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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
|Nineteenth Indiana Light Battery. Capts., Samuel J. Harris,
William F. Stackhouse. This battery was organized at Indianapolis and mustered into the U.
S. service Aug. 5, 1862. It immediately left the state for Louisville, where it was
assigned to the 33d brigade, 10th division, Army of the Ohio. Its first engagement was at
Perryville, where it was posted on the right on a high level ridge at the left of the main
road, from which position it kept up a steady fire for nearly 4 hours, 4 of its guns being
captured when the division gave way, though these guns were recovered the next morning,
the enemy departing in such haste that he could not carry them off. The battery's loss was
2 killed, 13 wounded and 13 missing. Moving to Woodsonville, via Danville, Crab Orchard
and Lebanon, it remained in camp until December, when it moved to Glasgow, thence to
Murfreesboro, reaching there the day after the engagement at Stone's river, and was
assigned to Reynolds' division of the 14th corps, with which it remained in camp until
June 24, 1863, when the army started on the Tullahoma campaign, Reynolds' division having
the advance. At Hoover's gap the enemy was driven from his position, and the army
proceeded to Manchester and Tullahoma, thence to University and Chattanooga, reaching
Chickamauga Sept. 18. With its division the battery was in the hottest part of the battle
of Chickamauga on the following two days, maintaining its position until the order was
given to retreat to Chattanooga. It received the commendations of the generals commanding
the division and corps, but its losses were severe. Upon the breaking up of Reynolds'
division, the battery was assigned to the 3d division of the 14th army corps, with which
it participated in the storming of Missionary ridge and engaged in the pursuit of the
enemy as far as Ringgold, Ga. It took part in the expedition against Dalton in Feb., 1864,
skirmished in front of Buzzard Roost and remained at Ringgold until May 7, when it joined
Gen. Sherman for the Atlanta campaign. It took part in all the principal battles and
skirmishes, including Rocky Face ridge, Resaca, Cassville, near Dallas, Kennesaw mountain,
Peachtree creek, before Atlanta, Utoy creek and Jonesboro, going into camp at Atlanta
after its evacuation. The battery joined in the pursuit of Hood as far as Gaylesville,
Ala., then returned to Atlanta and moved with the army for Savannah, participating in the
siege of that city and the capture of Fort McAllister. On Jan. 30, 1865, it moved with its
division through the Carolinas, fought at Columbia and Bentonville, and after the
surrender moved to New Berne, where it embarked for Washington and took part in the grand
review, leaving soon after for Indianapolis, where it was mustered out June 10, 1865.
Capt. Harris was compelled to retire in June, 1864, by reason of wounds, and Lieut.
Stackhouse was commissioned captain.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 3