Discussion 18th Indiana Infantry

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Dec 31, 2010
Kingsport, Tennessee
Hey I'm researching the 18th Indiana Vol. Inf. and I am wondering if any one has any information about the regiment.

Report of Capt. Jonathan H. Williams, Eighteenth Indiana Infantry.

IN THE FIELD, July 26, 1863.
COL.: Pursuant to orders, I beg leave to report the part taken by
the Eighteenth Regiment Indiana Volunteers in the march and the
attack on the city of Jackson, Miss.

The regiment marched at 5 a.m. On the morning of July 5, 1863, by
way of Clear Creek; and on the 6th, crossed Big Black River, near the
ruins of the bridge, and camped near Edwards Depot; and on the
7th, passed Edwards Depot and Champion's Hill battle-ground, and
encamped; and on the 8th of July, at 5 p.m., marched in the direction
of Clinton; and on the morning of the 9th, passed Clinton and
encamped; and on the 10th, marched on the road leading to Jackson,
and encamped on the right of the divisions of Gens. Osterhaus and
Smith; and on the 11th of July, at 5 p.m., advanced to the front, and
on the right of the ---- regiment, Second Brigade, and on the left of
the Eighth Regiment Indiana Volunteers; and on the 12th, at 9 a.m.,
advanced to the front in line of battle to and within some 600 yards of
the enemy's line of works, when and where some skirmishing occurred; and
on the night of the 12th, our regiment threw up rifle-pits; and on the
evening of the 14th, the regiment was thrown forward some 300 yards as
an advance picket, and completed an advance rifle-pit commenced by the
Ninety-ninth Regiment Illinois Volunteers, and within some 400 yards
of the rebel line. While in this position, in skirmishing with the enemy,
Moses Simmons, private of Company E, was slightly wounded in the hip
with a Minie ball; and on the 16th, Isaac Langley, private of Company
H, was severely wounded by a ball from a shell from the enemy's guns;
and on the same day, William M. Berry, sergeant of Company A, was
slightly wounded by a Minie ball. On the morning of the 17th, to the
surprise of our men, the enemy had evacuated the city and their line
of works; and on the 18th, the regiment marched south to the Mississippi
Railroad, and commenced destroying the same, and continued assisting
in its destruction as far south as Byram Station; and on the 20th,
the regiment returned to the camp near Jackson; and on the 21st,
at 6 a.m., the regiment marched by the Raymond road, and, after passing
Mississippi Springs, encamped near Raymond; and on the 22d,
moved on toward Edwards Depot, and encamped on Baker's Creek; and
on the 23d, passed Edwards Depot and Big Black River to within 5
miles of Vicksburg; and on the 24th, marched to the present camp; and
during all this time the officers and men were without tents or cooking
utensils, except what they carried by hand. I cannot close this report,
imperfect as it may be, without saying that both officers and men of
the Eighteenth Indiana, Volunteers did their whole duty.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Capt., Commanding Eighteenth Indiana Volunteers.

Source: Official Records
[Series I. Vol. 24. Part II, Reports. Serial No. 37.]
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