Part of them garrisoned the fortifications of Washington
, and thus enabled the heavy artillery regiments hitherto employed on that duty to go to the front and reinforce General Grant
Part of the Ohio
National Guard, also, went to the front, and one entire division of the Tenth Corps--General Orris S. Ferry
's — was composed of these regiments.
On entering the United States
service the National Guard regiments dropped their former numerical designations, and were numbered to conform to their place in the list of Ohio Volunteers.
In addition to the National Guard, the State
organized and enrolled an efficient force of militia.
In 1862, when Cincinnati
was threatened by an invading army, 16,000 “Squirrel Hunters” marched to its defense.
The veterans of the Ohio volunteers reenlisted in large numbers; 20,708 of them remained in the field after their three years enlistment had expired, and served through the rest of the war. It should be remembered that the volunteers who enlisted in 1862 were not eligible for the reenlistments just referred to; that only those who enlisted in 1861 could reenlist, and that, owing to the depletion of the regiments resulting from three years of fighting and hard service, these 20,708 reenlistments must have embraced a very large proportion of the volunteers of 1861, who were remaining in the field at the close of their three years term.