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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
|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