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in the American Civil War
|Sixty-first Indiana Infantry. Authority was given Bernard F.
Mullen to organize this regiment, to be known as the 2nd Irish regiment, during the winter
of 1861-62. The recruits were first rendezvoused at Madison, later being transferred to
Terre Haute and Indianapolis to guard the Fort Donelson prisoners. The attempt to raise
the regiment was a failure and on May 22, 1862, the enlisted men and a few officers were
transferred to the 35th Ind., serving with that regiment during its term of service.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 3