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24th Indiana Infantry
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
24th 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
24th 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
Twenty-fourth Indiana Infantry. — Cols., Alvin P. Hovey, William T. Spicely; Lieut. -Cols., John Gerber, William T. Spicely, Richard F. Barter, John F. Grill, Francis A. Sears, William S. Pollard; Majs., Cyrus C. Hines, William T. Spicely, Richard F. Barter, John F. Grill, Francis M. Redburn, David Kelly. This regiment was organized at Vincennes and was mustered in July 31, 1861. It left the state Aug. 19, joined Fremont's army at St. Louis, and moved to the interior of Missouri. In Feb., 1862, it was ordered to Fort Donelson and reached Paducah the day after its surrender. It then moved to Fort Henry and later joined Grant's army at Pittsburg landing. It was conspicuously engaged at the battle of Shiloh, where Lieut. -Col. Gerber fell. Col. Hovey was appointed brigadier- general on April 28, and Maj. Spicely was commissioned colonel. The regiment participated in the siege of Corinth, moving from there to Memphis and then was transferred to Helena, Ark., where it remained until the spring of 1863, engaging in numerous minor expeditions through Arkansas and was in many skirmishes. It moved with Hovey's division of the 13th corps to the siege of Vicksburg and was in nearly all the skirmishes and battles of that campaign, including Port Gibson and Champion's hill, charging and defeating the enemy at the latter place. It was in the trenches before Vicksburg from May 19 to July 4, and was then stationed at and near New Orleans until Jan. 1, 1864. It reenlisted as a veteran organization in January and returned home on furlough. It passed the year at various points in Louisiana, and while at Morganza in December the 67th regiment was consolidated with it. It was transferred to Barrancas, Fla., in Jan., 1865, participated in the investment of Mobile, took part in the battles about Fort Blakely and in the assaults made upon the enemy's works was the first to place its colors thereon. It was then sent to Selma, Ala., and afterwards to Galveston, Tex. On July 16, the regiment was reorganized as a battalion of five companies, the other five being made up largely of men who had enlisted prior to Oct., 1862, in the 24th and 67th, and were mustered out July 19. The battalion remained at Galveston until mustered out on Nov. 15, 1865. The original strength was 1,053; recruits, 377; reenlistments, 343; total, 1,773. Loss by death, 251; desertion, 61; unaccounted for, 161.

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

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