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Indiana Regiment / 7th Indiana Cavalry
in the American Civil War
Indiana Regiment / 7th Indiana Cavalry 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 Regiment / 7th Indiana Cavalry 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
Indiana Regiment / 7th Indiana Cavalry Reorganized 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 Nineteenth Indiana Regiment (7th Indiana Cavalry).
Cols., John P. C. Shanks, Thomas M. Browne; Lieut. -Cols., Thomas M. Browne, Samuel E. W.
Simonson; Majs., Christian Beck, Samuel E. W. Simonson, John C. Febles, James H.
Carpenter, John M. Moore. This regiment, the 119th of the line, was organized at
Indianapolis in the summer of 1863, by authority of the secretary of war, for three years,
and was mustered in by companies, the organization being completed Oct. 1. It left the
state Dec. 6, reporting at Louisville, and was ordered to Union City, Tenn. On the 14th a
detachment, in command of Maj. Beck, moved towards Paris, but finding the enemy's cavalry
in heavy force at that point retraced its steps. It was assigned to the 1st brigade (Brig.
-Gen. Grierson commanding), 6th division, 16th army corps. It moved with a force on Dec.
24, into Mississippi to cut off Forrest in his retreat from Jackson, Tenn., being in a
brisk skirmish with his forces near Paris. It was engaged in a sharp fight at Egypt
Station, Miss., and in a severe battle near Okolona, Feb. 22, 1864. The enemy drove the
Union forces from the field, but the 7th cavalry held the enemy in check and saved the
train after the division had fled. Later, it made a saber charge, saving a battery that
had been abandoned, but was compelled to retire, with a loss of 11 killed, 36 wounded and
37 missing. It was complimented by the commanders for its valor. It was stationed near
Memphis for some time, engaged in scouting. Moving with Sturgis' forces upon Forrest, the
enemy was engaged at Guntown, Miss., in heavy force, a desperate fight ensuing, in which
the 7th took part. It was again complimented by Gen. Grierson for having repulsed repeated
charges by superior numbers. It was on railroad guard duty near Memphis, being in a fight
at La Mavoo, Miss., Aug. 18, and had 7 men killed near Memphis, Oct. 4, by guerrillas.
Leaving Memphis in Nov., 1864, it marched with Mower's division through Arkansas in
pursuit of Price's forces, proceeding as far as Cape Girardeau, where it took steamers to
St. Louis, marching into the interior of Missouri. Returning to Memphis, it took part in
an expedition in search of Forrest, surprising his dismounted force at Vernon, capturing
the camp and a large quantity of stores, 16 cars loaded with pontoons for Hood's army, and
4,000 new English carbines. On the 28th the enemy was attacked at Egypt Station, his
forces captured or dispersed and a train of 14 cars destroyed. The regiment was actively
engaged in scouting and on provost duty near Memphis until June, 1865, when it moved to
Alexandria, La., and on June 21 was consolidated into six companies. It was ordered to
Hempstead, Tex., where, on Oct. 10, Col. Shanks was mustered out for disability and Lieut.
-Col. Browne was appointed colonel. The regiment was mustered out Feb. 18, 1866. Original
strength, 1,202; gain by recruits, 127; total, 1,392. Loss by death, 243; desertion, 169;
unaccounted for, 29.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 3