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118th Indiana Infantry
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
118th 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
118th 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 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

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