Memorial Day Weekend seemed a fitting time to post a little tribute to my Civil War ancestors, Archelaus Osborne and Alexander Staats. By complete coincidence, these two also happen to be the subjects of my application to the Society of Civil War Families of Ohio lineage group, which I have finished up and am getting ready to send off.
Archelaus Osborne served as a private and musician in the Company D of the 92nd regiment O.V.I from 6 Aug 1862 until the company mustered out in June 1865. I’ve not done extensive research on the 92nd, but it is clear that they were very actively engaged for most of their existence, as the list of conflicts shows: Tullahoma Campaign, Chickamauga Campaign, Battle of Chickamauga, Chattanooga Campaign, Battle of Missionary Ridge, Atlanta Campaign, Battle of Resaca, Battle of Dallas, Battle of New Hope Church, Battle of Allatoona, Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, Battle of Peachtree Creek, Siege of Atlanta, Battle of Jonesboro, Sherman’s March to the Sea, Carolinas Campaign, Battle of Bentonville
Alexander Staats‘ service was brief – only eleven months from August 1864 to July 1865. However, his time in Company E, 88th O.V.I. was clearly a life-changing period. For the time of Alexander’s service, the 88th was stationed at Camp Chase in Columbus, OH. During the war, his interest in medicine was piqued, and at the close of the war, Alexander devoted himself to the study of the discipline. He first attended Starling Medical College (now part of Ohio State) in Columbus and graduated from the Cincinnati College of Medicine and Surgery in 1868. He practiced in Sarahasville, OH briefly, but became well-established in Summerfield, OH where he engaged in the practice of his profession until his death in 1913.
This small tribute closes with a really cool photo sent to me by Stephen Botley (who also sent the Osborne photo above). This is a Civil War reunion photo taken in Noble County, OH. I’m not 100% sure on the year. Archelaus Osborne is circled. I have not been able to tell if Alexander Staats is in the photo or not. If you have a Noble County ancestor, and can pick him out in the photo, let me know. It would be cool to ID as many as possible. Clicking on the photo will take you to the uploaded version’s full size. I also have a larger version for print. If you would like a copy, just let me know, and I’d be glad to email one. Enjoy the holiday weekend!