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57th Indiana Infantry
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
57th 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
57th 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
Fifty-seventh Indiana Infantry. — Cols., John W. T. McMullen, Cyrus C. Hines, George W. Lennard, Willis Blanch, John S. McGraw; Lieut. - Cols., Franklin A. Hardin, George W. Lennard, Willis Blanch, John S. McGraw, Timothy H. Leeds; Majs., John W. Jordan, Willis Blanch, John S. McGraw, Joseph S. Stidham, Addison M. Dunn, Timothy H. Leeds, John S. Summers. This regiment was recruited in the 5th and 11th Congressional districts and was organized at Richmond in Nov., 1861. It was mustered in Nov. 18, and left the state Dec. 23, reporting to Gen. Buell at Louisville, where it was assigned to the 6th division Army of the Ohio, and ordered to Bardstown, Ky. It moved to Lebanon and on Feb. 12, 1862, to Munfordville and thence to Nashville. It started for Pittsburg landing Mar. 21 , and was actively engaged at Shiloh. It participated in the siege of Corinth, and moved from there to northern Alabama, where it remained until July, when it was ordered to Tennessee. It was on duty near Tullahoma and McMinnville until September and then took an active part in the campaign against Bragg in Kentucky, being in the battle of Perryville. It was at Nashville during most of December, guarding forage trains and engaged in frequent skirmishes. At the battle of Stone's river it was attached to the left wing of the army and distinguished itself by its gallantry in resisting the fierce attacks made upon the lines at that point, losing 75 in killed and wounded. It was in camp near Murfreesboro during the winter and spring of 1863, took part in Reynolds' "eleven days' scout" in April, and participated in the campaign against Tullahoma. It was in camp near Pelham until Aug. 16, when it joined in the campaign towards Chattanooga and operated on the north side of the Tennessee opposite that city, its brigade taking possession of Chattanooga on its evacuation after the battle of Chickamauga. Col. Lennard was assigned as provost-marshal and the regiment was placed on duty as provost guard. It was in the battle of Missionary ridge and was then assigned to the 2nd division (Sheridan's), 4th corps, which formed a part of the column sent to the relief of Burnside at Knoxville. The regiment reenlisted Jan. 1, 1864, and was furloughed home in March. It rejoined the 4th corps May 5, and took part in the Atlanta campaign, being engaged at Rocky Face ridge, Resaca, where Col. Lennard was mortally wounded, Adairsville, Allatoona, New Hope Church, where it suffered severely, and in the heavy skirmishes about Kennesaw mountain. In the assault of June 27 it formed the skirmish line in front of the assaulting column of the 4th corps; was on the skirmish line at Peachtree creek; was then in the trenches before Atlanta until Aug. 25, and was engaged at Jonesboro. It accompanied its division to Chattanooga, took part in driving Hood into Alabama, and was with Thomas' army which resisted the enemy's invasion of Tennessee. It was engaged at Franklin, with heavy loss, especially in prisoners, and was in the battle of Nashville, after which it moved to Huntsville, Ala., in pursuit of Hood, remaining there until spring. It moved into Tennessee in April, 1865, proceeding from Bull's gap to Nashville, in July was transferred to Texas, being stationed at Port Lavaca, and was mustered out Dec. 14, 1865. Its original strength was 973; gain by recruits, 464; reenlistments 215; total, 1,652.

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

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