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in the American Civil War
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
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
|Ninth Indiana Light Battery. Capts., Noah S. Thompson, George R.
Brown. This battery was organized at Indianapolis in Dec, 1861, and was mustered in Dec.
20. It left the state Jan. 27, 1862, reporting to Gen. Paine at Cairo. Owing to
informalities in the original muster, the battery was remustered into service on Feb. 25.
On March 27 it moved to Crump's landing and joined Gen. Lew Wallace's division, with which
it reached the battle-field of Shiloh just at the close of the first day's battle. Moving
into position on the right, it opened fire at daylight the next morning, the first to
commence in the Union lines, following the enemy nearly a mile as he retired. It kept up a
continuous fire until 4 p. m., firing 1,152 rounds and sustaining a loss of 1 killed, 5
wounded, and 5 horses killed. It formed a part of the force in the siege at Corinth,
serving with Wallace's division in the reserve. At Bolivar it was detached and assigned to
the right wing of the 13th corps, remaining at Bolivar until the following November.
Lieut. Brown took command on the retirement of Capt. Thompson in August. It moved with
Grant's army to Holly Springs, thence to Oxford and the Yockeney river. Retracing its
steps with the army, it was detached at the crossing of the Tallahatchie river; remained
there until Jan. 20, 1863, when it moved to Moscow, Tenn. ; marched from there to
Collierville, thence to Memphis; was immediately ordered to Columbus, Ky., whence it
embarked for Cape Girardeau, Mo., to reinforce Gen. McNeil, then engaged with Gen.
Marmaduke. Reaching there too late to take part, it returned to Columbus, where it
remained on duty until July 10, when it joined Waring's brigade at Clinton, in a campaign
against Roddey's forces. It then moved to Union City, Tenn., where it remained until Dec.
20, when it joined Gen. Smith's division in pursuit of Forrest. It was then at Union City
until Jan. 23, 1864, when it moved to Columbus and embarked for Vicksburg. Attached to
Moore's brigade, Smith's division, 16th corps, it took part in the Meridian expedition,
being in an engagement near Queen's hill and in constant skirmishing until it reached
Jackson. At Meridian it assisted in the destruction of the town and railroad, then moved
to Marion, thence to the Pearl river and Canton, marching from there to Vicksburg, where
32 of the men reenlisted as veterans. It took part in the Red River expedition and then
remained at Alexandria, until March 21, when it marched to Henderson's hill where the
garrison was captured. It remained inactive at Cotile landing until April 2, when it moved
to Grand Ecore. In the action at Pleasant Hill it captured 2 guns. On the 20th it moved to
Natchitoches and took up the line of March toward Alexandria, covering the rear of the
retreating army and engaging in skirmishes at Cloutierville, Cane river, Cotile landing
and the crossing of the Bayou Rapides Alexandria was reached on the 26th and on May 7 the
battery was in a skirmish at Bayou Boeuf. It was next engaged on the prairie between
Marksville and Mansura and the following day played a conspicuous part in the battle at
Yellow bayou. Returning to Vicksburg, it proceeded up the river to Lake Chicot, where it
fought the enemy under Marmaduke, defeating him and raising the blockade at Columbia. On
June 9 the veterans were furloughed home, and the detachment left behind moved into
northern Mississippi and participated in the battle of Tupelo. The battery came together
at Memphis during the month, remaining until Aug. 8, when it joined the pursuit of
Forrest, going as far as Oxford, returning to Memphis until Sept. 8, when it proceeded to
Jefferson barracks at St. Louis. On Oct. 2, it started with Smith's command in pursuit of
Price, following him to the Kansas border. The battery then remained at St. Louis until
Nov. 25, when it moved to Nashville and was engaged in the battle before that city Dec.
15-16, following Hood's retreating army as far as Clifton, then proceeding to Eastport,
Miss. Ordered to Indianapolis for the muster-out of the non-veterans and the
reorganization of the battery, it boarded the steamer Eclipse, Jan. 26, 1865. At Paducah
on the following morning, the steamer's boiler exploded, setting fire to the vessel, which
was consumed. Of the 70 men and officers of the battery on board, 30 were killed or died
of their wounds, and but 10 escaped injury. The wounded were sent to the general hospital
at Evansville and the uninjured and those but slightly injured proceeded to Indianapolis,
where the non-veterans were mustered out March 6, 1865. The veterans and recruits were
ordered to Camp Butler, Ill., remaining there until June, when they were ordered to
Indianapolis and mustered out June 26, 1865.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 3