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38th Indiana Infantry
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
38th 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
38th 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-eighth Indiana Infantry. — Cols., Benjamin F. Scribner, Daniel F. Griffin, David H. Patton; Lieut. -Cols., Walter Q. Gresham, James B. Meriweather, Daniel F. Griffin, William L. Carter, David H. Patton, Isaac Brinkworth; Majs., James B. Meriweather, Daniel F. Griffin, John B. Glover, William L. Carter, Joshua B. Jenkins, Henry F. Perry, Isaac Brinkworth, William C. Shaw. This regiment was organized at New Albany and was mustered in Sept. 18, 1861. It left the state Sept. 21 for Elizabethtown, Ky.; remained at Camp Nevin on Barren river, and Camp Wood on Green river, near Munfordville, until spring, when it moved with Buell's army against Bowling Green and Nashville. On March 25 it moved to Franklin, thence to Columbia, and thence to Shelbyville, making frequent marches against Forrest's cavalry and being in a skirmish near Rogersville. It moved to the front of Chattanooga, thence to Shelbyville and Stevenson, going from there to Decherd. On Aug. 17 it fell back to Nashville, marched with Buell's army to Louisville, accompanied it in the Kentucky campaign and was engaged at Perryville, where it lost 27 killed, 123 wounded and 7 captured. It was attached to the 1st division, 14th army corps, on Nov. 21 at Bowling Green, moved to Nashville in December, and thence to Murfreesboro. At the battle of Stone's river, it lost 14 killed and 86 wounded. It then remained in camp until the movement for Chattanooga, in which it joined, and was in the action at Hoover's gap. It was engaged at Chickamauga, losing 9 killed, 59 wounded and 42 missing. It next participated at Lookout mountain and Missionary ridge, and passed the winter at Rossville, Ga., and Chattanooga. The regiment reenlisted as a veteran organization on Dec. 28, 1863, and was furloughed home. It returned to Chattanooga, Feb. 26, 1864, and moved in March to Tyner's Station and later to Graysville, Ga. It joined Sherman's army on May 7, and was engaged in all the battles and skirmishes of the Atlanta campaign, losing 103 in killed, wounded and missing during the movement. At Jonesboro it carried the enemy's works in a charge, the color-bearer being killed as he planted the colors inside the works. It then marched in pursuit of Hood's army as far as Gaylesville, Ala., and then returned to Atlanta. It was in the march to Savannah, where it remained until early in 1865, when it moved through Georgia and the Carolinas to Goldsboro, being engaged at Averasboro, Bentonville and the many minor engagements of that campaign. It marched to Raleigh, and after Johnston's surrender, to Washington, averaging on this last march 32 miles a day. It was transferred to Louisville, Ky., and mustered out July 15, 1865. The original strength was 995; gain by recruits, 786; reenlistments, 247; total, 2,028. Loss by death, 353; desertion. 58; unaccounted for, 77.

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

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