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6th Indiana Light Battery
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
6th 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
6th 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

Regimental History
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

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