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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
|Seventy-fourth Indiana Infantry. Cols., Charles W. Chapman, Myron
Baker, Thomas Morgan; Lieut. -Cols., Samuel Keefer, Myron Baker, Thomas Morgan, Charles B.
Mann; Majs., Myron Baker, Thomas Morgan, Charles B. Mann, William B. Jacobs. Eight
companies of this regiment were organized at Fort Wayne in August, 1862, and were mustered
in at Indianapolis Aug. 21, leaving the state at once for Louisville and proceeding thence
to Bowling Green. They returned to Louisville Sept. 5, and were assigned to the 2nd
brigade, 1st division, Army of the Ohio, and joined in pursuit of Bragg. They reached
Gallatin, Tenn., Nov. 10, and moved thence to Castalian Springs, where they were joined by
Cos. C and K on Dec. 4, making the organization complete. These companies had been left at
Indianapolis to fill up their ranks and left the state, Aug. 27, to join the regiment, but
were stopped at Munfordville to assist in the defense of that place. They were in a
skirmish with Bragg's advance, Sept. 14, and took part in the general engagement that
followed, being surrendered with the forces on the 17th, but were paroled and on Nov. 17
were exchanged. The regiment aided in driving Morgan's forces across the Cumberland at
Hartsville, and later overhauled Morgan at Salt river, the brigade driving him across the
Rolling fork. The regiment was assigned to the 2nd brigade, 3d division, 14th corps, and
moved on Jan. 13, 1863, from Gallatin to Nashville, thence to Lavergne, remaining there
until June 3, when it moved to Triune. It then marched on the campaign against Tullahoma
and skirmished at Hoover's gap. Moving from Tullahoma in August, it participated in the
campaign against Chattanooga, crossed the Tennessee, and was in a skirmish at Dug gap. It
was one of the first regiments engaged at Chickamauga and was one of the last to leave the
field. Its loss was 20 killed, 129 wounded and 11 missing. It reached Chattanooga on Sept.
22; was in action constantly during that siege and in the victorious assault at Missionary
ridge ; pursued the enemy as far as Ringgold, Ga., returned to Chattanooga and was
transferred to the 3d brigade, 3d division, 14th corps; moved with Sherman's army in the
Atlanta campaign, and was engaged almost daily in skirmishing and in the battles at
Dallas, Kennesaw, Lost mountain, Peachtree creek, and numerous minor engagements about
Atlanta. Lieut. -Col. Baker, in command, was killed in front of Atlanta Aug. 5. At
Jonesboro the brigade carried the works, capturing 4 pieces of artillery and over 700 men.
The 74th lost 13 killed and 40 wounded in this affair, most of the latter dying later of
their wounds. With the corps, it was in pursuit of Hood's army in October, and then joined
in the march to Savannah, the regiment engaging in a skirmish with Wheeler's cavalry at
Rocky Creek Church. From Savannah it passed through Georgia and the Carolinas to Raleigh,
thence to Washington City. The original strength was 942; gain by recruits, 215; total,
1,157. Loss by death, 260; desertion, 25; unaccounted for, 4.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 3