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50th Indiana Infantry
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
50th 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
50th 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
Fiftieth Indiana Infantry. — Cols., Cyrus L. Dunham, Samuel T. Wells; Lieut. - Cols., Horace Heffren, Samuel T. Wells, Horace N. Atkisson; Majs., Bannister Compton, Samuel T. Wells, Horace B. Atkisson, John Hungate. This regiment was organized at Seymour in Sept., 1861, and was mustered in in October. It left the state Dec. 25, for Bardstown, Ky., and from there it proceeded to Bowling Green, being assigned to railroad guard duty in detachments along the Louisville & Nashville road, until Sept., 1862. In August a detachment of 20, under Capt. Atkinson, in a stockade near Edgefield Junction, was attacked by 1,000 of Morgan's cavalry, but it repulsed the enemy after a three hours' fight. The regiment moved to Munfordville in September and was surrendered with the forces there on the 14th to Gen. Bragg. It was paroled, and in October was exchanged. Returning to the field, Nov. 1, it reported at Jackson, Tenn., Nov. 10, and was assigned to Gen. Sullivan's division of the 16th corps. It was engaged with Forrest's command at Parker's cross-roads, Tenn., in December, capturing 500 prisoners and 7 pieces of artillery. It remained in the vicinity of Jackson during the winter, moving to Collierville and Memphis in the spring of 1863, was then transferred to Arkansas, and was engaged at Little Rock. On Sept. 10, it moved to Lewisburg, Ark., where it remained on garrison duty until May 1, 1864. While here 350 reenlisted as veterans. The regiment accompanied the Camden expedition, being engaged at Terre Noir, Prairie D'Ane, Red Mound, Camden and the Saline river. It was stationed at Little Rock from May 5 until the last of July, when it left for home on furlough, but returned to Little Rock Sept. 25 for garrison duty. The non-veterans were mustered out Dec. 31, and the veterans and recruits were consolidated into a battalion of five companies. It marched in the Saline river expedition, after which it was ordered to Mobile and reached there Feb. 23. It participated in the siege of Spanish Fort and was present at the capture of Mobile. It was engaged in a skirmish at Whistler's station, was transfered to the 3d brigade, 2nd division, 16th army corps, in April, and on May 26, 1865, was consolidated with the 52d regiment, with which the battalion served until that regiment was mustered out, at Montgomery, Ala., Sept. 10, 1865. The original strength of the regiment was 983; gain by recruits, 333; reenlisted, 248; total, 1,564. Loss by death 211; desertion, 71; unaccounted for, 20.

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

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