The 103RD OHIO VOLUNTEER INFANTRY REGIMENT, 1862-65, was a Union, three-year regiment comprised of men from northeast Ohio during the CIVIL WAR. Within its ranks were approximately 460 men from Cleveland and Cuyahoga County during its term of service. The regiment was raised at Camp Cleveland (see CIVIL WAR CAMPS IN CLEVELAND) during the summer of 1862, leaving for Cincinnati on 3 Sept. 

The regiment participated in the Knoxville, Atlanta, and Carolinas campaigns and battles including: Resaca, Kenesaw Mountain, Armstrong's Hill, and Ft. Fisher. The unit was mustered out at Raleigh, NC, on 12 June 1865, and its men discharged and paid off at Camp Cleveland on 22 June. The 103d lost 2 officers and 137 enlisted men to hostile action and 3 officers and 107 enlisted to disease. 

Veterans of the 103d Ohio Volunteer Infantry began holding annual reunions in 1867 and their descendants maintained a reunion campground in Sheffield Lake, OH. A Sons & Daughters Assn. was formed in 1889, and in 1907 the veterans created a corporation to maintain the campground. In 1972 a memorial foundation was established for a museum dedicated to the history of the regiment, located in Sheffield. The association currently (as of 2021) operates a museum and website dedicated to the regiment’s history,  and continues to host annual reunions of descendants. 

Unit Assignments:

2d Brigade, 1st Div., Army of Kentucky, Dept. of the Ohio Sept. - Oct. 1862
2d Brigade, 2d Brigade, Army of Kentucky Oct. - Dec. 1862
1st Brigade, 4th Div., 4th Army Corps, District of Central Kentucky, Dept. of the Ohio Jan. - June 1863
1st Brigade, 1st Div., 23d Army Corps, Army of the Ohio June - Aug. 1863
2d Brigade, 3d Div., 23d Army Corps Aug. 1863 - Feb. 1865
2d Brigade, 3d Div., 23d Army Corps, Dept. of North Carolina Feb. - June 1865


Updated by Meghan Schill

Hayes, Philip C. Journal-History of the Hundred & Third Ohio Volunteer Infantry (1872).

Members of the 103d Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Personal Reminiscences and Experiences (1900).

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