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13th Indiana Infantry
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
13th 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
13th 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
13th 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
13th 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
Thirteenth Indiana Infantry. — Cols., Jeremiah C. Sullivan, Robert G. Foster, Cyrus J. Dobbs, John H. Lawrence; Lieut. -Cols., Will Cumback, Horace Heffren, Robert S. Foster, Cyrus J. Dobbs, John M. Wilson, Samuel M. Zent; Majs., Robert S. Foster, Cyrus J. Dobbs, John M. Wilson, John C. Burton, John H. Lawrence, Richard J. Graham. This regiment was originally accepted for state service for one year and was organized at Indianapolis for the U. S. service by volunteers from the companies in camp. It was one of the first four regiments volunteering from the state for three years and was mustered in June 19, 1861. It left the state July 4, and joined Gen. McClellan's forces at Rich mountain, W. Va., July 10, participating in the battle at that place the following day. It was in numerous skirmishes about Cheat mountain in September, supported a battery at Green Brier in October and was in the battle of Camp Alleghany in December. It then moved to Green Spring run, where it remained until March, when it took part in the battle of Winchester heights, and joined in pursuit of Jackon's army as far as New Market. Col. Sullivan was appointed brigadier-general on May 2 and Lieut. -Col. Foster was made colonel. The regiment was in the engagement at Summerville, and then moved in pursuit of the enemy to Luray and Alexandria. It embarked on June 28 for Harrison's landing, where it remained from July 2 to Aug. 15, when it marched for Fortress Monroe. From there it moved to Suffolk, and engaged in reconnoissances during the fall and winter. It was in the engagement at Deserted House, and aided in the defeat of Longstreet, in his attempt to sieze Suffolk in the spring of 1863. Col. Foster was appointed brigadier-general on June 16, and Lieut. -Col. Cyrus J. Dobbs was promoted to colonel. On June 27, the regiment joined the expedition north of Richmond and sailed for Folly island, Charleston harbor, July 28. It participated in the siege operations of Forts Wagner and Gregg, being the first regiment to enter Fort Wagner in the assault of Sept. 7. Part of the regiment reenlisted as veterans in December and were furloughed home. The regiment moved to Jacksonville, Fla., in Feb., 1864, remaining there until April 17, when it was transferred to Gloucester Point, Va., and assigned to the 2nd brigade, 3d division, 10th corps. It participated in most of the operations of Gen. Butler's army south of Richmond, was engaged at Port Walthal Junction, Chester Station, and in the charge on the enemy's rifle pits, losing nearly 200 men in these engagements. It was attached to the 3d brigade, 3d division, 18th corps on May 26, and joined the Army of the Potomac at Cold Harbor June 1. After the battle of Cold Harbor it participated in the early assaults on the works at Petersburg. The non-veterans left for Indianapolis on June 19, and were mustered out on the 24th. The regiment engaged in the charge at the Crater, July 30, and was in the trenches before Petersburg until September. It was in the battles of Strawberrv Plains, at Chaffin's bluff and Fort Gilmer and in the attack on Richmond in October, it was sent to New York during the election in November, and joined the first expedition to Fort Fisher in December, returning to Chaffin's bluff on the 31st. The veterans and recruits were reorganized into a battalion of five companies on Dec. 6; and five companies of drafted men were added later, making a full regiment. It participated in the assault on Fort Fisher in Jan., 1865 ; in the capture of Fort Anderson, and the occupation of Wilmington; and was stationed at Raleigh, until July 20, when it was assigned to duty at Goldsboro, where it remained until mustered out, Sept. 5, 1865. The original strength of the regiment was 1,047. Gain by recruits, 192; reenlistments, 148; unassigned recruits, 40; total, 1,427. Loss by death, 136; desertion, 103; unaccounted for 25. At its reorganization, the original strength was 980. Gain by recruits, 166; total 1,146. Loss by death, 98; desertion, 1; unaccounted for, 30.

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

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