Willich's Brigade Descendants Association
P.O. Box 331
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
WELCOME TO THE 15TH OHIO VOUNTEER INFANTRY/WILLICH'S BRIGADE DESCENDANTS ASSOCIATION WEBSITE.
Did your ancestor fight with the Brigade of Brig. Gen. August Willich? Regiments included 89th Illinois, 32nd Indiana, 15th and 49th Ohio. At various times it also included Battery A 1st Ohio Light Artillery, 39th Indiana, 25th and 38th Illinois, 8th Kansas and the 15th Wisconsin.
Our association was founded in 2001 and is working to bring together as much information as possible on the Brigade. A quarterly newletter, "ADVANCE FIRING" is available. The January/March issue is now available. To obtain a copy, please write to the above address.
BRIGADE MONUMENTS HIT BY VANDALS AT CHICKAMAUGA
The monuments of the 15th and 49th Ohio Volunteer Infantry were hit by vandals on January 7, 2004. The vandals used gas powered paintball guns to inflict damage on over 100 monuments and markers. The damaged monuments were located near the intersection of Alexander Bridge Road and Brotherton Road where the brigade fought on the first day of the battle on September 19, 1863
On January 20, 2004, officials of the National Park Service announced that they had made an arrest in the case. Two local 16-year old high school students admited their part in the vandalism.
Park officials have downgraded damage assessments from $60,000 to $10,000.
49TH OHIO REENACTORS RAISING FUNDS TO RESTORE MONUMENT DAMAGE
Mark Holbrook of the 49th OVI reenactors is raising money to help offset the cost of repairing the damage to our brigade's monuments at Chickamauga. Your help is needed! Please send donations-made payable to Mark--at
1850 North Star Road #12
Columbus, Ohio 43201