Conflict, War and Military History in Indiana


The books and articles below are about War and military history in Indiana. See the right column for more info about this website.


Frontier Conflict with Indians

Mexican War

Civil War

Spanish-American War

World War One

Ouiatanon: A Study in Indiana History

Indianapolis: Bowen-Merrill 1893
Craig, Oscar J. Go to Book

An article reprinted into a booklet by the Indiana Historical Society, about the history of Fort Ouiatanon, near Lafayette

Fort Ouiatanon, Indiana history, online books

Indiana Battle Flags and a Record of Indiana Organizations in the Mexican, Civil and Spanish-American Wars

Indianapolis: 1929
Indiana Battle Flag CommissionGo to Book

(title continued) ” … Including the movements of troops in the Civil War, as follows: actions, affairs, attacks, battles, campaigns, defenses, expeditions, marches, movements, raids and reconnoissances”


An Act to Organize and Regulate the Militia of the State of Indiana

Indianapolis, Printed by Douglass and Maguire 1831
Indiana State GovernmentGo to Book
Subtitle: “Passed at the Fifteenth Session of the General Assembly”.

The opening statement of this act required that “…each and every able-bodied white male citizen of the United States, resident in this state, not less than eighteen, nor more than forty-five years of age, [unless excepted or exempted] shall… be enrolled in the militia of the state of Indiana, and [they] shall provide himself with a good rifle, musket or fusee [and ammunition and powder] and [they] shall appear, so armed and equipped, on all days of muster appointed by law…” The Act goes on to describe how the militia will be organized and officered, and how elections will be held for officers. It continues on for nearly 70 pages, covering all aspects of militia operations.

Indiana Militia, Indiana state history, historical documents, online books

Military History in Indiana

Fort Harrison on the Banks of the Wabash, 1812-1912

Terre Haute, IN: Moore-Langen 1912
Scovell, Josiah ThomasGo to Book

This small book was the product of a team of writers working on Terre Haute’s centennial, and the various chapters have different authors. Chapter headings are:

Battle of Fort Harrison
Causes Leading up to Fort Harrison
Captain [Zachary] Taylor’s Report
Zachary Taylor: A Biographical Sketch
Commandants at Fort Harrison
Inmates of Fort Harrison
The Northwest Territory
Distinguished Men at Fort Harrison and Tippecanoe
Terre Haute under Four Flags
The Blue Grass of Fort Harrison Prairie
The Centennial of the Battle of Fort Harrison
Roll of Descendants

Fort Harrison, Battle of Fort Harrison, Northwest Territory, Battle of Tippecanoe, history books online

Frontier Conflict with Indians

The Battle of Tippecanoe: historical sketches of the famous field upon which General William Henry Harrison won renown that aided him in reaching the Presidency …

Chicago: Hammond 1911
Beard, ReedGo to Book

(title continued) “…- Lives of the Prophet and Tecumseh, with many interesting incidents of their rise and overthrow – The campaign of 1888 and election of General Benjamin Harrison”

Chapter headings are:

-The Prophet
-Tecumseh
-The confederacy
-The March to Prophet’s Town
-The Battle
-Incidents of the Battle
-Effect of the Battle
-The Battlefield
-Tippecanoe in Politics
-The Campaign of 1888
-Roll of Companies
-Indian Warrior’s Reflections

Battle of Tippecanoe, William Henry Harrison, Chief Tecumseh, Indian wars, history online

“Indian Captives in Early Indiana”

Indiana Magazine of History Volume 9, Issue 2, 1913, pp 95-112

Bloomington, IN: Indiana University
Esarey, LoganGo to Article

Indian wars, Indian captivities, Indiana history, free online books

“The Battle of Tippecanoe”

Indiana Magazine of History Volume 2, Issue 4, December 1906, pp 163-169

Bloomington: Indiana University
Naylor, Judge IsaacGo to Article

The author was a participant in the battle.

Indiana battles, military history

The Battle of Tippecanoe: Read before the Filson club, November 1, 1897

Louisville: Morton 1900
Pirtle, AlfredGo to Book

The author gives an account of the campaign and battle partly by using extended quotes from military correspondence during the campaign, and also adds some contemporary newspaper accounts of events. He includes throughout the book rolls of killed and wounded, and at the end, rolls of all companies that participated.

Battle of Tippecanoe, William Henry Harrison, Chief Tecumseh, Indian wars, history lectures

A Journal of Two Campaigns of the Fourth Regiment of the U.S. Infantry in the Michigan and Indiana Territories

Keene, NH: 1816
Walker, AdamGo to Book

Subtitle: “under the Command of Col. John P. Boyd, and Lt. Col. James Miller during the years 1811 & 12”.

A detailed account by a soldier in the Fourth Regiment, who appears to have been an enlisted man, beginning with their departure from Philadelphia in late May 1811, and their travel to Vincennes, and then a brutal march through Indiana territory and into battle.

Indian wars, Indiana history, military campaigns, American history


Mexican War

Indiana in the Mexican War

Indianapolis: W. B. Burford 1908
Perry, Oran, comp.Go to Book

The author, Indiana’s Adjutant-General, said that no history had ever been written of Indiana’s participation in the Mexican War, and that there was a myth that Indiana had not acquitted herself well. He found and reproduced here numerous documents to show that Hoosiers responded to the call for volunteers enthusiastically, and they served with distinction. He also included many individual anecdotes and accounts, and added over 100 pages of rolls of companies and men who served.

For a history of the War with Mexico, see also on this site: Bishop, Farnham, Our First War in Mexico in Section 973.6 on U.S. History; 1845 through the Civil War

Mexican War, Indiana history, free ebooks


Civil War

My Story of the Civil War and the Under-ground Railroad

Huntington, IN: United Brethren 1914
Butler, M. B. (Lieutenant)Go to Book

The author based this book on a diary he maintained throughout his military service.

civil war account

Regimental Publications & Personal Narratives of the Civil War: A Checklist. Vol. 1, Part 5 – Indiana and Ohio

NY: New York Public Library 1961-1972
Dornbusch, Charles EmilGo to Book

This is Part 5 of a 7-part work, which covers Civil War histories of 17 participating northern states. Part 5 covers Indiana and Ohio. According to the compiler’s Preface, every battery and regiment is listed, and arranged numerically by arm of service – Artillery, Cavalry and Infantry. Any publications that could be associated with a particular battery or regiment are listed under that unit, including regimental histories, personal narratives, reunion proceedings, unit rosters and even sermons preached at soldiers’ funerals. Personal narratives by individuals who served under more than one unit are found under the unit of their first service.

Many or most of these articles and books are likely available online, free. For assistance in finding these, see our blog post Searching for eBooks.

For histories of the Civil War, see also on this site: Section 973.7 Civil War on U.S. History; 1845 through the Civil War

For biographies of Civil War Generals, see:
– Grant, F. D., ed., Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant in Century Past Biographies: G & H
;
White, Henry Alexander, Robert E. Lee and the Southern Confederacy, 1807-1870 in Century Past Biographies: I, J, K & L;
Sherman, William Tecumseh, Personal Memoirs in Century Past Biographies: S;
Johnston, Robert M., Leading American Soldiers in Century Past Collective Biography G – P;
Bradford, Gamaliel, Confederate portraits in Century Past Collective Biography A – F;
Bradford, Gamaliel, Union portraits in Century Past Collective Biography A – F

Civil War regimental histories, Civil War personal narratives

Report of the Indiana Sanitary Commission, Made to the Governor Jan. 2, 1865

Indianapolis: Holloway 1865
Indiana Sanitary CommissionerGo to Book

The primary mission of the Sanitary Commission during the Civil War, according to this report, was to “care for, console and comfort the gallant men who have gone away from the peace and plenty of their homes to endure the hardships of the march, the strife of battle and the tedium of the hospital. Everywhere, on the march, in the field, and in the hospital, we follow and supply them.”
The commissioner asserted that the most prominent difference between Indiana’s Sanitary Commission and the others was that the Indiana Commission distributed supplies to regiments in the field rather than only in hospital; providing fruits and vegetables, for example, to keep the men healthy. This report covers the full range of activities of the Commission, and includes reports from agents and subordinate organizations. There are also reports showing the details of items and quantities furnished to troops and hospitals.

Civil War civilian mobilization, U.S. Sanitary Commission

Twelve Months in Andersonville

Huntington, IN: Butler 1886
Long, LesselGo to Book
Subtitle: “On the March, in the Battle, in the Rebel Prison Pens, and at Last in God’s Country”

Personal narrative by a Private in the 13th Indiana Infantry Regiment who survived the infamous Confederate prison.

Civil War narrative, Andersonville prison

The Soldier of Indiana in the War for the Union

Indianapolis: Merrill 1866
Merrill, CatherineGo to Book

An effort to tell the full story of participation by Indiana regiments in the Civil War.

For histories of the Civil War, see also on this site: Section 973.7 Civil War on U.S. History; 1845 through the Civil War

Indiana in the Civil War

How Soldiers were Made; or The War as I saw it under Buell, Rosecrans, Thomas, Grant and Sherman

New Albany, IN: 1887
Scribner, Benjamin FranklinGo to Book

A narrative of the Civil War from the perspective of a career officer who commanded the 38th Indiana Veteran Volunteer Regiment.

Civil War personal narrative

Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana (8 volumes)

Indianapolis: State of Indiana 1865-1869
Terrell, William Henry Harrison, Adjutant GeneralGo to all 8 Volumes|Volumes Described

All 8 volumes are at the first link. The second link is for page iii of Volume 1, which describes the contents of each volume. Volume 1 is a report of the contributions of Indiana toward the Civil War. Volumes 2 through 8 consist of rosters of Indiana officers and enlisted men. Rosters normally show name and rank, residence, and date of muster. A “Remarks” column contains information such as; killed or wounded, date of discharge, promotion, transfer etc.
According to this report, 24,416 officers and enlisted men from Indiana lost their lives during the Civil War.

Civil War Rosters of Indiana Units


Spanish-American War

Record of Indiana Volunteers in the Spanish-American War 1898-1899

Indianapolis: State of Indiana 1900
Indiana Adjutant General, comp.Go to Book

The data here is organized by regiment, so finding information about a veteran will be easier if his unit is known. At the beginning of the book is a short history of the President’s call for volunteers and Indiana’s creation and recruitment of regiments.


World War One

Report of the Woman’s Section of the Indiana State Council of Defense, from October, 1917 to April 11, 1919

Indianapolis: Burford 1919
Carlisle, Anne StudebakerGo to Book

The subject organization appears to have been responsible for coordination of all voluntary women’s organizations in Indiana that contributed to war work during World War I. This report is of interest for its brief descriptions of the activities of each of those voluntary organizations, as well as some information about paid work that women carried out for the government. Much of the volume consists of reports from each county on activities there, including the names of the women who led every county committee.

World War I, civilian mobilization

Indiana Public Opinion and the World War, 1914-1917

Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Bureau 1945
Cummins, Cedric ClistenGo to Book


The War Purse of Indiana

Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Commission 1922
Greenough, WalterGo to Book

(title continued) ” …The Five Liberty Loans and War Savings and Thrift Campaigns in Indiana during the World War “


Gold Star Honor Roll: A Record of Indiana Men and Women Who Died in the Service of the United States and the Allied Nations in the World War 1914-1918

Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Commission 1921
Indiana Historical Commission Go to Book


War Service Text-Book for Indiana High Schools

Indianapolis: Indiana State Council of Defense 1918
Indiana State Council of DefenseGo to Book


Illustrated Review of 151st Infantry USA

New Orleans: American Publishing about 1919
Jones, C. Miller, comp.Go to Book

Photos of an Indiana Regiment during WWI. Captions for photos, a “History of the Regiment” and a roster all start on page 56.

Indiana in the War, an Address by Hon. Edward C. Toner of Anderson

1918
Toner, Edward Carleton Go to Book

(title continued) ” … Delivered October 25, 1918 at the Lincoln Hotel, Indianapolis, Indiana”



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