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117th Indiana Infantry
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
117th 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
117th 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 Seventeenth Indiana Infantry. — Col., Thomas T. Brady; Lieut. -Col., Stephen D. Sayles; Maj., James E. Bryant. This regiment was organized at Indianapolis and was mustered in Sept. 17, 1863, for six months. Leaving the state the same day, it proceeded to Nicholasville, Ky., and became a part of Mahan's brigade, which moved to Cumberland gap, then into east Tennessee, going into camp at Greeneville, where it remained until November, when it marched to Bean's station. It was stationed at Clinch gap, 3 miles from Bean's station, during the attack made upon Gen. Hascall's command by Longstreet in November, and was cut off from the main body by a brigade which Longstreet threw out on the two intersecting roads by either of which the regiment could have reached its command. Col. Brady, perceiving the inevitable capture of the regiment if it remained, abandoned all baggage and retreated over unfrequented roads and by-paths, bringing the regiment to Bean's station during the night and meeting with the command in safety before the fight was over. It then moved to Cumberland gap, thence to Tazewell, and later over the mountains to Knoxville. Late in December it marched to Strawberry plains and early in Jan., 1864, to Maynardville. In common with other troops, its experiences were severe, being at times upon quarter rations, shoeless and exposed to inclement weather. From Cumberland gap it marched across the country, reaching Indianapolis, Feb. 5, and was mustered out a few days later. Its original strength was 997; gain by recruits, 15; total, 1,012. Loss by death, 95; desertion, 13; unaccounted for, 32.

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

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