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87th Indiana Infantry
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
87th 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
87th 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-seventh Indiana Infantry. — Cols., Kline G. Shryock, Newell Gleason; Lieut. -Cols., Newell Gleason, Thomas Sumner, Edwin P. Hammond; Majs., Thomas Sumner, Edwin P. Hammond, Richard C. Sabin. This regiment was organized at South Bend and was mustered in at Indianapolis Aug. 31, 1862. It left the state the same day for Louisville, where it was assigned to Burbridge's brigade, but was transferred on Oct. 1 to the 3d brigade, 3d division, 14th army corps, and took part in Buell's Kentucky campaign. It was engaged at Springfield and Perryville; encamped near Mitchellville, Tenn., in November, and afterward occupied camps at Tunnel Hill, Pilot Knob and Gallatin. On Jan. 29, 1863, it moved to the south of Nashville and was engaged in a skirmish at Chapel Hill. Col. Shryock resigned on Mar. 28, and Lieut. - Col. Gleason was promoted colonel in his place. In June it engaged in the campaign against Tullahoma and was under fire at Hoover's gap. It then marched to the Tennessee river; participated in the movement against Chattanooga; took a conspicuous part at Chickamauga, where it lost 40 killed, 142 wounded, and 8 missing, over half its numbers engaged; and was in Chattanooga during the siege. On the reorganization of the Army of the Cumberland, it formed a part of the 2nd brigade, 3d division, 14th corps. It was in the front line in the storming of Missionary ridge and joined the pursuit of the enemy to Ringgold; participated in the expedition against Dalton, and was in a skirmish at Buzzard Roost. It was in camp at Ringgold until May 7, when it joined the Atlanta movement and participated at Rocky Face ridge, Resaca, Cassville, Dallas, Kennesaw mountain, Peachtree creek, the engagements at Atlanta, Utoy creek, and Jonesboro. It was in camp at Atlanta until October, and then took part in the pursuit of Hood through northern Georgia, marching as far as Gaylesville, Ala. It then returned to Atlanta and left on Nov. 16 with the 14th corps for Milledgeville. It was in a skirmish with Wheeler's cavalry near Sandersville and again near Waynesboro. Upon reaching Savannah it took part in the siege, remained there until Jan. 30, 1865, when it joined the movement through the Carolinas. It reached Goldsboro with the army, remaining in camp there until April 10, 1865. It took part in the capture of Smithville, and from there it proceeded to Raleigh, thence to Holly Springs, and after the surrender of Johnston marched to Richmond and then to Washington, where it participated in the grand review. It was mustered out at Washington June 10, 1865, and the recruits were transferred to the 42d Ind. serving with that regiment until its muster out in July. The original strength of the 87th was 945; gain by recruits, 302; total, 1,247. Loss by death, 268; desertion, 29; unaccounted for, 7.

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

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