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2nd Indiana Light Battery
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
2nd 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
2nd 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
Second Indiana Light Battery. — Capts., David G. Rabb, John W. Rabb, Hugh Espy, Jr. This battery was organized at Indianapolis on Aug. 5, 1861, and was mustered in on the 9th. It left for St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 5, and remained there in camp nearly three weeks, when it was ordered to Jefferson City. On Oct. 24 it left Jefferson City as part of Gen. Hunter's division and marched to Springfield via of Tipton and Mount View. It went into winter quarters at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., remaining there until the spring of 1862, when it marched to Fort Scott, and later to Iola, Baxter springs and Spring river. A detachment with 4 pieces, marched on June 5 to Round Grove on Cowskin prairie in the Cherokee Nation, participating in a fight with Col. Coffee's forces and routing them with 6 rounds, a large amount of live stock, camp equipage and munitions of war being captured. On June 28, the battery moved with Salomon's brigade against a body of Indians commanded by Gen. Rains at Round Grove, but the enemy fled without giving battle. The battery was employed in several expeditions and was engaged at Lone Jack and Newtonia, Mo. It then moved into Arkansas and was engaged at Cane Hill, Prairie Grove and Van Buren. It was stationed at Springfield, Mo., whence in July, 1863, the greater portion was detached and sent into the field in Arkansas and Indian Territory, being engaged at Perryville in the Choctaw Nation and Cotton gap, Ark. The battery was there united and participated at Buffalo mountain, after which it moved to Waldron and Fort Smith, Ark. A small number reenlisted as veterans in Jan., 1864. The battery was next engaged at Prairie d'Ane and Moscow, and in the battle of Poisoned Spring it lost two guns. It fought at Marks' Mills, and Jenkins' ferry, after which it went to Fort Smith, where it took part in the battles fought in defense of the place late in July. It was broken up as an organization in Sept., 1864, the non-veterans being mustered out at Indianapolis on the 5th. It was reorganized at Indianapolis on Sept. 18, 1864, with James S. Wicher as captain, and moved to Nashville in Dec, 1864, where it took part in the battle and remained until the latter part of June, 1865. Returning to Indianapolis with 113 men it was mustered out July 3, 1865. The original strength was 134; gain by recruits, 247; total, 381. Loss by death, 23; desertion, 15; unaccounted for, 85.

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

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