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116th Indiana Infantry
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
116th Indiana Infantry Officer Roster - Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana, Volume 3, by W.H.H. Terrell, Adjutant General, Indiana, 1866 View Entire Book
116th Indiana Infantry Soldier Roster - Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana, Volume 7, by W.H.H. Terrell, Adjutant General, Indiana, 1867 View Entire Book

Regimental History
One Hundred and Sixteenth Indiana Infantry. — Col., William C. Kise; Lieut. - Col., Godlove O. Belun; Maj., Edwin J. Loveless. This regiment was organized at Lafayette and was mustered in Aug. 17, 1863, for six months. It left the state on Aug. 31, proceeding to Dearborn, near Detroit, Mich., where it was employed for a time in guarding the U. S. arsenal. It was then ordered to Nicholasville, Ky., assigned to Mahan's brigade of Gen. Willcox's command, and moved to Cumberland gap, reaching there Oct. 3. From there it moved to Tazewell, thence to Morristown, and on the 10th fought at Blue Springs, where the enemy was routed and driven for miles. It was stationed at Greeneville until Nov. 6, moving thence to Bull's gap, where it aided in constructing fortifications. During this time it suffered the severe privations incident to the East Tennessee campaign of that fall and winter, being improperly clothed, on short rations, and greatly exposed to the rigors of fall and winter, in a mountainous country. Moving to Clinch river, it took part in the battle at Walker's ford, wading the river under heavy fire and taking a position commanding the approach through a gorge, where it held the enemy in check until the balance of the command had crossed the river. It was under fire from noon until 3 p. m., while this movement was taking place, and from that time until 5 o'clock it was in a brisk skirmish with an entire brigade. Shortly before dark it recrossed the river and for 3 hours, with the aid of the 21st Ohio battery, held the enemy in check for a second time while the command crossed to the north side. It moved to Tazewell, thence to Maynardville, being engaged during Jan., 1864, in arduous duty in the mountain regions and suffering great privations. It was mustered out at Indianapolis in Feb., 1864. Its original strength was 995; gain by recruits, 81; total, 1,076. Loss by death, 66; desertion, 120; unaccounted for, 1.

Footnotes:
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing Company, 1908 - Volume 3

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