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in the American Civil War
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
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
|Seventieth Indiana Infantry. Col., Benjamin Harrison; Lieut.
-Cols., James Burgess, Samuel Merrill; Majs., Samuel C. Vance, Samuel Merrill, Zachariah
S. Ragan. This regiment was organized at Indianapolis and was mustered in Aug. 12, 1862.
It left the state the next day for Bowling Green, Ky., and was the first regiment in the
field in answer to the call of July, 1862. It was engaged in several expeditions, in one
of which, to Russellville, it was engaged with several hundred cavalry, inflicting heavy
losses, capturing 40 horses and many small arms and other equipment. It was attached to
Ward's brigade, Dumont's division, 14th army corps, with which it moved to Scottsville,
Ky., and thence to Gallatin, Tenn. It was engaged in guard duty on the Louisville &
Nashville railroad until Feb. 9, 1863, and was then on camp and provost duty until June 1,
when it moved to Lavergne. On June 30 it marched to Murfreesboro, where it was assigned to
the 2nd brigade, 3d division, Granger's reserve corps, and moved to Nashville Aug. 19,
being engaged in guarding trains to various points and on picket and fatigue duty. On Jan.
2, 1864, it was transferred to the 1st brigade, 1st division, 11th corps, Col. Harrison
being assigned to the brigade command. It moved to Wauhatchie in February and on the
organization of the 20th corps it was assigned to the 1st brigade, 3d division. It took
part in the Atlanta campaign and at Resaca captured a fort and 4 Napoleon guns. In this
campaign it lost 41 killed, 43 died of wounds and 191 were wounded. The reenlisted
veterans and recruits of the 27th Ind. were consolidated with the 70th on Nov. 5. and
participated with the regiment in the Georgia and Carolina campaign, resting at Raleigh.
The regiment marched to Richmond and thence to Washington city, where it was mustered out
June 8, 1865, the remaining recruits being transferred to the 33d regiment. The original
strength of the 70th was 1,012; gain by recruits, 358; total, 1,370. Loss by death, 195;
desertion, 39; unaccounted for, 27.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 3