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47th Indiana Infantry
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
47th 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
47th 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-seventh Indiana Infantry. — Cols., James R. Slack, John A. McLaughlin; Lieut. -Cols., Milton S. Robinson, John A. McLaughlin, Sextus A. Shearer; Majs., Samuel S. Mickle, John A. McLaughlin, Lewis H. Goodwin, Sextus A. Shearer, William H. Vance. This regiment was organized at Anderson and was mustered in Dec. 13, 1861. It left the state the same day for Bardstown, Ky., where it was assigned to Gen. Wood's brigade of Buell's army. It moved to Camp Wickliffe, arriving there Dec. 31, and for West Point on Feb. 14, 1862, taking transports there for Commerce, Miss. It was engaged at New Madrid, being the first regiment to enter Fort Thompson, was in the engagement at Riddle's point between the shore batteries and the enemy's gunboats, and then moved to Tiptonville, Tenn. It was at Memphis during July and participated in a skirmish at Brown's plantation in August. It then moved to Helena, Ark., where it remained until March, 1863, then joined the Yazoo pass expedition, after which it moved to the rear of Vicksburg, engaging in the battles and skirmishes of that campaign. At Champion's hill it lost 143 in killed and wounded and was constantly engaged in the trenches before Vicksburg until the surrender. It was also engaged in the battle at Jackson, moved to New Orleans in August and thence to Berwick bay. In the Teche expedition it was engaged at Grand Coteau, and then moved to New Iberia, where it reenlisted and visited home in Feb., 1864. It took part in the Red River expedition in the spring of 1864, was engaged at Atchafalaya bayou in July, and was stationed at Morganza most of the fall. Col. Slack was appointed brigadier-general Dec. 31, 1864, and Lieut. -Col. McLaughlin was commissioned colonel. The regiment was transported to Dauphin island, near Mobile, in Feb., 1865, and took an active part in the siege of that city. After Mobile's fall, it moved to Shreveport, La., with Gen. Herron, who received the surrender of Gen. Price and the army of the trans-Mississippi department. The regiment was mustered out at Shreveport Oct. 23, 1865. Its original strength was 977; gain by recruits, 362; reenlistments, 409; total, 1,748. Loss by death, 312; desertion, 62; unaccounted for, 20.

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

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