31 HISTORY OF THE SEVENTY-EIGHTH REGIMENT O.V.V.I.
This company was raised in Muskingum and Guernsey counties, by A. L. Wallar, and organized December 25th, 1861. A. L. Wallar was appointed Captain, Hugh Dunne First Lieutenant, and James T. Story Second Lieutenant.
Captain Wallar had some experience in military life, having served in the Mexican war. He is a man of good appearance, affable address, and a genial companion.
Lieutenant Dunne is a man of strong energy, willing worker, and decided, independent character. He had the qualities in request for a good officer. The Captain and Lieutenant both had those traits of character which, when brought together, would not at all times move in harmony. They did not see things and look at results in the same light and tendency, but understanding each other they moved harmoniously.
Lieutenant Story is a man of a happy, contented mind, affable manners, and jovial nature, which made him exceedingly popular with his men. Adaptation to circumstances and a knowledge of how to make the most of every thing, strongly marked his character. A pleasant cheerfulness dwelt with him and was communicated to all with whom he came in contact.
Captain Wallar, in December, 1864, was commissioned a Lieutenant-Colonel, which he declined. His term of three years service having expired, he was mustered out in January, 1865. Lieutenant Dunne was promoted to Captain in the spring of 1864, and assigned to Company "K," which position he occupied till after the fall of Atlanta. At this time he had only two months to serve, and his circumstances at home demanded his immediate attention to such an extent that he resigned his commission, left the service, and settled down in the peaceful pursuits of domestic happiness. Lieutenant J. T. Story, a year previous being promoted to First Lieutenant, was Acting Adjutant of the regiment on the campaign through the Carolinas, Lieutenant Search being detailed as Adjutant-General of the brigade. Upon the arrival of the army at Goldsboro, N. C., Lieutenant Story received a Captain's commission, but refused to be mustered, and resigned and went home to recuperate his broken constitution.
Captain C. M. Roberts was assigned to Company "F," where he remained but a few weeks. He being an officer of fine appearance and correct business habits, was detailed on General Blair's staff, as Commissary of Musters for the Seventeenth Army Corps.
Sergeant Joseph Miller, of "G" company, was promoted to First Lieutenant, and assigned to "F" company; Martin Durant, Sergeant of "E" company, was promoted to Second Lieutenant, and assigned to "F" company. Both young men of good military knowledge and attainments, unyielding patriotism, and faithfulness in the discharge of all duties, made them very acceptable officers, and their promotion very desirable and well deserved. This is one of the commendable traits of military life, when free from selfish interest: it finds out the efficient and meritorious, and rewards and honors them accordingly.
No other change was made in the officers of Company "F" till the muster-out of the regiment. The following are the names of the non-commissioned officers and enlisted men of the comp
any at its original organization:
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