Colonel George W. Neff
Commander of the 88th OVI, on duty as Camp Chase guards.
George Washington Neff was born in Cincinnati January 5, 1833. He Attended Woodward College, Cincinnati, Ohio. His occupation was Wholesale shoe merchant and insurance agent. He was one of the original members of the "Rover Guards", a much admired military company, which was among the first to volunteer under the first call. In April 1861, after a few day's service as commandant of Camp Harrison, near Cincinnati, he organized the Second Kentucky Infantry, composed of mostly Ohio troops. With his regiment he served in West Virginia but a few days he was captured at the battle of Scarry Creek July 17, 1861. He spent the next 13 months in Confederate prisons before being exchanged. Soon after being exchanged, and while at home in Cincinnati on leave of absence, Kirby Smith's raid was made, and Col. Neff volunteered his services to General Lew Wallace and served on his staff. He was afterward assigned to the command of Camp Dennison, where he had the opportunity of defending the place against John Morgan. He was commissioned Colonel of the 88th Regiment OVI on July 29, 1863, and was mustered out with his regiment July 3, 1865. His brevet rank dates from March 13, 1865. He died December 13, 1892 at Newport KY. and is buried at Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio (Section 52, Lot 152)