John Levoy Higbie

Knox County farmer John LeVoy Higbie is shown here in the 1860s. He was one of the state's Hundred Days Men in the Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War.

During the American Civil War, Ohio devised a strategy to recruit short-term soldiers, known as Hundred Days Men, in an attempt to alleviate the non-combat duties of frontline troops. Kyle Nappi is the great-great-great-great grandson of one of these men, John LeVoy Higbie. He has joined us on the blog to write about this family story.

Ohio's Volunteer Infantry flag

National Colors of the 142nd Ohio Volunteers Infantry. 

Bermuda Hundred Map

Confederate (red) and Union (blue) positions are shown on this map of the Bermuda Hundred.

Earthworks at Bermuda Hundred

Union earthworks are shown here at the Bermuda Hundred in 1864.

Point of Rocks field hospital

The Point of Rocks field hospital for the Union Army is shown here at the Bermuda Hundred.

Union trenches

From left, Remnants of Union trenches preserved in a residential area of Bermuda Hundred. At right, John LeVoy Higbie’s wartime photo placed near the Howlett Line where the 142nd OVI dismantled a series of Confederate earthworks.