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12th Indiana Infantry
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
12th Indiana Infantry Officer Roster - Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana, Volume 2, by W.H.H. Terrell, Adjutant General, Indiana, 1865     View Entire Book
12th Indiana Infantry Soldier Roster - Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana, Volume 4, by W.H.H. Terrell, Adjutant General, Indiana, 1866     View Entire Book
12th Indiana Infantry Reorganized Officer Roster - Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana, Volume 2, by W.H.H. Terrell, Adjutant General, Indiana, 1865      View Entire Book
12th Indiana Infantry Reorganized Soldier Roster - Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana, Volume 4, by W.H.H. Terrell, Adjutant General, Indiana, 1866      View Entire Book

Regimental History
Twelfth Indiana Infantry. — Cols., John M. Wallace, William H. Link, Reuben Williams; Lieut. -Cols., William H. Link, Reuben Williams, Solomon D. Kempton, James Goodnow, Elbert D. Baldwin, George M. Trotter; Majs., George Humphreys, Solomon D. Kempton, James Goodnow, Elbert D. Baldwin, George M. Trotter, Samuel Boughter, Henry Hubler. This regiment was organized at Indianapolis in May, 1861, for one year, was mustered in May 11 and left for Evansville June 11, to take the place of the 11th regiment for blockade duty. It left the state on July 23, for Sandy Hook, Md., where it was assigned to Abercrombie's brigade, Banks' Army of the Shenandoah. Lieut. -Col. Link was promoted to colonel, when Col. Wallace resigned, Maj. Humphreys was made lieutenant- colonel, and Capt. Henry Hubler of Co. E became major. The regiment was in camp at Pleasant Valley and Hyattstown until Sept. 11, when it moved to Williamstown, where it was on picket and outpost duty by companies, with frequent skirmishes, until March, 1862. It then marched for Winchester, skirmished near there on the 11th, and was the first regiment to enter the town the morning following its evacuation. It engaged in various movements until April 3, was then in camp at Warrenton until May 5, and was mustered out at Washington on May 14. Its original strength was 788; it gained by recruits, 244; total, 1,032. It lost by death, 22; desertion 83; unaccounted for, 1. The regiment was immediately reorganized at Indianapolis for the three years' service, and was mustered in Aug. 17, 1862. It left the state a few days later, to meet the threatened invasion of Kirby Smith, and participated in the battle of Richmond, Ky., where it lost 173 in killed and wounded. Col. Link was mortally wounded, most of the men were taken prisoners, but were paroled and were exchanged in November. After the exchange the regiment moved for Holly Springs, Miss., and marched to the Tallahatchie river in December. It was stationed at Grand Junction in Jan., 1863, and in the spring was placed on duty at Collierville, Tenn. It was assigned to Logan's (15th) corps, Army of the Tennessee, and moved to Vicksburg in June, remaining in the trenches until the surrender. It then moved to the Big Black river, where it remained until Sept. 28, then went to Memphis and participated in the march to Chattanooga. In the battle of Missionary ridge it lost 110 in killed and wounded, then joined in pursuit of Bragg to Graysville, Ga., where it was ordered to the relief of Gen. Burnside at Knoxville. It remained in camp at Scottsboro, Ala., from Dec. 26, 1863, to May 1, 1864. In the Atlanta campaign it was engaged at Resaca, New Hope Church, Dallas, Kennesaw mountain, and Jonesboro, losing 240 men in killed and wounded between Dalton and Atlanta. It joined in pursuit of Hood through Georgia and Alabama and on Nov. 14 moved for Savannah. After the surrender of that city the regiment joined in the campaign of the Carolinas, being engaged at Columbia and Bentonville. It then marched to Raleigh, Richmond and Washington, and was mustered out at the last named place June 8, 1865, the recruits and drafted men being transferred to the 48th and 59th regiments. The original strength of the regiment was 948, and it gained by recruits, 384; total, 1,332. Loss by death, 293; desertion, 8 ; un-accounted for, 13.

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

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