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Indiana Regiment / 12th Indiana Cavalry
in the American Civil War
Indiana Regiment / 12th 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 / 12th 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
|One Hundred and Twenty-seventh Indiana Regiment (12th Indiana Cavalry).
Col., Edward Anderson; Lieut. -Col., Alfred Reed; Majs., Orris Blake, Josiah B.
Cobb, William H. Calkins, Willys G. Beck. This regiment, the 127th, was organized at
Kendallville, in the winter of 1863, and was mustered in March 1, 1864. It left the state
May 6 for Nashville, Tenn., where it was equipped, although six companies only were
mounted. The mounted portion was sent overland to Huntsville, Ala., May 29, in command of
Lieut. -Col. Reed, while the unmounted portion was moved by rail in command of Col.
Anderson. The regiment was assigned to railroad defense duty from Decatur to Paint Rock,
Ala., the dismounted companies being assigned to the special work of defense and the
erection of blockhouses, under the command of Maj. Blake. The mounted companies, actively
engaged in ridding the country of guerrillas, were in many skirmishes and minor
engagements, losing quite a number in killed and wounded. Headquarters were transferred to
Brownsboro, where the regiment remained until Sept. 15, 1864, when it was ordered to
Tullahoma, Tenn. Col. Anderson was assigned to the command of the post, the regiment
garrisoning the place. Col. Anderson was ordered to Indianapohs on special service Sept.
23, Maj. Blake taking command of the post and regiment in his absence. The regiment was in
several skirmishes with Forrest's command and with guerrillas while at this point. In
October Maj. Blake was ordered to report for duty as assistant to the acting assistant
provost-marshal-general at Indianapolis. Cos. C, D and H, stationed at Huntsville, in
command of Capt. Williams, participated in the defense of that place, against the attack
of a part of Forrest's forces. These companies joined the regiment at Tullahoma, the
command moving for Murfreesboro Nov. 26, participating at Wilkinson's pike and Overall's
creek, and being engaged in several skirmishes about Murfreesboro during December. At this
point Col. Anderson was in command of the brigade, Lieut. -Col. Reed commanding the
regiment. It went into winter quarters at Nashville, where it was assigned to the 2nd
brigade, 7th division, cavalry corps. On Feb. 11, 1865, it started for New Orleans, but
disembarked at Vicksburg. Being newly mounted and armed, it continued its trip, reaching
New Orleans, March 12, and proceeded to Mobile, where it participated in the operations,
against Spanish Fort and Fort Blakely, part of the regiment acting as escort to Maj. -Gen.
Canby, the remainder being engaged in running a courier line into Florida. On April 17th,
it moved in a cavalry raid of over 800 miles through Alabama and Georgia, thence to
Columbus, Miss., which place was reached May 20. It was highly complimented by Gen.
Grierson for its gallantry and military discipline. The regiment, in command of Maj.
Blake, remained at Columbus until the middle of July. Col. Anderson then rejoined the
regiment and moved with a portion of it to Grenada, Miss., establishing headquarters
there, and Cos. D, K and L, in command of Capt. Graves, were sent to Austin, being
employed for two months in protecting government cotton and other property, then reporting
to Col. Anderson again at Grenada and proceeding later to Vicksburg. The other six
companies, in command of Maj. Blake, remained at Columbus on guard duty until the latter
part of October, when they joined the regiment at Vicksburg. The regiment was mustered out
Nov. 10, 1865. Its original strength was 1,261; gain by recruits, 96; total, 1,357. Loss
by death, 168; desertions 54; unaccounted for, 7.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 3