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in the American Civil War
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
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
|Thirteenth Indiana Light Battery. Capts., Sewell Coulson, Benjamin
S. Nicklin. This battery was organized at Indianapolis in the winter of 1861-62. It was
mustered in Feb. 22, 1862, proceeding at once to Louisville, where it was detached as
cavalry and sent after roving bands of guerrillas. At Monterey it was in a sharp skirmish
with the enemy, utterly routing him and capturing over 100 prisoners. During the summer of
1862 it was engaged in checking and pursuing Morgan's forces and in driving them away
during their raids through Kentucky. A portion of the battery reached Munfordville on
Sept. 15, that place being threatened by the advance of Bragg's army, and lost 1 gun
during the two days' fight that followed, the garrison being compelled to surrender by
superior forces. During Bragg's advance upon Louisville, the battery was engaged in the
work of repelling his forces. At Kentucky river near Versailles, it was in a brisk fight,
in which the enemy was driven from the field, and on three several occasions it joined in
pursuit of Morgan. A section of the battery was stationed at Hartsville, Tenn., with a
brigade of Dumont's division, when Morgan, with 1,500 picked infantry, appeared and
captured the post, the battery losing 2 guns and 2 men killed. It went to Gallatin and
refitted, being placed in charge of Fort Thomas, where it remained until Jan. 23, 1865,
when it moved to Chattanooga, and remained on duty at the forts until ordered home. It was
mustered out July 5, 1865, with 146 men and officers. On March 11, 1862, Benjamin S.
Nicklin was commissioned captain, in place of Capt. Coulson, resigned.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 3