Formed in early December of 1861 from volunteers in and around the town of Urbana in Champaign County, Ohio, the 66th Ohio Volunteer Infantry served until the end of the Civil War in April of 1865. The regiment would serve with the Army of the Potomac in the East as part of the 12th Corps and late in 1863 was transferred to the West to become part of the 20th Corps, Army of the Cumberland, which was under the overall command of William T. Sherman.
Being assigned to the two principle theaters of the Civil War meant that the 66th participated in a number of notable campaigns. For instance, as part of the Army of the Potomac, the 66th fought in the Battles of Antietam, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg as well as in a number of other battles and skirmishes. After joining Sherman in the West, among the more signifcant campaigns in which the 66th fought were Kenesaw Mountain, the siege of Atlanta and Sherman's march through Georgia to the sea.
Mustered out in July of 1865, the 66th Ohio Volunteer Infantry returned home a veteran regiment with a proud history and a notable battlefield reputation. Their brigade commander, Colonel Charles Candy, is known to have called the 66th "my bulldogs" for their tenacity in a fight.
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Port Republic, VA June 9, 1862
Antietam, MD September 17, 1862
Chancellorsville, VA May 1-4, 1863
Gettysburg, PA July 1-3, 1863
Resaca, GA May 13-16, 1864
Kenesaw Mountain, GA June 9-30, 1864
Peach Tree Creek, GA July 20, 1864
Atlanta, GA July 28 to September 2, 1864
Savannah, GA December 10-21, 1864
Bentonville, NC March 19-21, 1865