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20th Indiana Light Battery
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
20th 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
20th 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

Regimental History
Twentieth Indiana Light Battery. — Capts., Frank A. Rose, Milton A. Osborne, John I. Morris. This battery was organized at Indianapolis in the summer of 1862, and was mustered in Sept. 19. It left Dec. 17, in command of Lieut. Ludwig, going to Louisville, thence to Henderson, Ky., and on to Nashville after a short stay. Capt. Rose resigned in Feb., 1863, and Milton A. Osborne of the 24th battery was appointed captain. In the early part of 1863 the guns of the 20th were turned over to the 11th Ind. battery and the members were assigned to duty in the fortifications of Nashville in charge of the siege guns, remaining on this duty until the late summer. Through the persistent efforts of Gov. Morton and Capt. Osborne a new set of guns were secured and the battery was assigned to field duty. It was engaged in guarding the Nashville & Chattanooga railroad from early in Oct., 1863, until the following March, when it moved into the Wauhatchie valley with the 14th army corps, and then to Bridgeport, Ala., where it remained until the latter part of the Atlanta campaign, when it joined its corps south of the Chattahoochee river. It took part in the battles and skirmishes that followed and after the battle of Jonesboro moved into Atlanta. It left Atlanta Nov. 5, and moved by rail to Chattanooga, where it was assigned to Gen. Steedman's command. With that army it moved to Nashville and took part in the battle at that place in December. It pursued Hood as far as Courtland, Ala., and after a short stay there proceeded to Chattanooga, where it was assigned to the reserve artillery, remaining on duty in the fortifications until ordered to Indianapolis in June. It reached Indianapolis June 23, 1865, with 125 officers and men, and was mustered out on the 28th. During its term of service it lost 21 men by death; 23 by discharge and 25 by desertion. Capt. Osborne resigned Feb. 18, 1865, and was succeeded by Lieut. Morris.

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

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