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86th Indiana Infantry
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
86th 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
86th 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

Regimental History
Eighty-sixth Indiana Infantry. — Cols., Orville S. Hamilton, George F. Dick; Lieut. -Cols., Dixon Fleming, George F. Dick, Jasper M. Dresser, Jacob C. Dick; Majs., Jasper M. Dresser, Jacob C. Dick, Philip Gemmer. This regiment was organized at Lafayette, was mustered in Sept. 4, 1862, and was hurried to Covington to assist in repelling the threatened invasion of Kirby Smith's forces. It left for Louisville on the 20th, was assigned to the 14th brigade, 5th division, Army of the Ohio, and was in pursuit of Bragg for two months, reaching Nashville Nov. 26. When the Army of the Cumberland was formed the regiment was assigned to the 2nd brigade, 3d division, 21st corps, and in the battle of Stone's river it was on the left wing. It was with the division that saved the right from rout, bringing victory out of defeat, and drove the enemy nearly a mile. It remained at Murfreesboro until the movement was made towards Chattanooga, was actively engaged at Chickamauga, and after the battle was assigned to the 3d brigade, 3d division, 4th corps, with which it was in the storming column at Missionary ridge, the men sweeping up the cliff-like hill and into the works with irresistible force, capturing hundreds of prisoners and 11 pieces of artillery. The regiment passed the winter in east Tennessee on various expeditions and scouting trips, and rejoined its corps near Chattanooga in April, 1864. It moved in the Atlanta campaign and participated at Rocky Face ridge, Resaca, Adairsville, Kingston, Pickett's mills, Kennesaw mountain, Chattahoochee river, Peachtree creek, the siege of and battle at Atlanta, Jonesboro and Lovejoy's Station Sept. 2. It moved towards Chattanooga in pursuit of Hood as far as Gaylesville, when its corps was assigned to Gen. Thomas' command, and it was in the engagements at Franklin and Nashville. It joined in the pursuit as far as Huntsville, Ala., where it remained until Mar. 15, 1865, and then moved to East Tennessee, marching to New Market and Jonesboro, thence to Nashville, which place was reached April 27. It remained in camp at Nashville until June 6, when it was mustered out. The original strength was 958; gain by recruits, 41 ; total, 999. Loss by death, 241 ; desertion, 48; unaccounted for, 1.

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

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