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Indiana 11th Light Artillery (Union)

17 Dec 1861

Indiana 11th Light Artillery organized.

29 Apr 1862

Participated in the Siege of Corinth at Corinth, MS.

The Siege of Corinth
The Siege of Corinth

Union forces had captured the railroad junction and important transportation center at Corinth, Mississippi in the spring of 1862 after their victory at Shiloh. After the Battle of Iuka in September, Maj. Gen. Sterling Price’s Confederate Army of the West marched to Ripley, Mississippi where it joined Maj. Gen. Earl Van Dorn’s Army of West Tennessee. Van Dorn took command of the combined force numbering about 22,000 men. The Rebels marched southeast toward Corinth, hoping to recapture it and then sweep int… Read More

19 Sep 1863

Assigned to the Brigade led by Brigadier General William Haines Lytle.

Brigadier General William Haines Lytle

19 Sep 1863

Participated in the Battle of Chickamauga at Catoosa County, Georgia; Walker County, Georgia.

The Battle of Chickamauga
The Battle of Chickamauga

After the successful Tullahoma Campaign, Maj. Gen. William Rosecrans continued the Union offensive, aiming to force Gen. Braxton Bragg’s Confederate army out of Chattanooga.  Through a series of skillful marches towards the Confederate-held city, Rosecrans forced Bragg out of Chattanooga and into Georgia.  Determined to reoccupy the city, Bragg followed the Federals north, brushing with Rosecrans’ army at Davis’ Cross Roads.  While they marched on September 18th, his cavalry and infantry ski… Read More

25 Nov 1863

Participated in the Battle of Missionary Ridge at Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The Battle of Missionary Ridge
The Battle of Missionary Ridge

From the last days of September through October 1863, Gen. Braxton Bragg’s army laid siege to the Union army under Maj. Gen. William Rosecrans at Chattanooga, cutting off its supplies. On October 17, Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant received command of the Western armies; he moved to reinforce Chattanooga and replaced Rosecrans with Maj. Gen. George Thomas. A new supply line was soon established. Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman arrived with his four divisions in mid-November, and the Federals began offensive operat… Read More

13 May 1864

Participated in the Battle of Resaca at Gordon County, Georgia; Whitfield County, Georgia.

The Battle of Resaca
The Battle of Resaca

Following his withdrawal from Rocky Face Ridge, the first battle in Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman's campaign against Atlanta, Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston established a four-mile defensive position protecting the Western & Atlantic Railroad west and north of Resaca, where the railroad crossed the Oostanaula River.  On May 13th, Sherman tested the Rebel lines, sending forward divisions to skirmish with the Confederates, with little substantive result. On the 14th, the fighting erupted into a… Read More

25 May 1864

Participated in the Battle of New Hope Church at Paulding County, Georgia.

The Battle of New Hope Church
The Battle of New Hope Church

During early May 1864, Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman successfully outmaneuvered the army of Gen. Joseph E. Johnston in multiple battles in northwest Georgia. Each time, Johnston fell back to a new defensive position closer to the strategic Confederate city of Atlanta. After Johnston retreated to Allatoona Pass on May 19-20th following the battle at Adairsville, Sherman determined to move around Johnston’s left flank rather than attack the strong Confederate defenses in his front. On May 23rd, Sherman set in… Read More

20 Jul 1864

Assigned to the Brigade led by Captain Arnold Sutermeister.

20 Jul 1864

Participated in the Battle of Peachtree Creek at Fulton County, Georgia.

The Battle of Peachtree Creek
The Battle of Peachtree Creek

Weary of Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's pattern of retreat through northwest Georgia in the face of Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman's advancing armies, President Jefferson Davis removed him from command of the Army of Tennessee, replacing him with Lieut. Gen. John B. Hood.  On July 20th, Hood determined to take the fight to the enemy by setting upon an isolated portion of Sherman's forces in front of Atlanta. Hood's target would be the Union corps of Maj. Gens. Oliver O. Howard and Joseph Hooker from Maj. Gen… Read More

31 Aug 1864

Participated in the Battle of Jonesborough at Clayton County, Georgia.

The Battle of Jonesborough
The Battle of Jonesborough

By late August 1865, the city of Atlanta was not yet subdued by Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman's armies. A few supply lines remained open to the city supporting the army of Lieut. Gen. John B. Hood encircled there. Union cavalry raids inflicted only superficial damage, quickly repaired by the Confederates. Sherman determined that if he could destroy the Macon & Western and Atlanta & West Point Railroads to the south the Rebel army would be forced to evacuate the city. On August 25, Union infantry beg… Read More

21 Nov 1864

Indiana 11th Light Artillery mustered out.

23 Nov 1864

Participated in the Battle of Lookout Mountain at Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The Battle of Lookout Mountain
The Battle of Lookout Mountain

A month after opening the “Cracker Line,” Gen. Ulysses S. Grant was ready to lift the siege of Chattanooga. On November 23, 1863, a reconnaissance in force by Gen. George H. Thomas’ Army of the Cumberland overran the Confederate position on Orchard Knob, and gave Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg deep concerns about the strength of the center of his line along Missionary Ridge. In shoring up this portion of the Confederate position, Bragg moved Gen. William H. T. Walker’s division from the base of Lookout Mou… Read More

30 Nov 1864

Participated in the Battle of Franklin (1864) at Franklin, Tennessee.

The Battle of Franklin (1864)
The Battle of Franklin (1864)

After allowing Maj. Gen. John Schofield’s Army of the Ohio to pass him near Spring Hill, Tennessee, the previous morning, Lt. Gen. John Bell Hood led his 30,000-man Army of Tennessee to the outskirts of Franklin on November 30th. Schofield's army had constructed a strong defensive line south of the town. Hood took a position two miles south of Schofield, with open, rolling farm land between them, and prepared to attack. At 4:00 p.m., over 20,000 Confederates moved forward east and west of the Columbia Pike… Read More

15 Dec 1864

Participated in the Battle of Nashville at Nashville, Tennessee.

The Battle of Nashville
The Battle of Nashville

Despite a series of defeats in the closing days of November, 1864, Confederate Lieut. Gen. John Bell Hood continued to drag his bloodied Army of Tennessee, approximately 30,000 strong, north towards Nashville. The city was protected by 55,000 Union soldiers, which should have precluded further offensive operations, but Hood was determined and his situation was dire. Hood reached Nashville on December 2nd and staked out a position south of the city, hoping to draw the Union forces into a costly attack. Ulys… Read More

Indiana, United States of America

Field Officers

Brigadier General William Haines Lytle

Colonel Silas Miller

Captain Arnold Sutermeister

Major General Philip Sheridan