Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Eleventh Indiana Infantry.

There is not a lot of information on the 11th., Indiana Infantry, and even harder to find out any information on the men. The 11th. Was a three month services regiment, it was organized and mustered into service at Indianapolis, on the 25th of April 1861, it was put under the command of Colonel Lew Wallace. Now I won’t give the history of this regiments short services. I’m here to tell you the story of thirteen men of this regiment and what happen to them.

It all began on the 26th of June 1861, when thirteen mounted scouts, who were picked from different companies and would be under the command of Corporal David B. Hay. This small group of men headed in the direction of Frankfort on the Romney pike. After their scouting mission and finding no enemy they turned and headed back to camp. On their return they came across forty-one mounted rebels, which they attacked and killed eight and chased the rest for two miles.

Later that afternoon while crossing the Potomac river at Kelly’s island with seventeen captured horses, they were attacked by seventy-five rebels and fell back to a strong position, which they held till dark. When they returned to camp later that evening, they reported their losses, one killed ( J. C. Hollenback ) of Company B., and two wounded ( Corporal David B. Hay ) of Company A., and ( E. P. Thomas ) of Company K.).

The Eleventh head for Harper’s ferry on the 8th of July 1861, after they reached Harper’s ferry orders caught up to them which order them back to Indianapolis which they reached on the 29th of July, they were finely mustered out on 2nd of August 1861. The Eleventh was reorganized and mustered in for three year service on the 31st of August 1861.

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