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in the American Civil War
Indiana Infantry 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 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-sixth Indiana Infantry. Col., James Gavin; Lieut. -Col.,
John T. Wilder; Maj., Samuel W. Elliott. This regiment was organized in July, 1862, as a
30-day regiment and was mustered in July 20. The purpose of its organization was for
repelling guerrilla raids. A band of guerrillas had crossed the Ohio at Newburg, and
captured about 80 convalescent soldiers in the hospital, together with some state arms and
other property. Col. Gavin and Lieut. -Col. Wilder, who were at their homes at the time,
proposed raising a regiment for 30 days for the purpose of clearing that part of the state
of these lawless bands. Their proposition was accepted and in 48 hours time the 76th had
been raised, mustered and equipped. It moved to Evansville, Ind., and Henderson, Ky.,
having several severe skirmishes with guerrillas. Cos. G and H were employed as guards to
protect steamers. Its strength was 786, and its loss by death, 1.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 3