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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 - Pages 701-704, Report of the Adjutant General
of the State of Indiana, Volume 7, by W.H.H. Terrell, Adjutant General, Indiana, 1867 View Entire Book
|Third Indiana Light Battery. Capts., Watton W. Frybarger, James M.
Cockefair, Thomas J. Ginn, Richard Burns. This battery was organized at Connersville, Aug.
5, 1861, and was mustered in on the 24th. It moved to St. Louis in September, was assigned
to Fremont's army, and accompanied it in the campaign through southwestern Missouri. Capt.
Frybarger was promoted major and Lieut. Cockefair succeeded him as captain. The battery
moved from Springfield to Tipton, thence to Lamine Cantonment, remaining at that point
until the spring of 1862, when it proceeded to Jefferson City. During the summer and fall
sections of the battery were sent to different points in Missouri and were engaged with
straggling forces of the enemy at Moon's mill, Kirksville and Lone Jack. The battery
rendezvoused at Springfield during the winter of 1862-63. From there it moved to Rolla,
thence to St. Louis, where it remained until the latter part of 1863. On Nov. 30 a
majority of the members reenlisted as veterans, taking a furlough home and then rejoining
their comrades in the field. In Dec, 1863, the battery moved to St. Louis, thence to
Columbus, Ky., where it was assigned to Gen. A. J. Smith's command, taking part in the
winter campaign through western Tennessee, at the close of which it moved to Vicksburg and
joined Sherman's army on the expedition to Meridian, Miss., in Feb., 1864. Returning to
Vicksburg, it went up the Red river, landing at Simsport, and taking part in the storming
and capture of Fort De Russy. It was engaged at Pleasant Hill and in covering the retreat
of Bank's army until it reached Morganza, taking part at Cane river crossing,
Cloutierville, Alexandria, Old Oaks and Round Lake. It then returned to Vicksburg, thence
to Memphis and Tupelo, Miss., being engaged at Tupelo, Tallahatchie, Jackson and Clinton
during this movement. Returning to Memphis the battery was newly equipped and moved to
Oxford, Miss., but soon returned to Memphis and moved with the 16th army corps to St.
Louis, where it joined Rosecrans' forces in pursuit of Price. After a march of 800 miles
without overtaking him, the battery returned to St. Louis and proceeded to Nashville,
being engaged in the battle in front of that city in December. It moved to Eastport,
Miss., in Jan., 1865, thence to New Orleans, where it was assigned to Gen. Canby's
command, taking part with it in the siege and capture of Fort Blakely, which resulted in
the surrender of Mobile. It next moved to Montgomery, thence to Selma, Ala., where it
remained until July 30, 1865, when orders were received to proceed to Indianapolis. It was
mustered out Aug. 13, 1865, numbering 3 officers and 71 men, having lost 64 in killed and
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 3