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88th Indiana Infantry
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
88th 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
88th 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-eighth Indiana Infantry. — Cols., George Humphrey, Cyrus E. Briant; Lieut. -Cols., Hiram S. Tousley, Cyrus E. Briant, George W. Stough, Lewis J. Blair; Majs., James C. Bodley, George W. Stough, Lewis J. Blair, Joseph E. Webster, William N. Voris. This regiment was organized at Fort Wayne and was mustered in Aug. 29, 1862. It left the state the same day for Louisville, where it was placed in position for the defense of the city against Kirby Smith's army. It remained until Oct. 1, when it was assigned to the 17th brigade, Rousseau's division, and accompanied the army in pursuit of Bragg. In the battle of Perryville its brigade formed the right of the division against which the enemy directed his most determined assault, and the loss was consequently great, but the line was held and the regiment received compliments from its commander. Pursuing as far as Crab Orchard, it returned, moving to Nashville, via Lebanon and Turee Springs. On the reorganization of the army in November, the 88th was assigned to the 2nd brigade, 1st division, Army of the Cumberland. It participated in the battle of Stone's river, and was severely engaged while moving with its division to the support of the right at a critical moment, the enemy's seeming victory being met with a leaden hail before which his ranks crumbled. On the evening of Jan. 3, 1863, the brigade drove the enemy from cover in the final charge, carrying his works. The regiment went into camp at Murfreesboro until June 24, when it joined the forward movement and engaged the enemy at Hoover's gap, Tullahoma, Hillsboro and Elk river. Crossing the Cumberland, Sand and Lookout ranges, it was in a heavy engagement at Dug gap, Ga., and was in the movement that resulted in the battle of Chickamauga, its division advancing upon a force of the enemy and taking many prisoners, but was forced back by overwhelming numbers. The corps fought bravely against repeated assaults for two days, and acted as the rear-guard when the army fell back towards Chattanooga. The regiment was with Gen. Hooker in the great "battle above the clouds" on Lookout mountain, and the following day was engaged in the charge on Missionary ridge, being among the first to plant a flag on the works. It was then engaged at Graysville and Ringgold and aided in capturing a battery. It was part of the force that took possession of Tunnel Hill, Ga., in Feb., 1864, and moved with Sherman's army in May, participating at Buzzard Roost, Resaca, Dallas, Kennesaw mountain, Peachtree creek, and the many movements and skirmishes of the campaign which brought the army to the gates of Atlanta in July. It was in the battle of Atlanta, July 22; fought at Utoy creek, and entered the city at the evacuation. It moved in the pursuit of Hood in October, marching 300 miles, and returning Nov. 12, joined the movement for Savannah. It crossed the Savannah river Jan. 26, 1865, and moved into South Carolina, destroying railroad tracks and engaging in various movements. It moved by way of Averasboro, was engaged at Bentonville, and reached Goldsboro Mar. 22. From there it moved to the Cape Fear river, thence to Richmond, and then to Washington, D. C, where it was mustered out June 7. The original strength was 951; gain by recruits, 180; total, 1,131. Loss by death, 208; desertion, 36; unaccounted for, 8.

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

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