The 37TH OHIO VOLUNTEER INFANTRY REGIMENT, 1861-65, was one of 3 Ohio CIVIL WAR regiments consisting primarily of German immigrants. Approximately 152 Clevelanders served in this regiment. The 37th was organized at Camp Brown (see CIVIL WAR CAMPS IN CLEVELAND) during Aug. and Sept. 1861, under Colonel Edward Siber. It left for Camp Dennison, OH, at the end of September and was mustered into federal service on 2 Oct. 1861. 

The regiment saw action in numerous battles, including Logan Court House, Kenesaw, and Missionary Ridge. They also took part in the Siege of Vicksburg, the capture of Atlanta, and Sherman's March to the Sea. 

Ten medals of honor were awarded to men in the regiment, seven of which were earned when the regiment participated in a storming party on Confederate defenses at Vicksburg, on 22 May 1863. 

The 37th was mustered out on 7 Aug. 1865 at Little Rock, AR. Its members were discharged and paid off at Camp Cleveland, OH, after 12 Aug. 1865. The regiment lost 9 officers and 102 enlisted men to hostile causes and 1 officer and 94 enlisted men to disease.

Unit Assignments:

Benham's Brigade, District of the Kanawha Oct. 1861 - Mar. 1862
2d Brigade, Kanawha Div., Dept. of the Mountains Mar.-May 1862
2d Brigade, Kanawha Div. May-Aug. 1862
District of Kanawha, Dept. of the Ohio Aug.-Dec. 1862
Ewing's Brigade, Kanawha Div. Dec. 1862 - Jan. 1863
3d Brigade, 2d Div., 15th Army Corps, Army of the Tennessee Jan.-Oct. 1863
2d Brigade, 2d Div., 15th Army Corps, Army of the Tennessee Nov. 1863 - May 1865
Dept. of Arkansas June-Aug. 1865


Updated by Meghan Schill

37th Ohio Assn., Ninth Reunion of the Thirty-seventh Regiment, O.V.V.I. (1890).

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