Die Neuner

The 9th Ohio Infantry Regiment in the American Civil War, 1861-1864.

The 9th Ohio Infantry Regiment was Ohio's first all-German unit to enter the Union Army during the Civil War, and was one of four raised in the city of Cincinnati alone. The unit served with distinction from 1861-1864 and its story is a perfect example of the forgotten contribution that many Germans made by fighting for their newly adopted country.

I have been contacted by a number of individuals whose ancestor(s) served with Die Neuner and have kindly shared information. I greatly appreciate their interest and willingness to contribute and hope with more people like them I will be able to further improve this tribute to the men and families of the 9th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.

Battle Honors

Rich Mountain, W. Va. on July 10, 1861
Carnifex Ferry, W. Va. on September 10, 1861
Mill Springs, Ky. on January 19, 1862
Perryville, Ky. on October 8, 1862
Hoover's Gap, Tn. on June 26, 1863
Chickamauga, Ga. on September 19 & 20, 1863
Missionary Ridge, Tn. on November 25, 1863
Buzzard Roost, Ga. on February 25, 1864
Resaca, Ga. on May 13-16, 1864


Birth Place

United States -- 55
Germany -- 1,014
Switzerland -- 56
France -- 25
Russia -- 3
Holland -- 1
At Sea -- 1

(source: "We Were the Ninth" page 199)


Killed by the enemy -- 56
Died later of wounds -- 32
Missing -- 12
Died of illness -- 31
Discharged for disability -- 164
Ordered discharged, declared dead, etc. -- 89
Resigned -- 18
Transferred to other units -- 79

(source: "We Were the Ninth" page 198)



9th Ohio Volunteer Infantry

Gerbner, Constantin. We Were the Ninth Kent State University Press, 1987.

German-American Regiments

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German-Americans in the Civil War: General

Kaufmann, Wilhelm. The Germans in the American Civil War. John Kallmann Publishers, 1999.

Ofele, Martin. German-speaking Officers in the U.S. Colored Troops, 1863-1867. University of Florida Press, 2004.

Rentschler, Thomas B. Rifles and Blades of the German-American Militia and the Civil War. Blue Hills Press, 2003.

Valuska, David L. Damn Dutch: Pennsylvania Germans at Gettysburg. Stackpole Books, 2004.

German-Americans in the Civil War: Narratives

Gould, David ed. Memoirs of a Dutch Mudsill. Kent State University Press, 2004.

Miller, C. Eugene ed. Der Turner Soldat. Calmer Publications, 1988.

Reinhart, Joseph R. Two Germans in the Civil War. University of Tennessee Press, 2004.


German-American Units