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42nd Indiana Infantry
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
42nd 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
42nd 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
Forty-second Indiana Infantry. — Cols., James G. Jones, William T. B. McIntire, Gideon R. Kellams; Lieut. -Cols., Charles Denby, James M. Shanklin, William T. B. McIntire, Gideon R. Kellams, William M. Cockrum; Majs., James M. Shanklin, William T. B. McIntire, Nathaniel B. French, Gideon R. Kellams, John A. Schemmerhorn. This regiment was organized at Evansville and was mustered in Oct. 9, 1861. It left the state soon after, going to Henderson, Calhoun and Owensboro, Ky., and thence to Nashville, where it arrived on Feb. 25, 1862. It moved into the interior of the state, then to Huntsville, Ala., and back to Nashville. Joining Rousseau's division of Buell's army, it took part in the pursuit of Bragg through Kentucky and participated at Perryville, losing 166 in killed, wounded and missing. It was in the battle of Stone's river, where it lost 17 killed and 87 wounded, and then remained in camp at Murfreesboro until June 24, when it left for Chattanooga with the 1st brigade of Negley's division. It was in the battle of Chickamauga, losing 8 killed, 53 wounded and 32 missing, and participated at Lookout mountain and Missionary ridge with a loss of 43 in killed and wounded. The regiment reenlisted at Chattanooga, Jan. 1, 1864, and was given a furlough during February. On its return in March it joined Sherman's army for the Atlanta campaign and participated in all the principal battles of that movement, losing 103 in killed and wounded. While near Allatoona the regiment was on picket duty within 50 yards of the enemy's skirmish line for seven days and nights without being relieved. It was engaged at Rocky Face ridge, Resaca, Kennesaw mountain, Chattahoochee river, Peachtree creek, Atlanta and Jonesboro. After the capture of Atlanta it marched to the Chattooga valley and to Galesville, Ala., in pursuit of Hood's anny, returning to Atlanta in time to take part in the march to Savannah. After the capture of Savannah it moved through the Carolinas to Goldsboro, taking part in the battles of Averasboro and Bentonville. At the close of active operations, the regiment moved to Washington, thence to Louisville and was mustered out July 25, 1865. During its term of service the regiment lost in killed, wounded and missing 629, of whom 86 were killed on the field, 443 wounded, and 100 taken prisoners. It mustered out 846, an unusual number. The original strength was 1,019; gain by recruits, 929; reenlistments, 215; total, 2,163. Loss by death, 254; desertion, 60; unaccounted for, 119.

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

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