Following the 93rd Indiana Infantry in the Civil War

Updated on November 21, 2019
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In researching my Civil War ancestor, I became fascinated by all aspects of that war. If you're a Civil War buff, check out my topics.

Siege of Vicksburg by Kurz and Allison 1863
Siege of Vicksburg by Kurz and Allison 1863 | Source

Tracking My Great-Great-Grandfather's Civil War Regiment

In trying to understand my ancestor's experience in the Civil War, I'm mapping out the movements and battles of the 93rd Indiana Infantry. Abraham Bates Tower was a private with Company G of the 93rd.

Follow along with me as I try to visualize the many miles the 93rd Indiana Volunteer Infantry marched as the Civil War unfolded. In some cases, the troops were transported by train. In journals, they would mention riding on "the cars," which meant railcars. They also were transported on steamships, but much of it was marching on their own two feet.

Locations for the 93rd Indiana Infantry (in Chronological Order)

  • Madison, Indiana
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • New Albany, Indiana
  • Leopold, Indiana
  • Cannelton, Indiana
  • Bridgeport, Indiana
  • Corinth, Mississippi
  • Memphis, Tennessee

August 16 to October 31, 1862

The 93rd Infantry was organized at Madison, Indianapolis, and New Albany, Indiana.

My great-great grandfather was in Company G of the 93rd Indiana Infantry. The residences of the enlisted men of Company G include the towns of Cannelton, Bridgeport, Leopold, Ferdinand, Oregon, Troy, Bird's Eye, Ditney Hill, Down Hill, Foster's Ridge, Fredonia, Bethleham, N. Washington, and New Lexington.

In September 2012, I visited Leopold and Cannelton, Indiana. I found some of the graves of infantrymen who served in Company G. I'll post those photos in another article that I wrote about the individual soldiers.

Brigades the 93rd Indiana Infantry Was Attached To

The 93rd left Indiana November 9, 1862, for Memphis, Tennessee.

  1. Attached to the 5th Brigade, District of Memphis, Tennessee, of the 13th Army Corps (Old). Department of the Tennessee, November, 1862.
  2. Attached to the 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, District of Memphis, of the 13th Army Corps, to December, 1862.
  3. Attached to the 3rd Brigade, 8th Division, of the16th Army Corps, to April, 1863.
  4. Attached to the 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, of the 15th Army Corps, to December, 1863.
  5. Attached to the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, of the 16th Army Corps, to December, 1864.
  6. Attached to the 1st Brigade, 1st Division (Detachment), of the Army of the Tennessee, Dept. of the Cumberland, to February, 1865.
  7. Attached to the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, of the 16th Army Corps (New), Military Division West Mississippi, to August, 1865.

Tallahatchie March: November 26 to December 20, 1862

The 93rd Indiana Infantry served at Lagrange, Tennessee; Corinth, Mississippi; and Memphis, Tennessee, until March 1863. (I've seen "Tallahatchie March" mentioned in a number of Civil War sites, but have not found a good explanation of it yet.)


Early in 1863

  • Moved to Helena, Arkansas on March 13.
  • From there they went to Young's Point, Louisiana.
  • At Ducksport, Louisiana until May 3.

Siege of Vicksburg
Siege of Vicksburg | Source

Onward to Vicksburg

The 93rd Indiana Infantry moved to join the army in rear of Vicksburg, Mississippi. They approached by way of Richmond and Grand Gulf, May 3-14.

  • Mississippi Springs, May 13.
  • Jackson, May 14.
  • Siege of Vicksburg, May 18 to July 4, 1863.

Mechanicsburg and Jackson, Mississippi: May 26 to July 17, 1863

  • Expedition to Mechanicsburg, Mississippi, May 26-June 4
  • Advance on Jackson, Mississippi, July 4-10.
  • Siege of Jackson July 10-17.

Movement up to October 17, 1863

  • Camped at Big Black River until September 5.
  • Then at Oak Ridge until October 14.
  • Expedition to Canton October 14-20.
  • Bogue, Chitto Creek, October 17.

November 1863 to February 1864

  • Moved to Memphis, Tennessee, November 7, 1863, and provost duty there until May 10, 1864.
  • Expedition from Memphis to Wyatt's, Mississipi, February 6-18, 1864.
  • Coldwater Ferry, February 8.
  • Near Senatobia, February 8-9, 1864.

Soldiers worked together to construct shelter while in winter camp. The roads were generally too muddy to move troops and artillery during the winter. This is an example of winter camp shelter.
Soldiers worked together to construct shelter while in winter camp. The roads were generally too muddy to move troops and artillery during the winter. This is an example of winter camp shelter. | Source

February to June 1864

  • Wyatt's, Mississippi, February 13. (This doesn't show up on Google's map, so I need to find out more about where it was)
  • Sturgis' Expedition to Ripley, Mississippi, April 30-May 9.
  • Sturgis' Expedition to Guntown, Miss., June 1-13.

One of the informational displays at the battle site at Brice's Crossroads.
One of the informational displays at the battle site at Brice's Crossroads. | Source

Battle of Brice's Crossroad and Nathan Bedford Forrest

The 93rd Indiana Infantry fought in the Battle of Brice's Cross Roads or Tishomingo Creek near Guntown on June 10, 1864. Forrest won the battle for the South, overcoming a larger Union force. This is the battle where my great-great-grandfather, Abraham Bates Tower, was captured. He spent most of the rest of the war in Andersonville Prison in Georgia.

In 2016, I visited the battleground at Brice's Cross Roads. When I saw the creek where the bridge was blocked preventing the retreat of the Union troops, it helped me understand why so many were captured there.

Regimental Histories

Here's where I found the information on the movement of the 93rd Indiana Infantry. In the interest of historical accuracy, I've used almost identical wording from this regimental history in describing the regiment's movement with each map.

© 2011 Virginia Allain

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      8 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: I found several more of others from Crawford Co. that served around 18 now. I have them in my site. Crawford Co. was a busy place during the civil war. There sure is a lot of history there.

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      8 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: I would love to send them to me and I will put them on the front page

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      Virginia Allain 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: Ed - I found your family history and Civil War very interesting. I'd love it if you could put links in for all my 93rd Indiana Infantry and Andersonville pages, so visitors to your page could come see my topics.

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      8 years ago

      @anonymous: If you go to my site you will see several web pages that has information about my Kellems and Andersonville.

      I am sure you will enjoy it. You can download what ever you want by copy, paste. Ed

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      Virginia Allain 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: I'm so glad you are progressing with your research on your Civil War ancestors. Congratulations!

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      8 years ago

      For the past few days I have found out that I had 8 Kellems in the Civil War and only two died in POW Camps.

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      8 years ago

      My great-grandfather, Theophilus Garrett Spurlock, was a private in Company H of the 93rd Indiana Infantry. He was also captured at the battle of Brice's Crossroads and survived Andersonville, being traded on April 1, 1865.

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      Tony Payne 

      8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I have long been fascinated by the Civil War, so this series of yours is always of interest. Nicely done, I hope you manage to find out more information about them. Blessed.

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      Rose Jones 

      8 years ago

      Lovely lens. Your lens are always rich and informative. In come from Missouri which was one of the border states and has different historical sites all across the state. It is amazing to think that brother was turned against brother just a short time ago.

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      8 years ago from East Central Florida

      What a worthwhile lens! We once bought a house that was built by the secon mayor of a small Texas town after he walked back home from the Civil War ... ended up selling it to a couple who were history teachers.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      8 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Wow, you really have a comprehensive look at your ancestor's travels and battles. Great job.

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      Don Wilson 

      8 years ago from Yakima, WA

      As a child, my parents took me on a tour of the Gettysburg battlefield. That was almost 40 years ago, and I still remember parts of the experience.

      More recently, I went to Manassas, VA and visited the Manassas National Battlefield Park with my son. Going to those places helps the history to come alive.

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      Diane Cass 

      8 years ago from New York

      My own ancestors fought in the Civil War. On my father's side, my GG-grandfather changed his name and fought for the Union, though he was from the south. He was captured and spent time in the prisons, much like your ancestor. Ever since watching Ken Burns' documentary "The Civil War", I've wanted to dig into myself. Great job Virginia.


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