Battles in Indiana, and Indiana at war. Free online books and articles. Frontier conflicts with Indians, the Battle of Tippecanoe, Fort Harrison, Indiana participation in the Mexican War, Civil War, Spanish-American War, and World War I.
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Craig, Oscar J.
Indianapolis: Bowen-Merrill 1893
An article reprinted into a booklet by the Indiana Historical Society, about the history of Fort Ouiatanon, near Lafayette
Indiana Battle Flags and a Record of Indiana Organizations in the Mexican, Civil and Spanish-American Wars
Including the movements of troops in the Civil War, as follows: actions, affairs, attacks, battles, campaigns, defenses, expeditions, marches, movements, raids and reconnoissances
Indiana Battle Flag Commission
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Passed at the Fifteenth Session of the General Assembly
Indiana State Government
Indianapolis, Printed by Douglass and Maguire 1831
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.
Collected Maps & Gazetteers for Historic Indiana
Scovell, Josiah Thomas
Terre Haute, IN: Moore-Langen 1912
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
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 …
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
Chicago: Hammond 1911
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
Prentice Hall 1968
An account of the forts at Vincennes, from the founding of the first fort in 1732, to the abandonment of the third Fort Knox in 1816. It includes an account of the fort’s capture in 1779 by George Rogers Clark, which saved the Northwest Territory for the United States.
Indiana Magazine of History Volume 9, Issue 2, 1913, pp 95-112
Bloomington, IN: Indiana University
Indiana Magazine of History Volume 2, Issue 4, December 1906, pp 163-169
Naylor, Judge Isaac
Bloomington: Indiana University
The author was a participant in the battle.
Books and articles on Native American tribes in historic Indiana
Louisville: Morton 1900
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.
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A Journal of Two Campaigns of the Fourth Regiment of the U.S. Infantry in the Michigan and Indiana Territories
under the Command of Col. John P. Boyd, and Lt. Col. James Miller during the years 1811 & 12
Keene, NH: 1816
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.
Perry, Oran, comp.
Indianapolis: W. B. Burford 1908
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 America in the Early 19th Century – 1809-1861
Butler, M. B. (Lieutenant)
Huntington, IN: United Brethren 1914
The author based this book on a diary he maintained throughout his military service.
Books and articles on Politics & Government in historic Indiana
Regimental Publications & Personal Narratives of the Civil War: A Checklist. Vol. 1, Part 5 – Indiana and Ohio
Dornbusch, Charles Emil
NY: New York Public Library 1961-1972
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.
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For histories of the Civil War, see also on this site: Civil War in America
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
Indiana Sanitary Commissioner
Indianapolis: Holloway 1865
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.
On the March, in the Battle, in the Rebel Prison Pens, and at Last in God’s Country
Huntington, IN: Butler 1886
Personal narrative by a Private in the 13th Indiana Infantry Regiment who survived the infamous Confederate prison.
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Indianapolis: Merrill 1866
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: Civil War in America
Scribner, Benjamin Franklin
New Albany, IN: 1887
A narrative of the Civil War from the perspective of a career officer who commanded the 38th Indiana Veteran Volunteer Regiment.
Terrell, William Henry Harrison, Adjutant General
Indianapolis: State of Indiana 1865-1869
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.
Indiana Adjutant General, comp.
Indianapolis: State of Indiana 1900
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.
Report of the Woman’s Section of the Indiana State Council of Defense, from October, 1917 to April 11, 1919
Carlisle, Anne Studebaker
Indianapolis: Burford 1919
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.
Cummins, Cedric Clisten
Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Bureau 1945
Books and articles on The History of Indiana
The Five Liberty Loans and War Savings and Thrift Campaigns in Indiana during the World War
Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Commission 1922
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
Indiana Historical Commission
Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Commission 1921
Indiana State Council of Defense
Indianapolis: Indiana State Council of Defense 1918
Jones, C. Miller, comp.
New Orleans: American Publishing about 1919
Photos of an Indiana Regiment during WWI. Captions for photos, a “History of the Regiment” and a roster all start on page 56.
Delivered October 25, 1918 at the Lincoln Hotel, Indianapolis, Indiana
Toner, Edward Carleton
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