I wish to thank several helpful bloggers who responded to that post. They left comments with sources and links to sites where I could find information about the 157th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Those very helpful bloggers are
- Leah from Leah's Family Tree. She learned that the 157th was assigned guard duty of POWS at Fort Delaware. She recommended that I visit the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System for more information about regiments.
- Heather Kuhn Roelker from Leaves for Trees suggested I might find more information at the Fort Delaware site and gave me the link to the 157th, a garrison unit at the Fort. She also included a link to the book Hundred Day Wonders At Fort Delaware: The Story of the 157th Ohio Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War at Ohio Civil War. Wow! Though I don't think my Ellis was specifically mentioned in the book it will, nonetheless, give me an idea of his activities while serving.
- Shelley Bishop of A Sense of Family said that there is a chapter on the 157th in Ohio in the War: Her Statesmen, Her Generals, and Soldiers. At worldcat she found that it's available on google books and at the Columbus Metropolitan Library. (The copy at CML is on reserve and only available for use inside the library.) Shelley also suggested that Ellis or a family member might have filed for a pension. I'd discounted the possibility earlier but decided to look when she suggested it. And finally,
- Dee Burris of Shakin' the Family Tree suggested I go to The Civil War Archive and search for the 157th.