War Between the States

He was wounded in the battle of Champion's Hill, in the 1863 Vicksburg campaign!

1 1/2 pages, 7 3/4 x 12 1/2, manuscript in ink.

The State of Ohio
Henry Co.

Before me, S.M. Hague, a Notary Public, in and for said county, personally came Gilbert F.W. Fuller, who makes oath and says that he is the identical person who re-enlisted in Co. "I," 68th Regiment Ohio Vet. Vols. Infty., on the 10th of December 1863, and was mustered into the service of the United States, January 4, 1864, and credited to the 10th Congressional Dist. Of Ohio, at large; and who has been assigned to Wood County, Ohio; all which will more fully appear by reference to the Certificate of the Adjutant General hereto attached. He further makes oath and says that he has not received any local bounty upon said re-enlistment; and he makes this application to obtain the $100 bond to which he is entitled by virtue of the Act, "to amend and act to amend an act to provide a bounty for veteran volunteers," passed March 7, 1867.

And I do hereby constitute and appoint B.E. Sheldon, of Napoleon, Ohio, my attorney for me, and in my name, to receive from the Commissioners of Wood County, Ohio, the bond to which I am entitled by virtue of said Act.

Gilbert F.W. Fuller
(signed with his X mark)

Witnessed by S.M. Hague
David Corbin

Also on the same day personally appeared, David Corbin, William B. Smith, who being severally sworn, say that they are personally acquainted with Gilbert G.W. Fuller, who made his mark to the foregoing application, oath and power of attorney, that the same was read over to him correctly before signing the same, and he expressed himself satisfied therewith; also that we know the said Fuller to be the identical person he represents himself to be and that we have no interest in this claim.

David Corbin
William B. Smith

Sworn to by the said David Corbin, and William B. Smith, witnesses before me; and by the said Gilbert F.W. Fuller, who at the same time acknowledged the said power of attorney to be his act and deed, and expressed himself well satisfied therewith.

S.M. Hague,
Notary Public, Henry County, Ohio

The top edge of the margin of the document is stained. Otherwise very fine.

Gilbert F.W. Fuller, was 24 years old, when he enlisted on October 14, 1861, as a private, and was mustered into Co. I, 68th Ohio Infantry. He was wounded May 16, 1863, in the battle of Champion's Hill, in the Vicksburg campaign, and mustered out of service on July 10, 1865, at Louisville, Ky.

The 68th Ohio Infantry regiment was organized in the state at large, in October, November, and December, 1861, to serve for three years. In January, 1862, the regiment moved to Camp Chase, where it remained until February, when it moved to Fort Donelson, Tennessee. During 1862, it was actively engaged in guard duty, etc., and the following spring it played an important part in the Vicksburg campaign. It moved down to Bruinsburg, where it crossed the Mississippi River and by a forced march was able to participate in the battle of Port Gibson. It followed closely after the retreating Confederates, and was engaged in the battles of Raymond, Jackson and Champion's Hill, sustaining considerable loss in all these battles, especially at Champion's Hill. It was engaged in an attack on the Confederate works in the rear of Vicksburg on May 19th, and participated in the assault on Fort Hill on the 22nd. During the early part of the siege it was almost constantly in the trenches and it also furnished large details of sharpshooters. In the latter part of the siege it was placed in the "Army of Observation," near the Big Black River. In October it went on a reconnaissance with the 17th Corps and was engaged in a skirmish at Bogue Chitto Creek. It also participated in the fights at Clinton and Jackson during the Meridian raid. It was one of the first regiments in the 17th Corps to report three-fourths of its men re-enlisted, and after a furlough home, joined General Sherman for the Atlanta campaign. It was on the advance line for 65 days and nights, being engaged at Kennesaw Mtn., Nickajack, Atlanta, Jonesboro and Lovejoy's Station. They accompanied Sherman on his march to the sea, and in the capture of Savannah, and fought in the 1865 Carolina’s campaign. The regiment mustered out of service at Louisville, on July 10, 1865.

Source: The Union Army, Vol. 2

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