment to Paducah, Kentucky and there assigned it to General William Tecumseh Shermanís command. From April 1862 to February 1865, the 53rd fought in 69 engagements, including the Battle of Shiloh (the unitís first) and the Atlanta Campaign. After hostilities ended, the 53rd marched in the Grand Review in Washington D.C on May 24, 1865 and was mustered out of service in Little Rock, Arkansas on August 11. The unit suffered 80 battlefield casualties; 196 men died of disease or accidents.

Camp Diamond. The old Diamond iron furnace was located about one mile north of Jackson and became the site of Camp Diamond, where the 53rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment trained for service. One brick building, formerly the furnaceís store and warehouse, became the unitís headquarters and the quartermasterís storage facility. Smaller buildings became companiesí headquarters. Each of ten companies designated A-K, has a hundred
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By J. J. Prats, August 31, 2018
2. Camp Diamond face of marker
or more men and 53rdís strength totaled 1,100 soldiers. At Camp Diamond, the unitís officers, some Methodist ministers, prohibited drinking and card-playing, and prayer meetings or religious services were held nightly. After the 53rdís departure in February 1862, the camp was not used again as a training facility. In 1885 and 1887, however, the unitís surviving members used the old camp grounds for regimental reunions.
 
Erected 2016 by Jackson American Legion Post 81 and the Ohio History Connection. (Marker Number 9-40.)
 
Location. 39° 3.163′ N, 82° 38.309′ W. Marker is in Jackson, Ohio, in Jackson County. Marker is at the intersection of Portsmouth Street and Main Street (Ohio Route 93), on the right when traveling south on Portsmouth Street. Touch for map. It is on the grounds of the Jackson County Veterans Memorial. Marker is in this post office area: Jackson OH 45640, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Trails / The Kanawha Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); The Scioto Salt Licks / The Scioto Salt Works (within shouting distance of this marker); Jackson (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Commercial Apple Orchards in Jackson County / The Jackson County Apple Festival
53rd O.V.I. Regiment / Camp Diamond Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 31, 2018
3. 53rd O.V.I. Regiment / Camp Diamond Marker
(about 300 feet away); James A. Rhodes (about 400 feet away); John Wesley Powell / Morgan's Raid in Jackson, 1863 (about 500 feet away); McKinley Park / William McKinley (approx. 0.3 miles away); James Cemetery / Major John James (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jackson.
 
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(Submitted on September 27, 2018.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 27, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 27, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 30 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 27, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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