ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Following the 93rd Indiana Infantry

Updated on August 4, 2018
Virginia Allain profile image

In researching my Civil War ancestor, I became fascinated by all aspects of that war. If you're a Civil War buff, check out my topics.

Siege of Vicksburg by Kurz and Allison 1863
Siege of Vicksburg by Kurz and Allison 1863 | Source

Tracking My Great-Great Grandfather's Regiment in the Civil War

In trying to understand my ancestor's experience in the Civil War, I'm mapping out the movements and battles of the 93rd Indiana Infantry. Abraham Bates Tower was a private with Company G of the 93rd.

Follow along with me as I try to visualize the many miles the 93rd Indiana Volunteer Infantry marched as the Civil War unfolds. In some cases, the troops were transported by train. In journals, they would mention riding on "the cars" which meant railcars. They also were transported on steamships, but much of it was marching on their own two feet.


Locations for the 93rd Indiana Infantry (in Chronological Order)

  • Madison Indiana
  • indianapolis Indiana
  • New Albany Indiana
  • Leopold, Indiana
  • Cannelton, Indiana
  • Bridgeport, Indiana
  • Corinth Mississippi
  • Memphis Tenn

Where the 93rd Indiana Infantry Was Organized - August 16 to October 31, 1862

It was organized at Madison, Indianapolis and New Albany, Indiana.

My great-great grandfather was in Company G of the 93rd Indiana Infantry. The residences of the enlisted men of Company G include the towns of Cannelton, Bridgeport, Leopold, Ferdinand, Oregon, Troy, Bird's Eye, Ditney Hill, Down Hill, Foster's Ridge, Fredonia, Bethleham, N. Washington and New Lexington.

In September 2012, I visited Leopold and Cannelton, Indiana. I found some of the graves of infantrymen who served in Company G. I'll post those photos in another page that I have about the individual soldiers.

Brigades the 93rd Indiana Infantry Was Attached to..

The 93rd left Indiana November 9, 1862 for Memphis Tennessee.

  1. Attached to the 5th Brigade, District of Memphis, Tennessee, of the 13th Army Corps (Old). Deparment of the Tennessee, November, 1862.
  2. Attached to the 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, District of Memphis, of the 13th Army Corps, to December, 1862.
  3. Attached to the 3rd Brigade, 8th Division, of the16th Army Corps, to April, 1863.
  4. Attached to the 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, of the 15th Army Corps, to December, 1863.
  5. Attached to the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, of the 16th Army Corps, to December, 1864.
  6. Attached to the 1st Brigade, 1st Division (Detachment), of the Army of the Tennessee, Dept. of the Cumberland, to February, 1865.
  7. Attached to the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, of the 16th Army Corps (New), Military Division West Mississippi, to August, 1865.

Regimental Histories of the 93rd Indiana Infantry - in the Civil War

Here's where I found the information on the movement of the 93rd Indiana Infantry.

In the interest of historical accuracy, I've used almost identical wording from this regimental history in describing the regiment's movement with each map.

2) Tallahatchie March - November 26 to December 20, 1862

The 93rd Indiana Infantry served at:

Lagrange, Tennessee

Corinth, Mississippi

Memphis, Tennessee, until March, 1863.

(I've seen "Tallahatchie March" mentioned in a number of Civil War sites, but have not found a good explanation of it yet.)

Source

3) 93rd Indiana Infantry Movement - Early in 1863

Moved to Helena, Arkansas - March 13

from there they went to Young's Point, Louisiana

At Ducksport, Louisiana until May 3.

4) Siege of Vicksburg

Source

4) Onward to Vicksburg

The 93rd Indiana Infantry moved to join the army in rear of Vicksburg, Mississippi. They approached by way of Richmond and Grand Gulf, May 3-14.

Mississippi Springs May 13.

Jackson May 14.

Siege of Vicksburg May 18-July 4, 1863.

5) Mechanicsburg and Jackson, Mississippi - May 26 to July 17, 1863

Expedition to Mechanicsburg, Mississippi, May 26-June 4

Advance on Jackson, Mississippi, July 4-10.

Siege of Jackson July 10-17.

6) Movement of the 93rd Indiana Infantry - to October 17, 1863

Camped at Big Black River until September 5.

Then at Oak Ridge until October 14.

Expedition to Canton October 14-20.

Bogue, Chitto Creek, October 17.

7) Actions of 93rd Indiana Infantry - November 1863 to February 1864

Moved to Memphis, Tennessee, November 7, 1863 and provost duty there until May 10, 1864.

Expedition from Memphis to Wyatt's, Mississipi, February 6-18, 1864.

Coldwater Ferry February 8.

Near Senatobia February 8-9, 1864.

Example of Shelter While in Winter Camp

Soldiers worked together to construct shelter while in winter camp. The roads were generally too muddy to move troops and artillery during the winter.
Soldiers worked together to construct shelter while in winter camp. The roads were generally too muddy to move troops and artillery during the winter. | Source

8) Movement of the 93rd Indiana Infantry - February to June 1864

Wyatt's, Mississippi, February 13. (This doesn't show up on Google's map, so I need to find out more about where it was)

Sturgis' Expedition to Ripley, Mississippi, April 30-May 9.

Sturgis' Expedition to Guntown, Miss., June 1-13.

The Terrain at Brice's Crossroads

One of the informational displays at the battle site.
One of the informational displays at the battle site. | Source

Battle of Brice's Crossroad Video - and Nathan Bedford Forrest

The 93rd Indiana Infantry fought in the Battle of Brice's Cross Roads or Tishamingo Creek near Guntown on June 10, 1864.

Forrest won the battle for the South, overcoming a larger Union force. This is the battle where my great-great-grandfather, Abraham Bates Tower, was captured. He spent most of the rest of the war in Andersonville Prison in Georgia.

In 2016, I visited the battleground at Brice's Cross Roads. When I saw the creek where the bridge was blocked preventing the retreat of the Union troops, it helped me understand why so many were captured there.

My Ancestor Was Captured at Brice's Crossroads

and spent 6 months in Andersonville Prison in Georgia.

© 2011 Virginia Allain

What Interests You in the Civil War?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: I found several more of others from Crawford Co. that served around 18 now. I have them in my site. Crawford Co. was a busy place during the civil war. There sure is a lot of history there.

    • profile image

      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: I would love to send them to me and I will put them on the front page

    • Virginia Allain profile imageAUTHOR

      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: Ed - I found your family history and Civil War very interesting. I'd love it if you could put links in for all my 93rd Indiana Infantry and Andersonville pages, so visitors to your page could come see my topics.

    • profile image

      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      @anonymous: If you go to my site you will see several web pages that has information about my Kellems and Andersonville. http://tiemanspast.homestead.com/TIEMAN-AND-TIEMAN...

      I am sure you will enjoy it. You can download what ever you want by copy, paste. Ed

    • Virginia Allain profile imageAUTHOR

      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: I'm so glad you are progressing with your research on your Civil War ancestors. Congratulations!

    • profile image

      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      For the past few days I have found out that I had 8 Kellems in the Civil War and only two died in POW Camps.

    • profile image

      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      My great-grandfather, Theophilus Garrett Spurlock, was a private in Company H of the 93rd Indiana Infantry. He was also captured at the battle of Brice's Crossroads and survived Andersonville, being traded on April 1, 1865.

    • TonyPayne profile image

      Tony Payne 

      6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I have long been fascinated by the Civil War, so this series of yours is always of interest. Nicely done, I hope you manage to find out more information about them. Blessed.

    • Gypzeerose profile image

      Rose Jones 

      6 years ago

      Lovely lens. Your lens are always rich and informative. In come from Missouri which was one of the border states and has different historical sites all across the state. It is amazing to think that brother was turned against brother just a short time ago.

    • CruiseReady profile image

      CruiseReady 

      6 years ago from East Central Florida

      What a worthwhile lens! We once bought a house that was built by the secon mayor of a small Texas town after he walked back home from the Civil War ... ended up selling it to a couple who were history teachers.

    • Scarlettohairy profile image

      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Wow, you really have a comprehensive look at your ancestor's travels and battles. Great job.

    • donaldwilson profile image

      Don Wilson 

      6 years ago from Yakima, WA

      As a child, my parents took me on a tour of the Gettysburg battlefield. That was almost 40 years ago, and I still remember parts of the experience.

      More recently, I went to Manassas, VA and visited the Manassas National Battlefield Park with my son. Going to those places helps the history to come alive.

    • Diane Cass profile image

      Diane Cass 

      6 years ago from New York

      My own ancestors fought in the Civil War. On my father's side, my GG-grandfather changed his name and fought for the Union, though he was from the south. He was captured and spent time in the prisons, much like your ancestor. Ever since watching Ken Burns' documentary "The Civil War", I've wanted to dig into myself. Great job Virginia.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)