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7th Indiana Light Battery
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
7th 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
7th 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
Seventh Indiana Light Battery. — Capts., Samuel J. Harris, George R. Swallow, Otho H. Morgan, William Stokes. This battery was organized at Indianapolis in Nov., 1861, and was mustered in Dec. 2. It was ordered to Louisville, where it was assigned to Nelson's division of Buell's army, with which it moved to Nashville, just after the evacuation in Feb., 1862. From there it moved to Pittsburg landing, but arrived too late to take part in the battle of Shiloh. Capt. Harris resigned and Lieut. Swallow was promoted captain. The battery was actively engaged in the siege of Corinth, and after its evacuation moved to Huntsville, Ala., where it spent the summer. It then joined in the pursuit of Bragg to Louisville, thence to Perryville, taking part in that engagement, and then returned to Nashville. It was assigned to the 3d division, with which it took part in the three days' battle at Stone's river, rendering efficient aid in the severe fighting and receiving the division commander's compliments. It remained in camp near Murfreesboro until the movement toward Chattanooga in June, 1863. It was engaged at Chickamauga, fought at Missionary ridge, and took position in the fortifications after the battle. In Jan., 1864, a majority of its members reenlisted as veterans and were furloughed home. Upon their return the battery moved with Sherman's army in the Atlanta campaign reaching Ringgold, Ga., May 2. Capt. Swallow being made major of the 10th Ind. cavalry, Lieut. Morgan was promoted to the captaincy. The battery took part in all the skirmishes and battles of the Atlanta campaign, after which it returned to Chattanooga, where it was assigned to duty as a stationed battery and remained there until the muster-out of the original officers and non-veterans on Dec. 7, 1864, leaving 117 veterans and recruits without a commanding officer. The 8th Ind. battery was consolidated with it on March 13, 1865, Lieut. William Stokes of the 8th being commissioned captain of the new organization, which was designated as the 7th battery. Twenty-four veterans from the 5th Ind. battery were added to its numbers on April 5. The battery was stationed at Chattanooga until ordered to Indianapolis, where it was mustered out July 20, 1865, with 3 officers and 183 men present, representing three commands — the 5th, 7th and 8th batteries.

Footnotes:
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing Company, 1908 - Volume 3

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