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69th Indiana Infantry
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
69th 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
69th 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-ninth Indiana Infantry. — Cols., William A. Bickle, Thomas W. Bennett; Lieut. -Cols., Job Stout, Oran Perry; Majs., Thomas S. Walterhouse, John H. Finley, George H. Bonebrake. This regiment was organized at Richmond and was mustered in Aug. 19, 1862. It left the state the next day for Richmond, Ky., and was engaged in the battle near that place on the 30th, where Kirby Smith's forces captured it almost to a man, after it had lost 218 in killed and wounded. The regiment was paroled and in November was exchanged, leaving Nov. 27 for Memphis. It was with Sheldon's brigade of Morgan's division on the Vicksburg expedition in December, and participated in the assault at Chickasaw bluffs. It was engaged at Arkansas Post, and after the capture of that place proceeded to Young's point, where over 100 men died of disease. It moved to Milliken's bend in the latter part of February and on March 30, was the advance regiment in the movement of Grant's army against Vicksburg. It dislodged a force at Roundaway bayou, and aided in building bridges at Richmond, La., 2,000 feet being constructed in three days, thus completing a military road across the Peninsula from the river above Vicksburg to the river 40 miles below. It was engaged at Port Gibson, losing 71 in killed and wounded, at Champion's hill, and in the assault at Black River bridge. It moved to the rear of Vicksburg, was engaged in the siege and in the assault of May 22, and was stationed at the Black river bridge, holding Johnston's forces in check until Vicksburg's fall. The regiment was in Osterhaus' division, which opened all the engagements prior to the investment of Vicksburg. The 69th was in constant skirmish in the advance on Jackson and was actively engaged during the six days' siege. It was sent to Port Hudson in August; was in the Teche expedition with Gen. Franklin; moved to Texas in November, landing at Matagorda Bay; sailed for Indianola Feb. 13, 1864, and returned to Matagorda island on Mar. 13. It returned to Louisiana in April; joined Banks' retreating army near Alexandria; participated in the fight near that place, and in the retreat supported Lucas cavalry in covering the rear of the army. It was in camp at Morganza until December and engaged in several minor expeditions. It moved for Dauphin island, Mobile bay, on Dec. 7, and on the 14th joined the Pascagoula expedition. The regiment was consolidated into a battalion of four companies Jan. 23, 1865, with Lieut. -Col. Perry in command, and embarked a few days later for Barrancas, Fla., whence it moved to Pensacola on Mar. 14, and on the 20th accompanied Steele through Florida and southern Alabama. It engaged in the assault at Fort Blakely, and guarded prisoners to Ship island. It then moved to Selma, Ala., where it remained until May 3, when it returned to Mobile and was mustered out July 5, 1865. The original strength was 1,002; gain by recruits, 98; total, 1,100.

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

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