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Flag of the 4th OVI.[1]

"This Regiment was organized at Camp Dennison, Ohio, in June, 1861, to serve three years. The original members (except veterans) were mustered out June 21, 1864, by reason of expiration of term of service, and the veterans and recruits, together with the veterans and recruits of the Eight Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, were consolidated and designated the Fourth Battalion Ohio Infantry. This organization was formed, as stated, June 26, 1864, and was mustered out July 12, 1865, in accordance with orders from the War Department."[2]

--From "The Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion," Page 88.

The 4th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry was raised in 1861 to respond to Lincoln’s call for 75,000 men to fight against the rebellion. Company C was among the 4th Regiment of Ohio voluteers and was raised mostly from residents of Delaware County, Ohio. Going by the nickname the "Delaware Guards," this website will seek to provide information on the unit’s history, the community they lived in, and the lives of the soldiers that fought among its ranks.

Table of Contents

Unit history - a page details the general history of the formation and movements of the unit. Over time each battle will have its own page that will detail the unit’s actions in that battle.

County history - a page which has information about Delaware County from its formation up to the point these soldiers lived there. The goal of this page is to provide context for the soldier's lives to better understand the world they lived in.

Soldier Index - is a list of all the soldiers researched to this point. Expect this page to grow over time as more soldiers are researched and new information becomes available. If you want to see every soldier included in the Company whether they've been researched or not, please visit the full roster.

Future pages to add

Ranks of the 4th OVI

Circular No. 36

Surgeon's certificate of disability

4th Ohio Battalion


  1. Robert Needham for the Ohio Department of the Adjutant General, "National Colors of the 4th O.V.I.," in Ohio Civil War 150 | Collections & Exhibits, Item #1521, (accessed 11 December 2018).
  2. Roster Commission. Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865. Vol. II. Cincinnati: Wilstach, Baldwin & Co, 1886. Print