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12th Indiana Light Battery
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
12th Indiana Light Battery 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
12th Indiana Light Battery 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
Twelfth Indiana Light Battery. — Capts., George W. Sterling, James E. White, James A. Dunwoody. This battery was recruited at Jeffersonville, organized at Indianapolis in Dec, 1861, and was mustered in on Jan. 25, 1862. It left on Feb. 22, for Louisville, where it was temporarily assigned to Thomas' division of Buell's army, moving with it to Nashville. On March 29 it moved to Savannah, on the Tennessee river, too late to participate at Shiloh. Capt. Sterling resigned while here and was succeeded by Capt. White. It took part in the siege of Corinth, and afterward moved with the Army of the Ohio as far as Stevenson, Ala., thence to Nashville, reaching there Aug. 18. It was placed in Fort Negley, manning the siege guns there during the remainder of its term of service. The city was attacked Nov. 5, by the forces commanded by Breckenridge, Forrest and Morgan, and during the battle the battery performed some very effective work in driving the enemy from the place. After the battle of Chickamauga half the battery was detached, and in command of Lieut. Dunwoody, proceeded to Chattanooga, where it took part in the battles at Lookout mountain and Missionary ridge, returning to Nashville after the capture of those points. Forty-eight of the men reenlisted in Jan., 1864. The battery was actively engaged at the battle of Nashville in Dec, 1864, and on the 23d of that month 30 non-veterans were mustered out, their term of service having expired. Capt. White resigned and Lieut. Dunwoody was commissioned captain in March, 1864. The battery was kept well recruited, and at the time it was mustered out, July 7, 1865, its rolls exceeded the maximum number allowed to light battery organizations, 5 officers and 170 men appearing for discharge.

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

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