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Col Jesse S Norton
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Birth: Aug. 1, 1825
New York, USA
Death: Nov. 4, 1886
Lucas County
Ohio, USA

"Without a murmur they made forced marches over almost impassable roads, through drenching winter rains, without a change of clothing or blankets, deprived of sleep or repose, constantly on duty for eleven days, living three days on a pint of flour and parched corn. Ever vigilant, always sacrificing their lives with a contempt of peril, displaying the coolness, determination and high discipline of veterans, they are entitled to our country's gratitude."

By General Negley of the soldiers in the 21st Ohio at Stones River.

The 21st Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry

* Regimental Commanders *

Col Neibling
Col McMahan
Lt Col Stoughton

* Regimental Staff *
Lt Baird

* Regimental Surgeon *
Dr Eames

* Regimental Chaplain *
Rev Skinner

* Regimental Companies *

Company A and Capt Keller
Company B and Maj Walker
Company C and Capt Lewis
Company D and Capt Ewing
Company E and Capt Arrants
Company F and Capt Alban
Company G and Capt Cusac
Company H and Capt Caton
Company I and Capt Martin
Company K and Capt Canfield

* Commanding Generals *

General Rosecrans (1819-1898)
General Sherman (1820-1891)
General Thomas (1816-1870)

General Buell (1818-1898)
General Mitchel (1805-1862)
General Negley (1826-1901)

* Commander in Chief *

President Lincoln (1809-1865)

*The 21st Regiment Losses During Service*

Killed and mortally wounded:
6 Officers
166 Enlisted Men

Died of disease:
2 Officers
218 Enlisted Men
Total 392 fatalities

* 21st Regiment Infantry (3 month service) *

Organized at Camp Taylor, Cleveland, Tenn., and mustered in April 27, 1861. Moved to Gallipolis, Ohio, May 23, and duty there until July. Attached to Cox's Kanawha Brigade, West Virginia, to August. Reconnaissance up the Kanawha River July 7. Expedition to Guyandotte July 9 (Co. "F"). Scarey Creek July 14-17. Mustered out August 12, 1861.

* 21st Regiment Infantry (3 years service) *

Organized at Findlay, Ohio, and mustered in September 19, 1861. Left State for Nicholasville, Ky., October 2. Attached to Thomas' Command, Army of the Ohio, to November, 1861. 9th Brigade, Army of the Ohio, to December, 1861. 9th Brigade, 3rd Division, Army of the Ohio, to July, 1862. 7th Independent Brigade, Army of the Ohio, to September, 1862. 7th Brigade, 8th Division, Army of the Ohio, to November, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, Center 14th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to January, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 14th Army Corps, to October, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 14th Army Corps, to June, 1865. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 14th Army Corps, to July, 1865.

* Engagements and Service *

Action at Ivy's Mountain, Ky., November 8, 1861. Try Mountain and Piketown November 8-9. Duty at Bacon Creek and Green River, Ky., until February, 1862. Advance on Bowling Green, Ky., February 10-15, and on Nashville, Tenn., February 22-25. Occupation of Nashville February 25-March 17. Advance on Murfreesboro, Tenn., March 17-19. Advance on Huntsville, Ala., April 4-11. Capture of Huntsville April 11. (Pittinger's Raid on Georgia State Railroad April 7-12, Detachment.) Near Pulaski May 1. At Athens May 28 to August 28. Action on Richland Creek near Pulaski August 27. March to Nashville August 29-September 2. Siege of Nashville September 12-November 7. Murfreesboro Road November 8. Advance on Murfreesboro December 26-30. Battle of Stone's River December 30-31, 1862, and January 1-3, 1863. Duty at Murfreesboro until June. Middle Tennessee or Tullahoma Campaign June 23-July 7. Occupation of Middle Tennessee until August 16. Passage of Cumberland Mountains and Tennessee River and Chickamauga (Ga.) Campaign August 16-September 22. Davis Cross Roads or Dug Gap September 11. Battle of Chickamauga, Ga., September 19-21. Siege of Chattanooga, Tenn., September 24-November 23. Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign November 23-27. Orchard Knob November 23-24. Mission Ridge November 25. Pursuit to Graysville November 26-27. Rossville Gap November 26. Regiment reenlisted January 1, 1864. Reconnaissance of Dalton, Ga., February 22-27, 1864 (Non-Veterans). Rocky Faced Ridge and Buzzard's Roost Gap February 23-25 (Non-Veterans). Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign May 1 to September 8. Demonstrations on Rocky Faced Ridge May 8-11. Buzzard's Roost Gap May 8-9. Battle of Resaca May 14-15. Advance on Dallas May 18-25. Operations on line of Pumpkin Vine Creek and battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills May 25-June 5. Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10-July 2, Pine Hill June 11-14. Lost Mountain June 15-17. Assault on Kenesaw June 27. Ruff's Station July 4. Chattahoochie River July 5-17. Vining Station July 9-11. Peach Tree Creek July 19-20. Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25. Utoy Creek August 5-7. Flank movement on Jonesboro August 25-30. Operations against Hood in North Georgia and North Alabama April 29-November 3. Near Atlanta October 2. March to the sea November 15-December 10. Jacksonboro December 11. Siege of Savannah December 10-21. Campaign of the Carolinas January to April, 1865. Taylor's Hole Creek, Averysboro, N. C., March 16. Battle of Bentonville, N. C., March 19-21. Occupation of Goldsboro March 24. Advance on Raleigh April 10-14. Occupation of Raleigh April 14. Bennett's House April 26. Surrender of Johnston and his army. March to Washington, D.C., via Richmond, Va., April 29-May 19. Grand Review May 24. Moved to Louisville, Ky., June, and duty there until July. Mustered out July 25, 1865.

Jesse Norton

Jesse S. Norton enlisted as the 35 year old Colonel of the 21st Ohio Volunteer Infantry, enlisting on April 27, 1861 and receiving his commission May 15, 1861. During the summer campaign of 1861, Colonel Norton was seriously wounded in the hip and captured July 17, 1861 at the Battle of Scarey Creek in western Virginia. Detained by the Confederates only briefly, then paroled, he returned home to recover and mustered out with the regiment August 12, 1861. He was retained as Colonel of the 21st Ohio for three years' service. He led the regiment through the summer of 1862, where in northern Alabama, a number of problems came home to roost for him. In the first place, he had never been formally exchanged since his capture in July 1861, so his leadership of the 21st Ohio was in direct violation of his parole. In the second instance, his departing divisional commander Brigadier General Ormsby M. Mitchel discovered him at a clambake with well-known Alabama secessionists. Combined with an accusation of stealing then selling government horses for personal profit, Norton spent the next several months shuttling between his home in Perrysburg, Ohio and the capitals of Columbus and Washington, D.C. trying to clear his name. Meeting little success, he resigned his commission to date December 20, 1862.

Hancock Jeffersonian: August 9, 1861
Toledo Blade- Letter: 2/6/1862
Wood County Independent-4/9/1862
Perrysburg Journal--9/5/1861, 9/19/1861, 3/13/1862

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  Martha D Blinn Norton (1826 - 1894)*
  Martha May Norton Cassady (1850 - 1915)*
  Jennie Norton Alcorn (1855 - 1909)*
*Calculated relationship
Woodlawn Cemetery
Lucas County
Ohio, USA
Plot: Lot 21, Section 4
Created by: Rick Bushong
Record added: Sep 22, 2010
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Col Jesse S Norton
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Col Jesse S Norton
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Col Jesse S Norton
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- Neil B (John 3:16)
 Added: Feb. 8, 2014
"With malice towards none With charity for all." ~Civil War Campaign Medal~ Awarded Posthumously. For Service between April 15, 1861, and April 9, 1865. General Orders Number 12. January 21, 1907.
- US War Dept.
 Added: Sep. 22, 2010

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