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in the American Civil War
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
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
|Forty-sixth Indiana Infantry. Cols., Graham N. Fitch, Thomas H.
Bringhurst; Lieut.-Cols., Newton G. Scott, Thomas H. Bringhurst, John H. Gould, Aaron M.
Flory; Majs., Thomas H. Bringhurst, John H. Gould, Aaron M. Flory, Bernard F.
Schermerhorn, William M. De Hart. This regiment was organized at Logansport in Sept.,
1861, and was mustered in Dec. 11. It left the state at once, going to Camp Wickliffe,
Ky., and marched for Paducah on Feb. 16, 1862, joining Pope's army soon afterward in
Missouri. It was in the attack on New Madrid in March, put up a battery at Riddle's point
and sustained an attack by five gunboats for over an hour without being dislodged. In
April it started for Fort Pillow, but lay near Osceola for five weeks while attempting to
pass the fort. On June 5 the flags of the 46th and 43d were raised over Fort Pillow and
they occupied Memphis the next day. The 46th went up the White river with the gunboats,
charged the works at St. Charles and drove out the enemy, capturing his guns and a number
of prisoners. It accompanied a force to Crockett's bluff, marching across the country and
driving back the enemy, then returned to Helena, where it was assigned to Gen. Hovey's
division, with which it participated in expeditions to Clarendon, Arkansas Post, and down
the Tallahatchie and Cold Water rivers. In Jan., 1863, it went to Devall's Bluff, captured
several cannon, and in February assisted in clearing the Yazoo pass of obstructions. It
was in the Yazoo river expedition, participating at Fort Pemberton, and moved for
Milliken's bend with McGinnis' brigade of Hovey's division, 13th army corps. It was in the
principal part of the engagement at Port Gibson; in the advance brigade at Champion's
hill, suffering a loss of one-fourth its numbers engaged; was 44 days in the trenches at
Vicksburg, and in the siege of Jackson in July. On Aug. 10 it moved for New Orleans, where
it was transferred to the Department of the Gulf under Banks. It participated in the Teche
expedition; was in the advance at Grand Coteau, where it rendered effective assistance to
Burbridge ; returned to New Orleans in December, and reenlisted as a veteran organization
Jan. 2, 1864. It joined the Red River expedition on March 4, and was engaged in the battle
of Mansfield as part of the 1st brigade, 3d division, 13th army corps, losing 10 killed,
12 wounded and 77 captured. The prisoners were sent to Texas where they were kept in
stockades for eight months. The regiment was engaged at Pleasant Hill and at Alexandria
assisted in holding the enemy back while a dam was being built. It reached Morganza late
in May, and arrived at New Orleans on June 12, where the veterans received a furlough
home. Upon returning to service it was sent to Lexington, Ky., to resist an invasion and
was in the expedition to Saltville, after which it garrisoned Prestonburg and
Catlettsburg, Ky. After this it was stationed at Lexington until September and was
mustered out at Louisville, Sept. 4, 1865. The original strength was 969; gain by
recruits, 205; reenlistments, 286; total, 1,460. Loss by death, 251; desertion, 22;
unaccounted for, 56.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 3