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Sgt Oliver P. Harding
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Birth: 1835
Delaware County
Ohio, USA
Death: Jul. 20, 1864

SGT Co A 104th Illinois

Residence SOUTH OTTAWA, LASALLE CO, IL Age 27 Height 6' Hair DARK Eyes DARK Complexion DARK Marital Status SINGLE Occupation FARMER

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Joined AUG 14, 1862 OTTAWA, IL
Joined By O P HARDING Period 3 YRS
Muster In AUG 27, 1862 OTTAWA, IL


DATE OF DEATH: 07/20/1864

... On the evening of the 19th July they [104th Illinois] moved to the right and bivouacked on the north bank of Peach Tree Creek. On the morning of the 20th July they crossed Peach Tree Creek at Howell's Mill and marched out on the Atlanta road about a mile, where the line was formed, the One hundred and fourth on the left of first line; then Fifteenth Kentucky, Forty-second and Eighty-eighth Indiana on the right. The right of the One hundred and fourth was about 125 yards in advance of the left of the Fifteenth Kentucky. They being on a ridge to the rear, a ravine between us. The left of the regiment connected with troops of Twentieth Corps. The regiment was ordered to erect works, but had not worked long before they were ordered to stop work and be ready to advance. About 4 p.m. the enemy attacked the Twentieth Corps, and a few moments after, attacked the regiment with two lines. The first volley fired by the One hundred and fourth made them fall back into a ravine, where they reformed and moved by the flank down the ravine and out of sight, and soon after attacked the regiment square on the right flank, one-half of one of the regiments being in the rear of the right of the regiment. They poured a terrible fire along the rear of their rude works, and Companies A, B, and C, on the right, were ordered to fall back, when the Fifteenth Kentucky and Forty-second Indiana, in the rear, fired a volley which made the rebel lines pause. I sent word to Colonel McCook, commanding brigade, as soon as attacked, that I must have assistance on my right or I would not be able to hold my position. The Tenth Wisconsin was sent and formed on my left. I again sent for aid on my right, and the Twenty-first Wisconsin was sent and formed on my right. The enemy was repulsed before this regiment arrived in position. The casualties in the [104th Illinois] regiment in this engagement were 2 commissioned officers and 14 enlisted men killed; 1 commissioned officer and 24 enlisted men wounded; 4 enlisted men captured and 1 enlisted man missing. These losses were all in right wing. The officers and men behaved gallantly, and, with the exception of three companies named, remained firm in their position. After the enemy was repulsed the skirmishers were sent forward and occupied their old position. The enemy carried their wounded and most of their dead from the field. Five of their dead were buried by the regiment. A number of small-arms scattered on the field were gathered up by the regiment. On the 21st the skirmish line (Company F) was advanced and drove the enemy's skirmishers from their rifle-pits. They lost 1 man killed and 3 wounded.
-OR Series 1 - Volume 38 (Part I), page 537-8.

Men of 104th Illinois killed at Peach Tree Creek not found in VA grave locator or Findagrave:
Cpl Thomas G Stevens, Co D
Sgt Henry E Price, Co E
Mus Otho Hobart, Co E
Marietta National Cemetery
Cobb County
Georgia, USA
Plot: G 6886
Created by: Janet
Record added: Sep 20, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 29954582
Sgt Oliver P. Harding
Added by: Helen Jeffrey Gaskill
Sgt Oliver P. Harding
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