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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 - Pages 693-696, Report of the Adjutant General
of the State of Indiana, Volume 7, by W.H.H. Terrell, Adjutant General, Indiana, 1867 View Entire Book
|First Indiana Light Battery. Capt., Martin Klauss. This battery
was organized at Evansville and was mustered into the U. S. service Aug. 16, 1861. Its
first service was with Gen. Fremont in Missouri, assisting in the capture of 950 prisoners
at Blackwater creek in December. Late in Jan., 1862, as part of Gen. Jeff C. Davis'
division, it moved toward Springfield, encountering the Confederates under Gen. Price and
pursuing them to Cross Hollow, Ark. It was next in the operations against Gen. Van Dom,
and was active in the battles of Leetown, Elkhorn Tavern and Pea Ridge. It then encamped
at Cross Timbers for about a month, when it moved toward Forsyth, over the Ozark mountains
to Sulphur Rock, where it remained until late in June, when it marched to Helena, Ark.,
reaching there July 13. In October it was ordered to Ironton, Mo., and marched from there
through southeastern Missouri to Milliken's bend in March, 1863, where it was assigned to
the 13th Army corps. It was engaged at Port Gibson, Champion's Hill and the Big Black
river, after which it went into position in the front of Vicksburg, where it was engaged
until the surrender. It took part in the siege of Jackson and after its evacuation it
returned to Vicksburg and went into camp. It moved to New Orleans in August and
accompanied Gen. Franklin's expedition into the Teche country in the fall. In early March,
1864, the battery moved with Banks' expedition up the Red river, taking part in the
battles of Sabine cross-roads and Yellow Bayou. When the army fell back to Grand Ecore the
battery was assigned to the 16th corps and was engaged daily in repelling the enemy's
constant attacks upon the retiring army until Morganza was reached, when it returned to
its old corps and proceeded to New Orleans. Capt. Klauss having resigned, First-Lieut.
Lawrence Jacoby of the 1st Mo. artillery, was promoted captain, and a number of the men
reeenlisted as veterans at New Orleans. The non-veterans returned home in the fall of 1864
and were mustered out at Indianapolis. The battery took an active part in the siege and
capture of Spanish Fort, near Mobile, in the spring of 1865; moved to Montgomery after the
surrender of Mobile and remained there until ordered home for muster out. It was mustered
out on Aug. 22, 1865.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 3