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63rd Indiana Infantry
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
63rd 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
63rd Indiana Infantry Soldier Roster - Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana, Volume 6, by W.H.H. Terrell, Adjutant General, Indiana, 1866 View Entire Book

Regimental History
Sixty-third Indiana Infantry. — Cols., John S. Williams, James McManomy, Israel N. Stiles; Lieut. -Cols., John S. Williams, James McManomy, Israel N. Stiles; Majs., Henry Tindall, James E. Patterson, Frank Wilcox, Jonathan Birch. Cos. A, B, C and D of this regiment were organized at Covington in Jan., 1862, and were ordered to Lafayette to guard a detachment of Confederate prisoners there, being formed into a battalion with John S. Williams as lieutenant-colonel. Soon after it was transferred to Camp Morton at Indianapolis for similar duty. It was ordered east on May 27, and was engaged at the second battle of Bull Run. It then returned to Indianapolis, where the regiment was completed and mustered in Oct. 3, 1862. Cos E, F, G and I were detached for provost guard duty, and the other six companies left the state Dec. 25, for Shepherdsville, Ky., where they were engaged in railroad guard duty until Jan., 1864, being in several skirmishes. About the middle of Jan., 1864, the regiment came together at Camp Nelson, Ky., and left there on Feb. 25 for Knoxville, Tenn. It left the latter place for Mossy creek on March 16, marched from there for Bull's gap, where it was assigned to the 2nd brigade, 3d division, 23d army corps, and moved toward Jonesboro on Apr. 23, marching 100 miles in four days, and burning the bridges and destroying the tracks of the Tennessee & Virginia railroad for many miles. It effected a junction with Sherman's army at Red Clay, Ga., May 4; was engaged at Rocky Face ridge and Resaca. At the latter place the brigade, with the 63d in the front line, charged across an open field, more than half a mile in extent, under terrific fire and took a portion of the enemy's works, its loss being 18 killed and 94 wounded. It overtook the enemy at Cassville and drove him all the following day. It took position at Dallas, where it lay in intrenchments until June 1, under the fire of three batteries, and was in line of battle from June 3 to 6. It was then in reserve until the 15th, when it again took the front line near Lost mountain. It was under fire at the Kennesaw line, crossed Nose's creek under a heavy fire, and was then in intrenchments until July 1. It reached Atlanta July 20 and was in the engagement of the 22nd. It was in various movements about Atlanta until Sept. 5 and then moved to Decatur, where it remained until Oct. 4, when it joined the force sent to intercept Hood. From Dalton it marched to Nashville and Pulaski and then fell back before Hood's advance, being engaged daily. It participated in the battle of Franklin, repulsing repeated assaults; was also at the battle of Nashville; joined in the pursuit of Hood as far as the Tennessee river; moved on Jan. 16, 1865, for Alexandria, Va., and sailed from there on Feb. 3, for Fort Fisher, N. C. It participated in the unsuccessful attempts to turn Hoke's position and was engaged at Fort Anderson, pursuing the retreating enemy to Town creek. The regiment then moved into Wilmington and from there marched to Kinston, which place was reached on March 12. It left on the 20th for Goldsboro, moved to Raleigh on April 10, and to Greensboro May 5. Cos. A, B, C and D were mustered out at Indianapolis May 20, 1865, and the remaining companies were mustered out June 21. The original strength of the regiment was 872; gain by recruits, 373; total, 1,245. Loss by death, 184; desertion, 47; unaccounted for, 14.

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

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