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in the American Civil War
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
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
|One Hundred and Eighteenth Indiana Infantry. Col., George W.
Jackson; Lieut. -Col., Henry C. Elliott; Maj., Henry B. Sayler. This regiment was
organized during July and Aug., 1863, principally at Wabash, but moved to Indianapolis on
Aug. 31, where its organization was completed. It was mustered in Sept. 16 for six months.
Leaving the state the same day, it joined the other six months regiments at Nicholasville,
Ky., and moved with them to east Tennessee. From Cumberland gap it proceeded via
Morristown, to Greeneville, and in November accompanied the command to Clinch river,
participating in the battle of Walker's ford. Col. Jackson was placed in command of a
brigade sent to the relief of the 5th Ind. cavalry, which had been engaged with a heavy
force of the enemy 2 miles south of the river and was in desperate straits because of the
exhaustion of its ammunition. The 118th, in command of Lieut. -Col. Elliott, waded the
river, formed in line of battle on both sides of the road, and advanced, thus enabling the
cavalry to fall back and cross the river. The regiment fell back slowly under the assaults
of a brigade, repelling a charge on its right and recrossing the river. It was engaged
during the winter in the arduous duties of that campaign and suffered greatly. It moved to
Maynardville in Jan., 1864, thence to Cumberland gap, Camp Nelson, then home, and was
mustered out at Indianapolis about the middle of February. Its original strength was 987;
gain by recruits, 30; total, 1,017. Loss by death, 81; desertion, 26; unaccounted for, 17.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 3