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97th Indiana Infantry
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
97th 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
97th 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
Ninety-seventh Indiana Infantry. — Cols., Robert F. Catterson, Aden G. Cavens; Lieut. -Cols., Aden G. Cavens, John Fields; Majs., William H. Schlater, David Shelby, John Fields, James Holdson. This regiment was organized at Terre Haute, was mustered in Sept. 20, 1862, and left the state soon after for Memphis, where it was assigned to the 3d brigade, 1st division, 17th army corps. It accompanied the overland movement towards Vicksburg and returned to Moscow after the Holly Springs disaster. Later it joined Sherman's army in the rear of Vicksburg, watching the movements of Johnston's army which was threatening the investing lines. After Vicksburg's fall it took part in the investment of Jackson, then moved to Memphis in September, and in October entered Tuscumbia, Ala., with Rosecrans' army. Moving into Tennessee it was engaged in the battle of Chattanooga, then accompanied the army to the relief of Burnside in eastern Tennessee, and returned with its corps to Scottsboro, Ala., where it passed the winter. In May, 1864, as a part of the 3d brigade, 4th division, 15th army corps, it moved in the Atlanta campaign. It was engaged at Resaca, Dallas, New Hope Church, Big Shanty, in the assault at Kennesaw mountain, and in the battle before Atlanta, July 22. Logan's (15th) corps formed the extreme right on the 28th against which a fierce assault was made and repulsed, the 97th being conspicuously engaged. It was in the battles of Jonesboro and Lovejoy's Station, and encamped at East Point until Oct. 3, when it took part in the pursuit of Hood, being engaged at Little river, Ga., and then returned to its old camp. On the march to Savannah it participated in a fight at Griswoldville where it repulsed a large body of the enemy, and was again engaged at Little Ogeechee river. After resting for a time at Savannah, it marched with the army through the Carolinas, being in the engagements at Columbia, S. C, and Bentonville, N. C. It then moved to Goldsboro, thence to Richmond, and finally to Washington, D. C, where it was mustered out June 9, 1865. The original strength was 876; gain by recruits, 26; total, 902. Loss by death, 230; desertion, 33; unaccounted for, 2.

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

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