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15th Indiana Infantry
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
15th 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
15th 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

Regimental History
Fifteenth Indiana Infantry. — Cols., George D. Wagner, Gustavus A. Wood; Lieut. -Cols., Richard Owen, Gustavus A. Wood, John M. Comparet; Majs., G. A. Wood, Alexander Fowler, J. M. Comparet, Frank White. This regiment was organized at Lafayette in May. 1861, for state service, and was reorganized for U. S. service in June, for three years. It was mustered in June 14, left the state July 1, for Clarksburg, W. Va., then marched to Rich mountain, which was reached during the progress of the battle on the 11th, and joined in the pursuit of the enemy, capturing many prisoners. It was stationed in Elk Water valley until Nov. 19, being engaged in the repulse of Lee's forces, and at the battle of Green Brier river. It joined Buell's forces at Louisville, participated at Shiloh, the siege of Corinth, took part in the battle of Perryville, where Col. Wagner commanded the brigade, and moved for Nashville in November. Col. Wagner was appointed brigadier-general on Nov. 29, Lieut. -Col. Wood being promoted colonel. The regiment was in the battle of Stone's river, losing 197, killed and wounded. It remained at Murfreesboro until June 24, engaged in numerous expeditions, and at Tullahoma it aided in turning the enemy's left, compelling the evacuation of the place. It was in camp at Pelham until Aug. 17, and then began the advance on Chattanooga, its brigade being the first to enter the place. It participated in the Battle of Missionary ridge, losing 202 in killed and wounded — over 60 per cent of those engaged. It marched to the relief of Burnside at Knoxville and remained there on severe duty until Feb. 1864, without baggage or tents, poorly clad and half fed. Then it was on garrison duty at Chattanooga until June 14. Part of the regiment reenlisted in February, and the regiment was mustered out at Indianapolis, June 16, the veterans and recruits being transferred to the 17th. The original strength of the 15th was 1,056. Gain by recruits, 89; reenlistments, 75; total, 1,220. Loss by death, 171 ; desertion, 115; unaccounted for, 17.

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

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