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Following the 93rd Indiana Infantry in the Civil War

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Siege of Vicksburg by Kurz and Allison 1863

Siege of Vicksburg by Kurz and Allison 1863

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

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.

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  • 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.

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.

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.

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© 2011 Virginia Allain

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