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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.
- Attached to the 5th Brigade, District of Memphis, Tennessee, of the 13th Army Corps (Old). Department of the Tennessee, November, 1862.
- Attached to the 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, District of Memphis, of the 13th Army Corps, to December, 1862.
- Attached to the 3rd Brigade, 8th Division, of the16th Army Corps, to April, 1863.
- Attached to the 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, of the 15th Army Corps, to December, 1863.
- Attached to the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, of the 16th Army Corps, to December, 1864.
- Attached to the 1st Brigade, 1st Division (Detachment), of the Army of the Tennessee, Dept. of the Cumberland, to February, 1865.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- History - Indiana Infantry (Part 7)
Civil War Archives: Union Regimental Histories - Indiana This is where I found the list of movements of the 93rd Indiana Infantry.
- Civil War Index - 93rd Indiana Infantry
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing Company, 1908 - Volume 3
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© 2011 Virginia Allain
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anonymous on June 10, 2012:
@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.
anonymous on June 04, 2012:
@Virginia Allain: I would love to send them to me and I will put them on the front page
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on June 04, 2012:
@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.
anonymous on June 04, 2012:
@anonymous: If you go to my site you will see several web pages that has information about my Kellems and Andersonville. http://tiemanspast.homestead.com/TIEMAN-AND-TIEMAN...
I am sure you will enjoy it. You can download what ever you want by copy, paste. Ed
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on June 03, 2012:
@anonymous: I'm so glad you are progressing with your research on your Civil War ancestors. Congratulations!
anonymous on June 03, 2012:
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.
anonymous on April 04, 2012:
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.
Tony Payne from Southampton, UK on March 04, 2012:
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.
Rose Jones on October 23, 2011:
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.
CruiseReady from East Central Florida on October 23, 2011:
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.
Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on October 22, 2011:
Wow, you really have a comprehensive look at your ancestor's travels and battles. Great job.
Don Wilson from Yakima, WA on October 22, 2011:
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.
Diane Cass from New York on October 22, 2011:
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.