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58th Indiana Infantry
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
58th 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
58th 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-eight Indiana Infantry. — Cols., Henry M. Carr, George P. Buell; Lieut. - Cols., George P. Buell, James T. Embree, Joseph Moore; Majs., James T. Embree, Joseph Moore, William A. Downey. This regiment was organized at Princeton in Oct., 1861, was mustered in Dec. 17, and left the state for Louisville, where it was assigned to Wood's division of Buell's army and marched through central Kentucky, stopping at Bardstown, Lebanon, Spring Garden and Bowling Green. It was at Nashville during March and left for Pittsburg landing Apr. 1, reaching the field of Shiloh on the second day. It was engaged in the siege of Corinth, moved into northern Alabama, then to Nashville, thence reached Louisville Oct. 1, and joined in the pursuit of Bragg's army. In December it marched for Murfreesboro, charged the enemy at Lavergne on the 27th and in the three days' battle at Stone's river it lost 18 killed, 87 wounded and 5 missing. It remained in the vicinity of Murfreesboro until the movement against Tullahoma was commenced. Its brigade was the first to enter Chattanooga, was engaged at Chickamauga, where the regiment lost in killed, wounded and missing, 171 out of the 400 engaged. It then moved into Chattanooga, participated in the battle of Nov. 23, and was with Warner's brigade of Sheridan's division in the assault on Missionary ridge, losing 5 killed and 61 wounded. It made a forced march to the relief of Knoxville, which was besieged by Longstreet's army, and was encamped in the hills of East Tennessee during the winter, without tents or provisions, except such as could be foraged from a poor country. It reenlisted on Jan. 24, 1864 and visited Indiana on furlough in March. On the return to Chattanooga in April, it was assigned to the engineer department for Sherman's army and did all the bridging from Chattanooga to Atlanta, being often under fire. In October 170 veterans and recruits of the 10th Ind. were transferred to the 58th and remained with it while in service. In the division of the army at Atlanta in November the 58th was assigned to the Army of Georgia, composed of the 14th and 20th corps commanded by Gen. Slocum. The regiment did all the bridging and road repairing for that army from Atlanta to Savannah, including the rebuilding of King's bridge, 1,000 feet long, across the Ogeechee river. The non-veterans were mustered out at Savannah, Dec. 31, 1864. The regiment did all the bridging for the army of Georgia from Savannah to Goldsboro, N. C, including a pontoon bridge over the Savannah at Sister's ferry, where the men worked for six days in water from two to four feet deep. In this campaign the regiment made over 16,000 feet of bridges, much of the work being done at night with the enemy in close proximity. The regiment marched from Goldsboro to Washington, D. C, bridging all the streams on the route except the James river. It was transferred to Louisville and mustered out July 25, 1865. Its original strength was 904; gain by recruits, 816; reenlistments, 202; total, 1,922. Loss by death, 262; desertion, 45; unaccounted for, 16.

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

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