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in the American Civil War
Indiana Light Battery Officer Roster - Report of the Adjutant General
of the State of Indiana, Volume 3, by W.H.H. Terrell, Adjutant General, Indiana, 1866 View Entire Book
Indiana Light Battery Soldier Roster - Report of the Adjutant General
of the State of Indiana, Volume 7, by W.H.H. Terrell, Adjutant General, Indiana, 1867 View Entire Book
|Sixth Indiana Light Battery. Capts., Frederick Behr, Michael
Mueller. This battery was recruited at Evansville and organized at Indianapolis in Sept.,
1861. It was mustered in Sept. 7, and left the state Oct. 21 for Henderson, Ky., moving
thence to Calhoun, South Carrollton and Owensboro. In the spring of 1862 it joined Gen.
Sherman's command at Paducah, moved up the Tennessee river to Pittsburg landing, where it
occupied a position at the Owl creek bridge on the Purdy road when the battle of Shiloh
opened. It held the place for over 2 hours, supported by McDowell's brigade, but was
forced to retire. During this movement Capt. Behr was killed, and in the momentary
confusion the enemy pressed forward, captured most of the guns and killed 68 horses.
Moving with the army upon Corinth, it was engaged May 28, in a sharp fight, taking
position on a hill and driving the enemy from a strong position, demolishing a blockhouse
and enabling the supporting brigade to take and hold the ground. After Corinth's
evacuation it moved to Holly Springs, Miss., thence to Memphis, where it was stationed at
Fort Pickering until Nov. 26, when it joined Sherman's forces at the Tallahatchie. It
returned to Lagrange, at which point one section was sent to LaFayette, the other to
Collierville, Tenn. The following June the battery marched to Memphis and took steamer for
Vicksburg, where it was actively engaged until the surrender of the city. It was engaged
at the Big Black river and took part in the siege of Jackson until its evacuation. At Oak
Ridge, Miss., it was assigned to the 3d brigade, 3d division, 15th corps, and went into
camp at Bear creek. In an expedition to Brownsville in October it shelled the enemy out of
a strong position. It then moved via Vicksburg to Pocahontas and went into camp. A
majority of its members reenlisted as veterans in Jan., 1864. It was then at Black river
bridge until March, when it moved to Vicksburg and Memphis, thence into northern
Mississippi, and was engaged at Guntown in June. Its next battle was that of Tupelo in
July, after which it marched with Smith's command to Oxford, returning the last of August.
The battery was then assigned to duty at Fort Pickering, where it remained until ordered
to Indianapolis and was there mustered out July 22, 1865.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 3