11th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry Reenactors
Making The History of the Western Cavalryman Come Alive

Research on the 11th OVC

It is the goal of our unit to conduct as much research on the 11th OVC as possible to help support our uniform and tactical guidelines. Below are some supporting documents that has helped in our research of the 11th OVC.

Note: The following information is a compilation of research from a variety of sources. We would like to specially thank Bill Saunders for providing the vast majority of material listed below. His expertise and knowledge has been invaluable in our goal of authenticity. 

Note: This page is constantly under construction as we are always adding proof of our impressions. We are sorry for missing pages and links that don't work. We will correct these as soon as possible (as of April 23rd 2013). 


Creating an authentic presentation vs. mainstream:
In starting into this hobby, there is a common misconception that having an authentic uniform kit costs thousands more than a "mainstream" kit. The following forum discusses this issue and is a good discussion on how we feel regarding this issue.
Improving Your Impression: Not About Money

Official roster of the soldiers of the state of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866 (1886)
Starting on page 547, this document lists all the registered members and provides a short history.



Cavalry Tactics (Cooke's) Documentation
Firearms Documentation
Saber Documentation
Cavalry Tack/Saddle Documentation
Company Postings/Dates at each station
Hat Brass Documentation

Other Records
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Other Records
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Spencer Records
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During our annual Candlelight Christmas event that we host at Ft. Caspar every December it is important to know which units were stationed at Ft. Caspar at the time we represent. A post return on October 1865 listed 9 officers and 82 men of Companies H & K of the 6th West Virginia Veteran Volunteer Cavalry; 2 officers and 149 men of Companies I & L of 11th OVC; 3 officers and 11 men of Companies H & I of 6th US Volunteer Infantry. Command was Major Andrew Squires of the 6th West Virginia. The April 1865 post return still listed Companies H & K of the 6th West Virginia and men of Company C of 11th OVC, and parts of Companies H & L of the 6th US Vol. Infantry.

There were over 100 CSA POW's in the 11th Ohio Cavalry. The majority of them were in Company F, 66 of the original 103 were CSA POW's, the rest were mostly from Harrison County, Ohio.  They were recruited in June 1863.  Company E was made up mostly of Union deserters that were held at Camp Chase, Columbus, Ohio. some fought with Imboden in the Shenandoh with the 62nd Virginia Mounted Infantry, the Frost brothers were in the 1st Tennessee Cavalry CSA. Most of Company G had previously served in 60th Ohio Infantry and had been captured at Harper's Ferry in September 1862 by Stonewall Jackson with most of CSA POW's in 11th Ohio Cavalry serving with Jackson. This info comes from Camp Chase prisoner release records. They all were released from Camp Chase, the same day they enlisted in the 11th Ohio Cavalry.

Below is a list of many of the members of the 11th OVC and their previous history in either the Union or Confederate Armies. 
11th OVC Roster of previous regiments.pdf
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Company A operated a placer gold mine in South Pass in 1864.1LT William Brown commanded them. He donated 100 sq ft claims adjoining their mine to W A Carter and P E Connor, Carter was post sutler at Ft Laramie and later Territorial Senator and P E Connor was Patrick Edward Connor, Brigadier General and the commander of their district. Their mine was called the 'Buckeye Mine'. Their mine was near what became 'the Carissa Mine'.

The soldiers of the 11th Ohio Cavalry were authorized to work for the stage company and the telegraph company in their off duty hours for which they got additional payment.  Captain Francis M Shipley of Company A supposedly picked up a $10,000 payroll for the men and promptly disappeared.



The following Spencer numbers are listed as being issued to the 11th Ohio Vol. Cav., with the date of record as Aug. 21, 1863. They are all listed as carbines and were at the US. Cav. Museum at Fort Riley, KS at one point.  No complete list of the rifles or carbines has been found to the best of our knowledge, only the following information: 

2630 – Model 1860 carbine issued to Co. G

6998 – Model 1860 carbine issued to Co. E

7266 – Model 1860 carbine issued to Co. F

7412 – Model 1860 carbine issued to Co. G

7443 – Model 1860 carbine issued to Co. G

7463 - Model 1860 carbine issued to Co. E

7474 - Model 1860 carbine issued to Co. G

7484 - Model 1860 carbine issued to Co. G

7497 - Model 1860 carbine issued to Co. E

7498 - Model 1860 carbine issued to Co. G

7516 - Model 1860 carbine issued to Co. E

7599 - Model 1860 carbine issued to Co. G

7632 - Model 1860 carbine issued to Co. E

7684  - Model 1860 carbine issued to Co. E

7684 - Model 1860 carbine issued to Co. E

7700 - Model 1860 carbine issued to Co. G

7702 - Model 1860 carbine issued to Co. E

7707 – Model 1860 carbine issued to Co. E

7710 – Model 1860 carbine issued to Co. E

7722 – Model 1860 carbine issued to Co. E

7728 - Model 1860 carbine issued to Co. E

7751 - Model 1860 carbine issued to Co. F

7767 - Model 1860 carbine issued to Co. F

7772 - Model 1860 carbine issued to Co. E

7786 - Model 1860 carbine issued to Co. E

7796 - Model 1860 carbine issued to Co. E

7850 - Model 1860 carbine issued to Co. F

7885 - Model 1860 carbine issued to Co. F

7889 - Model 1860 carbine issued to Co. E

7901 - Model 1860 carbine issued to Co. E

7907 - Model 1860 carbine issued to Co. E

7911 - Model 1860 carbine issued to Co. F

7912 - Model 1860 carbine issued to Co. G

7932 - Model 1860 carbine issued to Co. F

7958 - Model 1860 carbine issued to Co. E

7968 - Model 1860 carbine issued to Co. E

7982 - Model 1860 carbine issued to Co. F

7995 - Model 1860 carbine issued to Co. E

7996 - Model 1860 carbine issued to Co. G

7999 - Model 1860 carbine issued to Co. G

8006 - Model 1860 carbine issued to Co. G

Attached below is a file for many members of the 11th OVC and where they are buried.
11th Ohio Cavalry Cemeteries.pdf
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Information on the 11th Kansas Cavalry:

Other Regimental Staff: 
There were three hospital stewards assigned to the 11th Kansas.  They were:  David H. Johnson, Armenius Ashbaugh, and John Leontz.  Ashbaigh was relieved from duty 18 Nov 1862 and reassigned to Co D.  The Muster out Rolls places these individuals under Field and Staff (i.e. Headquarters).  We cannot find where the hospital stewards were assigned to the companies based on the Muster Rolls that we have access to.  

The 11th, once it arrived in the Territory were spread out all over the trail.  At Deer Creek, 30 miles from Platte Bridge Station Maj Adams was left with Co D and L.  Co I, under Capt Greer was sent to Sweetwater Station with Lt Bodwell and Co H.  Companies A, B, F, L, and M were moved to Fort Halleck 24 Jun and stayed there until 13 Aug.  Regimental Headquarters was established Platte Bridge Station with Maj Anderson.  He ordered a detachment of troops from D, H, and K companies to report to Platte Bridge Station.

On 25 Jul, a mail detail of 12 men under Corp Henry Grimm, Co K, arrived at Platte Bridge Station from Ft Laramie.  It looks like Lt Collins had come into Platte Bridge Station with the mail detail.  

Other Links:
History Of 11th KVC
History of 11th KVC-Genealogy Records
Regimental Roster
Hospital Stewards of the 11th KVC



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