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46th Indiana Infantry
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
46th 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
46th 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-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

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