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6th Indiana Infantry Reorganized
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
6th Indiana Infantry Reorganized 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

6th Indiana Infantry Reorganized Soldier Roster - Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana, Volume 4, by W.H.H. Terrell, Adjutant General, Indiana, 1866    View Entire Book

Regimental History
Sixth Indiana Infantry (Reorganized). — Cols., Thomas T. Crittenden, Philemon P. Baldwin, Hagerman Tripp; Lieut. -Cols., Hiram Prather, Hagerman Tripp, Calvin D. Campbell; Majs., Augustus H. Abbett, Calvin D. Campbell, Samuel F. McKeehan, Delaney Kavanaugh. This regiment was mustered in at Madison, Sept. 20, 1861, for three years, and left the state the same day. At this time it numbered about 500, being un-uniformed and hastily provided with arms. The rumors of Morgan's invasion of the state, through Kentucky, led Col. Crittenden to request that it be sent to Louisville to aid in repelling such an advance, and it was the first northern troop to enter Kentucky. It went to Louisville, thence to Muldraugh's hill, near Elizabethtown, and later was transferred to Nolin creek. On Oct. 9, it was joined by 300 recruits from Madison, bringing its strength to about 800, and was assigned to Rousseau's brigade of McCook's division. It moved to Bowling Green, where it remained until March, 1862; was then ordered to Nashville, and thence to Savannah, Tenn., where a steamer was taken for Pittsburg landing. It was engaged during the second day's fight at Shiloh, saving a battery from capture at a critical moment and making a charge that aided very materially in turning the tide of battle for a Union victory. It lost in this engagement 43 in killed and wounded. It camped on the field until the beginning of the march for and siege of Corinth, in which it participated. Just before the fall of Corinth Col. Crittenden was appointed brigadier-general, Lieut- Col. Prather resigned, Capt. Baldwin was elected colonel, and Capt. Tripp, lieutenant-colonel. It proceeded to Nashville with Buell's army and thence to Louisville, Ky., which was reached Oct. 2, 1862. It participated in Rosecrans' march upon Murfreesboro, being in an all day's skirmish on Dec. 25, and took part in the battle of Stone's river, where 3 of its color-bearers were shot and the regiment fell back with its brigade to escape annihilation, but reformed and aided in driving the enemy back some hours later. It was engaged in campaigning between Murfreesboro and Chattanooga during the spring and summer of 1863, being in a sharp engagement at Liberty gap during the movement towards Tullahoma in June. In the battle of Chickamauga it was thrown into the breach at noon of the first day's fighting, participated in two successful charges during the afternoon, in the grand charge the same night- when Col. Baldwin was killed and Lieut. -Col. Tripp severely wounded, and held its ground under a heavy fire all of the second day. It was in the skirmish at Brown's ferry, and took part in the engagement at Missionary ridge, after which it moved to the relief of Gen. Burnside in eastern Tennessee and remained there until spring. It joined Sherman's movement towards Atlanta, in 1864, being in the battles of Tunnel Hill, Buzzard Roost, Rocky Face ridge, Resaca, New Hope Church, Allatoona Ridge, Dallas, Kennesaw mountain, Marietta, and before Atlanta. Its term of service expired in August and the reenlisted veterans and recruits whose term of service had not expired, were transferred to the 68th Ind. infantry. The regiment was mustered out Sept. 22, 1864. On the final muster-out of the 68th, 19 men of the 6th were found to be still in service and were transferred to the 44th Ind., being mustered out with that regiment Sept. 14, 1865. The strength of the three months regiment was 781 ; and the loss by death 3, by desertion 8. The original strength of the three years regiment was 996. It gained by recruits 113, and by unassigned recruits 9; total 1,118. Loss by death 253; by desertion 48 ; unaccounted for 10.

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

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