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Company G 93rd Indiana Infantry

Updated on May 24, 2015
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The 93rd Indiana Infantry in the Civil War

My great-great grandfather served in the 93rd Indiana Infantry during the Civil War. In researching his life, I needed to learn about what happened to the regiment he was in. As I find information, I'll link it here for use with the book I'm writing about the life of Abraham Bates Tower, my ancestor.

If you had a relative serving in the 93rd Indiana Volunteer Infantry, I hope you find this information helpful.


Graphic available from Zazzle: Civil War Days- Hartford City, Indiana by Mamajo3304

Videos Showing Indiana Civil War Re-Enactments - Including the Battle of Brice's Crossroads where the 93rd Infantry lost many men

Read More about the Union Defeat at the Battle of Brice's Crossroads - Book available from Amazon

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Recent Book on The Battle of Brice's Crossroads

The Battle of Brice's Crossroads (Civil War Series)
The Battle of Brice's Crossroads (Civil War Series)

I just ordered this for my Kindle and am reading it now. I'll let you know more about it when I've finished.

This isn't a major battle like Gettysburg or Vicksburg, but still significant.

 

Links for the 93rd Indiana Infantry

The 93rd Indiana Infantry served around Vicksburg during the siege of that city.

Books about Indiana Troops in the Civil War

Indiana’s War: The Civil War in Documents (Civil War in the Great Interior)
Indiana’s War: The Civil War in Documents (Civil War in the Great Interior)

The book gives access to personal letters, official records, newspaper articles, and other primary source material about Indiana in the Civil War.

 

Some 93rd Indiana Infantry Soldiers Lie Buried in the Andersonville National Cemetery

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My Ancestor Spent 6 Months in Andersonville

A number of men from Company G, 93rd Indiana Volunteer Infantry were captured at Guntown (Battle of Brice's Crossroads). They ended up in Andersonville Prison in Georgia which was a horrible place, similar to the concentration camps of the second World War.

Abraham Bates Tower survived Andersonville, but some of his comrades were not so lucky. He suffered health problems for the rest of his life from the starvation and bad conditions.

Indiana Civil War Veterans, Transcription of the Death Rolls of the Department of Indiana Grand Army of the Republic, 1882-1948
Indiana Civil War Veterans, Transcription of the Death Rolls of the Department of Indiana Grand Army of the Republic, 1882-1948

I discovered that my great-great grandfather was active in the GAR in Indiana after the war.

 

Some Returned Home to Live out Their Lives

This soldier was in Andersonville Prison with my great-great grandfather, Abraham Bates Tower.
This soldier was in Andersonville Prison with my great-great grandfather, Abraham Bates Tower. | Source

Some Deserted from Company G

It's interesting to see that some of the desertions were short-term, so the men returned to the company and were not harshly treated. Perhaps family needs or health problems led them to leave for a few months.

The need for men in the ranks may have made it expedient to reinstate them with mild punishment such as withholding pay.

The Impact of the Civil War on Indiana

The impact of the Civil War on Indiana,
The impact of the Civil War on Indiana,

You can ask the public library to interlibrary-loan a book like this. If you want it for your home library, then just order a copy from Amazon.

 

Get the Feel of What It Was Like for Civil War Soldiers

Tip for Finding Your Ancestor

Use Google to search on the company commander. There are more likely to articles online about him that will give you clues to your ancestor's company activities.

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      Virginia Allain 2 years ago from Central Florida

      That's really interesting, Violet. That's one reason I post all this online is to draw out other people's experiences.

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      Violet Snow 2 years ago

      Based on the regimental history, it looks like your ancestor's regiment and my ancestor's regiment (95th Ohio) were side by side for a good stretch of the war. Davies writes about taking the steamboat from Helena (I didn't know it was in Arkansas!) to Duckport, serving under Sherman through to Vicksburg and leaving the siege on June 22 to go after Johnston--all the way to Brice's Crossroads.

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      Ahdilarum 4 years ago

      great info about the Infantry

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @brianm769: Brian, I can't wait to compare notes. Just think, our ancestors marched shoulder-to-shoulder, camped together, sat around the campfire and faced bullets whistling over their heads. That was 150 years ago. Amazing.

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      brianm769 5 years ago

      I also have a Great Grandfather who was in Company G, of the 93rd Indiana. In years past I have researched as much information on him & his Regiment as I could. Unfortunately I have not found much to go on beyond the official history, & the Official Records. He enlisted under the name of Samuel P. Fletcher, but his real name was William H. Birth. It took me from 1978 to 2011 to find out why he used a false name,.,My email is brianm769@aol.com....

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      Wedding Mom 5 years ago

      Wow, a lot of history here. Hope you do find a lot more about your ancestor Abraham Bates Tower.

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