Edward F. Noyes
Governot of Ohio

EDWARD F. NOYES [elected Governor of the State of Ohio in 1871] was born at Haverhill, Massachusetts, October 3, 1832. His parents having died during his infancy, at the age of thirteen years he was apprenticed by his guardian, as a printer boy, in the office of the Morning Star, a religious newspaper published at Dover, New Hampshire. He entered Dartmouth College in 1853, and four years afterward graduated, ranking fourth in class numbering fifty-seven. He graduated in the Cincinnati Law School in 1858. The same year he began the practice of law, and was in successful prosecution of. his profession at the breaking out of the Rebellion. On the 8th of July, 1861, his law office was changed to recruiting head-quarters, and in less than one month a full regiment was raised and ready for the field. Of this regiment (the Thirty-ninth Ohio Infantry) he was cornmissioned Major, to rank from July 27, 1861. In this rank he continued with the command during all its marches in Missouri, and under General Pope during the advance upon, and final capture of, New Madrid and Island No. 10. Still under General Pope's command, he took part in all the skirmishes and engagements of General Halleck's left wing in front of Corinth and on the heights of Farmington. Upon the resignation of Colonel Groesbeck, and the promotion of Lieutenant-Colonel Gilbert, he was commissioned LieutenantColonel, July 8, 1862, and in this rank, took part, under General Rosecranz, in the battle of Iuka, September 19, 1862, and in the engagements at Corinth, October 3 and 4. On the 1st of October, 1862, he was commissioned Colonel, vice Gilbert, resigned; and in December following, he commanded the regiment in the battle of Parker's Cross Roads, where the rebel forces under Forrest were defeated with great loss. From this time until the beginning of the Atlanta campaign he commanded his regiment in its various movements.

When the subject of re-enlistment began to engage the attention of the troops, Colonel Noyes threw the whole weight of his influence into the work of re-enlisting his regiment. The result of his earnestness was that the Thirty-ninth Ohio gave to the country a much larger number of veterans than any other Ohio regiment, and it was doubtless instrumental in rendering the veteran movement so popular in General Dodge's District. In the Atlanta campaign he took part in the engagements at Resaca, Dallas and Kenesaw Mountain. He received a wound on July 4, 1864, while in command of an assault on the enemy's works, near Buff's Mills, on Nicojack Creek, which resulted in the loss of a leg. He afterward reported for duty to General Hooker, and was assigned to the command of Camp Dennison, where he remained until April 22, 1865, when he resigned to accept the position of Attorney for the city of Cincinnati. In October, 1866, he was elected Probate Judge of Hamilton county.

Having been recommended for promotion to the full rank of Brigadier General before he was wounded, he afterward received a commission as Brevet-Brigadier General, to date from March 13, 1865.-Ohio in the War.

Biographical Sketches of the
State Officers and of the members
of the Sixtieth General Assembly
of the State of Ohio.
By: W. Sarwin Crabb.
Ohio State Journal Book and Job Rooms.
Columbus, Ohio 1872

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