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56th Indiana Infantry
in the American Civil War

Regimental History
Fifty-sixth Indiana Infantry. — This regiment was authorized under special orders, the design being to recruit the regiment from railroad operatives, and it was designated as the "Railroad Regiment." James M. Smith was named as colonel, Silas M. Avery as lieutenant-colonel, and Frank B. Lord as major. Failing to enlist the requisite number, the attempt to form the regiment was abandoned and the enlisted men were consolidated with the 52nd regiment, Jan. 20, 1862.

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

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