Norma Hagloch of Dover remembers being told that her grandfather, Civil War veteran Milton Blickensderfer, "was an ornery old guy."

During the war, he was busted from sergeant to corporal because he got up in the middle of the night and scared his comrades by giving a rebel yell. The other soldiers thought they were under attack.

But he was also a brave man.

During the siege of Petersburg, Va., on April 3, 1865, Blickensderfer, a member of the 126th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, captured a Confederate flag during an assault on rebel positions. For his gallantry that day, he was awarded one of the nation's highest military honors, the Medal of Honor.

Blickensderfer will be one of four Tuscarawas County Civil War veterans who will be inducted into the Ohio Military Hall of Fame on May 3 during a ceremony at the Statehouse in Columbus. All four had been awarded the Medal of Honor.

From Newcomerstown, Freeman Davis received a Medal of Honr, who served in the 80th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. During the Battle of Missionary Ridge, Tenn., on Nov. 25, 1863, he saw two color bearers shot down. He recovered both flags and saved them from capture. He was honored with the award on March 30, 1898.

Davis was born in Newcomerstown on February 28, 1842, the son of Charles Davis and Hannah Miller. He enlisted into the 80th Ohio Infantry. He died on February 23, 1899 and his remains are interred at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Missouri.

Other inductees include:

• William J. Archinal, a member of the 30th Ohio Volunteer Infantry who was awarded the medal on Aug. 10, 1894, for his gallantry as a member of a storming party at the Battle of Vicksburg, Miss., on May 22, 1863. A native of Germany, he later served as postmaster of Canton.

• William Campbell, also a member of the 30th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, was awarded the medal for being a member of the same storming party as Archinal. Campbell was a native of County Down, Ireland.

Ted Mosure, president of the board of directors of the Ohio Military Hall of Fame, said this year's event will be the 20th annual induction ceremony.

"Our mission is to honor Ohio veterans who have been awarded a medal for valor in combat," he said.

The event, held in the Statehouse atrium, draws between 400 and 500 people annually, often a standing-room-only crowd. State officials receive an invitation, and this year. Maj. Gen. Deborah Ashenhurst, director of the Department of Veterans Services, will be in attendance.

At the ceremony, the attention is kept on the inductees, Mosure said.

The four local men were nominated by the Tuscarawas County Veterans Services Office.

"We have a spring, summer and fall conference that veterans services commissioners go to in Columbus," said Jeff Schrock of Sugarcreek, a member of the county veterans services commission. "They always have informative programs going on. Last summer, Ted gave a program on the Ohio Hall of Fame for Valor and what the requirements were.

"I talked to him afterwards, and told him we have four Medal of Honor winners from the county that were in the Civil War. He said, call me. So then I called him the next week and we started communicating back and forth."

The county veterans services office agreed to nominate the four men and pay for the associated fees. Schrock did much of the research to get them into the hall of fame. The agency was notified in November that the four would be inducted.

"We want to recognize veterans that are due honors," he said. "It will be great to have them in this hall of fame."

Blickensderfer was born May 20, 1835, in Lancaster County, Pa. When he was a small child, his family moved to Shanesville (now Sugarcreek). He married Mary Magdelina Dietz on Aug. 2, 1857, and they became the parents of nine children.

On Aug. 12, 1862, at age 27, he enlisted in Capt. Dixon's Company of the 126th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Blickensderfer participated in more than two dozen military operations during the war. He was involved in the battles of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, Cold Harbor and the Siege of Petersburg and Richmond. At the end of the war, he took part in the Grand Review of the Sixth Corps in Washington, D.C. He was discharged on June 25, 1865.

After the war, he returned to Shanesville, resuming his work as a wagonmaker. He died at age 81 on March 17, 1916.

Norma Hagloch never knew her grandfather, since she was born in 1928, but she heard many stories about him from her father, Jesse Milton Blickensderfer.

She said she plans on attending the induction ceremony in May, along with many of her relatives.