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33rd Indiana Infantry
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
33rd 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
33rd Indiana Infantry Soldier Roster - Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana, Volume 5, by W.H.H. Terrell, Adjutant General, Indiana, 1866 View Entire Book

Regimental History
Thirty-third Indiana Infantry. — Cols., John Coburn, James E. Burton; Lieut. -Cols., James M. Henderson, James E. Burton, John P. Niederauer; Majs., William J. Manker, Levin T. Miller, John P. Niederauer, John C. Maze. This regiment was organized at Indianapolis and was mustered in Sept. 16, 1861. It left the state Sept. 28, and at Camp Dick Robinson reported to Gen. Thomas. On Oct. 13 it broke camp for Crab Orchard, thence to Camp Wild Cat, where it engaged and defeated Zollicoffer's forces. It then moved back to Crab Orchard, where it remained until April 11, 1862, then joined Gen. George W. Morgan's forces and was engaged in the movements resulting in the capture of Cumberland gap in June. It then took part in the marches and skirmishes in eastern Tennessee until the gap was evacuated in September. The regiment was in various movements until Danville was reached, camping there until the last of Jan., 1863, and then marching to Louisville, Nashville, Brentwood and Franklin. In March it fought Van Dorn's forces near Columbia, and was engaged at Thompson's station, where about 400 of the regiment were captured and nearly 100 killed and wounded. The prisoners were paroled and about two months later were exchanged and joined the regiment. During this time the balance of the regiment remained at Franklin and was in numerous engagements in that vicinity. About the first of July it moved towards Tullahoma; was in the advance on Shelbyville; was stationed at Manchester, Estill Springs, Cowan, Decherd and Tracy City during September and October, and moved to Christiana in November. The regiment enlisted as a veteran organization in Jan. and Feb., 1864, and returned home on furlough. It joined Sherman's army in the spring and took part in the advance upon and siege of Atlanta, being engaged at Resaca, Cassville, New Hope Church, Golgotha, Kolb's farm, Kennesaw mountain, Marietta and Peachtree creek, and was then before Atlanta until the surrender. It was in the engagement at Turner's ferry in August and drove a brigade out of Atlanta Sept. 2, when the mayor surrendered the city to Col. Coburn. The regiment's loss during this campaign was more than 300 in killed and wounded. It remained in camp until Nov. 15, then accompanied the army to Savannah, was in camp there until Jan. 2, 1865, and then took part in the march through the Carolinas, being engaged at Averasboro, and Bentonville. It was at Goldsboro from March 23 to April 10, and at Raleigh until May 1. It then proceeded to Washington, via Richmond, and moved to Louisville in June. While at Washington a part of the 27th, 70th and 85th regiments were assigned to the 33d, and the whole was mustered out at Louisville July 21, 1865. The original strength of the regiment was 948; gain, by recruits, 1,378; reenlistments, 449; total, 2,775. Loss by death, 267; desertion, 113; unaccounted for, 117.

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

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