Zelotes A. Musgrave was born on Dec 13th, 1834 in Huntersville, Hardin County, Ohio He enlisted in the 45th OVI on August 11, 1862 at the age of 28 and served as a private with Company H. He was captured by Confederate forces on October 20, 1863 at the battle of Philadelphia, Tennessee and sent to Belle Isle prison in Richmond, Virgina. Weakened by chronic diarrhea, he was paroled on March 20, 1864. After recuperating at a Navy hospital in Annapolis, Maryland and returning to Ohio for further rest, Musgrave rejoined his regiment on June 14, 1864 and served until the end of the war. He was mustered out with his company on June 12, 1865.
Musgrave married Sarah Jane Walker on June 6th 1861. The couple had four childen: three boys, two of whom were twins, and one girl who died young. Later in life, he took up the occupation of "huxster," buying eggs and other produce from Amish farmers south of his home in Kenton, Ohio and selling them in town. On July 13th 1888, he died when a large flagpole fell on him, an ironic end to a veteran who had survived so many battles in his country's cause.
Despite the hardships he endured during the war, including a close brush with death at Belle Isle, Musgrave kept a diary throughout his service with the 45th. As such, it offers an invaluable overview of the regiment's history, as well as intimate glimpses of life for an ordinary
His eldest son, William Frank Musgrave, copied his diary in 1914. Daniel L. Musgrave <email@example.com>, the great-grandson of Zelotes Musgrave through his grandfather Harry O. Musgrave and father Paul Walker Musgrave, copied the diary again in 1993 and contributed it to this website.