Ohio Civil War Service Medal to 3rd Cavalry KIA
Correct period engraved to Christopher C. Slaven. He enlisted, age 20, on 9/8/1861 as a Private in "G" Co. 3rd Ohio Cavalry.
Captured on 10/17/1862 by Morgan’s troops at Lexington, KY. He was paroled and rejoined his unit and was killed in battle on 8/20/1864 at Jonesboro, GA.
OHIO THIRD CAVALRY
Organized in late 1861 and ordered in March of 1862 to Nashville, TN. In September, the regiment had a sharp engagement at Munfordville, KY with a larger Confederate force but three cavalry charges drove back the Confederates. They were unsuccessful in an attack near Bardstown. In October, a detachment of the regiment was surrounded near Lexington by John Morgan's forces and surrendered. During the battle of Chickamauga, it occupied a position on the extreme left of the Federal lines. They were attacked by the Confederates and forced back to Charleston, TN. After the battle the regiment moved as the advance of Gen. Crook's forces in pursuit of Wheeler's cavalry through Tennessee, engaging them at McMinnville and on the Shelbyville. In May it was engaged at Courtland, AL and routed Gen. Roddey's Confederates. Reaching Rome, the regiment was assigned to a position on the left flank of Sherman's army and participated in the engagements at Noonday creek and Kennesaw mountain. After crossing the Chattahoochee River it engaged in the battle of Peachtree creek. In the flanking movements on Jonesboro, it was in Gen. Garrard's cavalry division and was the first to attack the enemy's forces at Lovejoy's Station, taking possession of the railroad. Cavalryman Slaven was killed on 8/20/64 at Jonesboro, GA.