Ezra W. Neff Residence was not listed; 18 years old. Enlisted on 9/19/1861 as a Private. On 10/3/1861 he mustered into “G” Co. OH 51st Infantry He was Mustered Out on 10/3/1865 at Victoria, TX Promotions: Corpl 4/15/1865 Fifty-first Infantry.
This regiment was organized at Camp Meigs, near Canal Dover, from Sept. 9 to Oct. 12, 1861, to serve for three years. On Nov. 3 it went by rail to Wellsville on the Ohio river and was there placed on trans- ports and taken to Louisville, Ky. It was variously engaged at different points during the first year of its service, but participated in its first actual engagement in the fall of 1862, when the regiment and brigade were sent out on a foraging expedition, and at Dobson’s ferry, Tenn., met and defeated Wheeler’s Confederate cavalry, who had by some means got in the rear. The regiment lost 13 men wounded 3 of whom subsequently died. The 51st left 32 of its number dead on the field at Stone’s river, 105 were wounded and 46 captured. The regiment lay at Murfreesboro until June 24, when it moved on the Tullahoma campaign. At Ringgold, Wheeler’s Confederate cavalry was met, defeated and driven to Tunnel Hill. In the battle of Chickamauga the regiment lost 8 men killed, 37 men and 1 officer wounded and 30 captured. It participated in the storming of Lookout mountain and took part in the taking of Rossville gap through Missionary ridge, its loss in these two affairs be- ing 1 killed and 7 wounded. It re-enlisted, was furloughed home and returned in time to enter on the Atlanta campaign. It was engaged at Resaca and at Kennesaw mountain. From this time until Atlanta was taken the regiment was almost hourly engaged with the enemy. It fought at Jonesboro and then pursued the enemy to Lovejoy’s Station, losing 10 wounded at the latter place. Then followed the battles of Franklin and Nashville, after which the regiment was ordered to Texas, and was there mustered out on Oct. 3, 1865.