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EIGHTEENTH REGIMENT INDIANA VOLUNTEERS
COMPANY D

From the
Report of the Adjutant General
of the
State of Indiana, Volume II & Volume IV   1861 - 1865


Regimental History
Vol. II, Pages 166 - 167
EIGHTEENTH REGIMENT --- THREE YEARS SERVICE
  
The eighteenth Regiment was organized and mustered into service at Indianapolis, on the 16th of August, 1861, with Thomas Pattison as Colonel, and left the State for St. Louis on the 17th of August from that place, it proceeded into the interior of Missouri, and participated in Fremont's march to Springfield, and in the return march to Otterville, under General Hunter, after which it moved with Pope's army to the Black Water, and there took part in the capture of a large number of prisoners. In February, 1862, the regiment marched with General Curtis's forces to Cross Hollows, and thence to the battle-field of Pea Ridge, where, in the engagement near Leestown on the 6th of March, the brigade to which it was attached saved from capture another brigade, and the Eightheenth Regiment recaptured the of the Peoria Artillery. On the next day, the battle near Elkhorn Tavern, the regiment participated in the advance, which resulted in turning the enemy's left, compelling him to abandon the field. On the 6th of April it marched for Helena, Arkansas, reaching that place on the 13th of July, taking part in the engagement at Cotton Plant, while on the march. Embarking from Helena on transports, on the 11th of October, the regiment reached Sulphur Springs, Missouri, a few days after, and remained on duty in Southeast Missouri during the winter. In the spring of 1863 the Eighteenth was transferred to Grant's Army, and, as part of the division commanded by General Carr, participated in the flanking of the enemy's position at Grand Gulf, and in the battle at Fort Gibson on the 1st of May, (capturing a stand of colors and some artillery,) and in the engagements at Champion Hills, on the 15th, and the Black River Bridge on the 17th of May. From the 19th of May until the capitulation, it was engaged in our works in the rear of Vicksburg. During the assault it was the first regiment to plant its colors on the enemy's works, where they were kept for eight hours. Leaving Vicksburg, the regiment moved to New Orleans, and during the fall participated in a campaign  up the Teche River, and in the operations in that part of Louisiana. On the 12th of November it embarked for Texas, where on the 17th, it was engaged in the capture of a fort on Mustang Island, and also in the successful attack on Fort Esparanza on the 27th of November. On the 1st of January, 1864, the regiment re-enlisted at Indianapolis and started home on veteran furlough;  It was stopped at Baton Rouge, and formed part of a column that defeated a rebel force organizing for an attack on the garrison of that place. Reaching Indianapolis on the 4th of June, it remained in the State until the 16th of July, when it proceeded to Virginia, joining General Butler's forces at Bermuda Hundred, where it had several severe skirmishes with the enemy near Deep Bottom. On the 5th of August it was transferred to Washington D. C., and assigned to the Second Division of the Nineteenth Army Corps, and marching to Berryville, Virginia, via Snecker's Gap, joined Sheridan's army in the Valley on the 19th of August. In the campaign that followed, the regiment participated in the battle of Opequan on the 19th of September, losing 54 killed and wounded, and 35 prisoners. On the 6th of January, 1865, it left for Savannah, Georgia, reaching there, on transports, on the 16th, where it was occupied for three months in building fortifications. On the 3rd of May it was detached from General Grover's division and sent to Augusta, Georgia, and was the first to raise the stars and stripes on the U. S. Arsenal, and over the city. Returning to Savannah on the 7th of June, it was subsequently transported to the southern portion of the State, where it remained until ordered to be mustered out. On the 28th of August, 1865, it was mustered out and left for Indianapolis, arriving there on the 17th of September, and on the day following was publicly welcomed by the citizens in the Capitol Grounds, where addresses were made by Governor Morton, Gen. H. D. Washburn, (its former Colonel) and others. In a few days after it was finally discharged from service.




OFFICERS of COMPANY D
 VOL. II, Pages 161 - 162

Name and Rank Date of
Commission
Date of
Muster
Remarks
Captain
Rinaldo R. Ruter July 15, 1861 Resigned, April 1, 1862
William F. Davis April 1, 1862 Aug 16, 1861 Resigned, June 5, 1863
Joseph Hutchinson June 6, 1863 April 1, 1862 Resigned, March 1, 1864
John J. Dibble Mar. 2, 1864 June 6, 1863 Resigned, Aug 24, 1864
Julius J. Vanhouten Aug 22, 1864 Aug 21, 1864 Mustered out Dec. 13, 1864, as 1st Lieutenant
William Killen July 20, 1865 Mustered out as sergeant, with regiment
        
First Lieutenant
William W. Shepherd July 15, 1861 Resigned April 7, 1862
Joseph Hutchinson April 20, 1862 Aug. 16, 1861 Promoted Captain
Francis A. Lakin June 6, 1863 April 20, 1862 Revoked
John J. Dibble Nov. 1, 1863 Promoted Captain
Julius J. Vanhouten Mar 2, 1864 Dec 12, 1863 Promoted Captain
Henry Lawrence Aug. 22, 1864 Aug. 21, 1864 Not mustered; mustered as 1st Lieutenant Co. "I"
Joseph H. Connell July 20, 1865 Mar. 1, 1865 Mustered out as Sergeant with Regiment
 
Second Lieutenant
William F. Davis July 15, 1861 Promoted Captain
Joseph Hutchineson April 1, 1861 Aug. 16, 1861 Promoted 1st Lieutenant
Francis A. Lakin April 15, 1862 April 1, 1861 Promoted 1st Lieutenant
Henry Sutton July 20, 1865 June 6, 1863 Mustered out as Sergeant with Regiment





ENLISTED MEN of COMPANY D
VOL. IV, Pages 377 - 379

Name and Rank Residence Date of Muster 1861 Remarks
First Sergeant
Hutchinson, Joseph Rising Sun Aug. 16 Appointed Serg't Maj.; promoted 2d Lieut.
 
Sergeants
Ford, William H. Patriot Aug. 16 Mustered out Aug. 18 '64, as 1st. Serg't
Van Houten, Julius J. Switzerland co. Aug. 16 Veteran; app'd 1st Serg't; promoted 1st Lieut.
Dibble, John J. Switzerland co. Aug. 16 Appointed 1st Serg't; promoted 2d Lieut.
Lalken, Francis Switzerland co. Aug. 16 Appointed 1st Serg't; promoted 2d Lieut.
 
Corporals
Ladd, james H. Patriot Aug. 16 Mustered out Aug. 18, '64, as private
Taylor, Aaron Z. Switzerland co. Aug. 16 Mustered out Aug. 18, '64
Richmond, Silas P. Switzerland co. Aug. 16 Discharged Sept. 20, '62, disability
Butler, Thomas Switzerland co. Aug. 16 Killed at Pea Ridge, Ark., March 7, '62
Ferguson, John T. Switzerland co. Aug. 16 Died at St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 24, '63
Hovey, Samuel B. Yorktown Aug. 16 Veteran, mustered out Aug. 28, '65
Simington, Isaac Patriot Aug. 16 Discharged Sept. _____, '62, disability
Sutton, James Switzerland co. Aug. 16 Discharged Oct. _____, '62, disability
 
Musicians
Baxter, Harmon B. Patriot Aug. 16 Mustered out Aug. 18, '64
Johnson, William H. Switzerland co. Aug. 16 Veteran, mustered out Aug. 28, '65
 
Wagoner
Ross, Lemmon Patriot Aug. 16 Veteran, mustered out Aug. 28, '65, as musician
 
Privates
Baker, Frederick Warsaw Aug. 16 Veteran, mustered out Aug. 28, '65
Baker, Samuel W. Aurora Aug. 16 Mustered out Aug. 18, '64
Baker, Allen Switzerland co. Aug. 16 Mustered out Aug. 18, '64, as Sergeant
Ballard, Milton Cincinnatti, O Aug. 16 Mustered out Aug. 18, '64
Bennett, John Florence Aug. 16 Died July _____ '62
Bennett, Frank Switzerland co. Aug. 16 Wounded at Magnolia Hills; must'd out Aug. 18, '64
Bird, John B. Olean Aug. 16 Veteran, mustered out Aug. 28, '65
Bumgarner Henry Elrod Aug. 16 Killed at Vicksburg, May 21, '63
Brown, Isaac Patriot Aug. 16 Veteran, mustered out Aug. 28, '65
Campbell, John T. Warsaw Aug. 16 Discharged Aug. 29, '62, disability
Campbell, Julius D. Patriot Aug. 16 Veteran, mustered out Aug. 28, '65
Calvin, William V. Switzerland co. Aug. 16 Veteran, mustered out Aug. 28, '65
Campbell, James Warsaw Aug. 16 Discharged April _____ '62, disability
Connell, Thomas Patriot Aug. 16 Mustered Aug. 16, '64
Connell, Joseph H. Versailled Aug. 16 Veteran, mustered out Aug. 28, '65, as Sergeant
Compton, James Warsaw Aug. 16 Discharged Dec. _____ '62, disability
Conklin, Cyrus E. Switzerland co. Aug. 16 Mustered out Aug. 18, '64, as Corporal
Conner, Michael Cincinnatti, O Aug. 16 Veteran, mustered out Aug. 28, '65
Chase, George W. Patriot Aug. 16 Veteran, mustered out Aug. 28, '65
Clener, Henry Aurora Aug. 16 Deserted Henena Ark., Aug. 20, '62
Clevenger, William H. Decatur Aug. 16 Veteran, mustered out Aug. 28, '65, as Corporal
Clenwood, Charles Patriot Aug. 16 Mustered out Aug. 18, '64
Craig, John Warsaw Aug. 16 Discharged April _____'62, disability
Cross, Felix Aurora Aug. 16 Mustered out Aug. 18, '64
Daniels, John M. Warsaw Aug. 16 Discharged Dec. _____ '62, disability
DeHart, John Patriot Aug. 16 Discharged Dec. 29 '62, disability
Deets, John Switzerland co. Aug. 16 Veteran, mustered out Aug. 28, '65
Dibble, Harvey Switzerland co. Aug. 16 Mustered out Aug. 18, '64
Dome, Calvin Warsaw Aug. 16 Mustered out Aug. 18, '64, as Corporal
Elder, Abram Switzerland co. Aug. 16 Wounded at Pea Ridge, mustered out Aug. 18, '64
Flousch, Casper Florence Aug. 16 Veteran, mustered out Aug. 28, '65
Funk, William H. Warsaw Aug. 16 Mustered out Aug. 18, '64, as Sergeant
Gangloff, George Cincinnatti, O Aug. 16 Mustered out Aug. 16, '64
Goodwin, Andrew J. Aurora Aug. 16 Died, wounds rec'd Magnolia Hills, May 1, '63
Hatfield, Lemuel E. Warsaw Aug. 16 Vet.; wounded; mustered out Aug. 28, '65
Hawkins, Richard A. Switzerland co. Aug. 16 Died, Aug. 3, '63
Hickman, George Patriot Aug. 16 Veteran; must'd out Aug. 28, '65, as Corporal
Hobbs, Alva L. Sunmans Aug. 16 Discharge Jan. _____, '62, disability
Hunt, John Patriot Aug. 16 Wounded; Pea Ridge; disch'd Oct. 15, '62; disa'y
Ivins, George Sunmans Aug. 16 Vet.; wounded; mustered out Aug. 30, '65
Ivins, John Switzerland co. Aug. 16 Veteran; mustered out Aug. 28, '65
Keith, John Warsaw Aug. 16 Mustered out Aug. 18, '64
Kerns, Theodore S. Sunmnans Aug. 16 Vet.; capt'd; must'd out June 12, '65, as Corporal
Kelso, Robert Patriot Aug. 16 Discharged, Jan. _____ '62, disability
Killen, William Fort Wayne Aug. 16 Vet.' app'd Corps., Serg.' promoted Captain
Kibbler, Godfrey W. Warsaw Aug. 16 Died July 11, '62
Knight, Perry C. New York, N. y. Aug. 16 Vet.; wounded at Pea Ridge; mustered out Aug. 28, '65
Kyle, George Patriot Aug. 16 Vet.; capt'd Cedar Creek, Must'd out July 26, '65 as Corp.
Lakeman Thomas J. Switzerland co. Aug. 16 Vet.; mustered out Aug. 28, '65
Larner, Lawrence Sunmans Aug. 16 Ver.; mustered out Aug. 28, '65 as Corporal
Livingston, James W. Versailles Aug. 16 Died Jan. 27, '62
Livingston, William Versailles Aug. 16 Discharged March _____, '63, disability
Love, David T. Patriot Aug. 16 Mustered out Aug. 18, '64, as Corporal
Lutton, Henry Switzerland co. Aug. 16 Veteran; mustered out Aug. 28, '65, as Corporal
Lucas, Calvin Warsaw Aug. 16 Discharged, Jan. _____, '62, disability
Mahoney, Cornielus J. Aurora Aug. 16 Died, June 25, '63
Mathews, Lafayette Sunmans Aug. 16 Died, Oct. _____ '61
Mead, Henrico Patriot Aug. 16 Discharged Dec. 9, '63, disability
Mishler, Noah Warsaw Aug. 16 Discharged Dec. 9, '63, disability
Moulton William A. Patriot Aug. 16 Vet.; mustered out June 12, '65
Montanye, Lemuel H. Switzerland co. Aug. 16 Mustered out Aug. 18, '64, as Sergeant
McPherson, Joseph Warsaw Aug. 16 Mustered out Aug. 18, '64
McPherson, Solomon Switzerland co. Aug. 16 Discharged, Nov. 28, '62, disability
McCabe, John Switzerland co. Aug. 16 Vet.; mustered out Aug. 28, '65, as waggoner
Parker, Henry Switzerland co. Aug. 16 Discharged, Jan. _____, '62, disability
Pomoroy, Uriah New York N. Y. Aug. 16 Died Nov. '62
Richmond, Edwin R. Patriot Aug. 16 Died at St. Louis, Mo. Nov. '62
Richards, James A. Switzerland co. Aug. 16 Veteran; deserted Aug. 8, '64
Risley, Lineus W. Rising Sun Aug. 16 Discharged disability (of unsound mind)
Roberts, Asbury Patriot Aug. 16 Deserted; Middlebrook Mo., March 63; ret'd
Rony Peter Osgood Aug. 16 Mustered out Aug. 18, '64
Ross, Daniel Patriot Aug. 16 Transferred to Marine Brigg; Dec. 1, '62
Seamen, Samuel C. Warsaw Aug. 16 Veteran, wounded; mustered out Aug. 28, '65
Shackleford, John H. Versailles Aug. 16 Vet.; wou'd; must. out Sept. 23, '65 as 1st. Serg.
Sisk, John Warsaw Aug. 16 Deserted; Sept. '62
Swaker, Henry Patriot Aug. 16 Mustered out Aug. 18, '64
Tait, William L. Switzerland co. Aug. 16 Mustered out Aug. 18, '64; as Corporal
Tennyson, Thomas Olean Aug. 16 Vet.; mustered out Aug. 28, '65
Ward, Charles Greensburg Aug. 16 Vet.; mustered out Aug. 28, '65, as Corporal
Winscott, Thomas Patriot Aug. 16 Died August 8, '64
Wiley, Allen Switzerland co. Aug. 16 Deserted, Middlebrook Mo., March 12, '63
Zinn, William Aurora Aug. 16 Discharged, Dec. _____ '62, disability
 
Recruits
Evans, George Wounded
Gillen, Hugh Transferred to V.R.C.; mustered out Nov. 15, '65
Gatlock, Green Died, Nov. 24, '63
Landruff, George Wounded
Maker, Jacob Transferred to V.R.C.; mustered out Nov. 15, '65
Shepherd, Henry Died, Jan. 17, '63
White, John P. Florence Sept. 16 Wounded, Magnolia Hills and Opequan; must'd out Aug. 11, '65, as Corporal


NOTE:  The Veteran Reserve Corps (originally the Invalid Corps) was a military reserve organization created within the Union Army during the American Civil War to allow partially disabled or otherwised infirmed soldiers (or former soldiers) to perform light duty, freeing able-bodied soldiers to serve on the front lines

The title "Veteran Reserve Corps" was substituted for that of "Invalid Corps" by General Order No. 111, dated March 18, 1864. The men serving in the Veteran Reserve Corps were organized into two battalions; the First Battalion including those whose disabilities were comparatively slight and who were still able to handle a musket and do some marching, also to perform guard or provost duty. The Second Battalion was made up of men whose disabilities were more serious, who had perhaps lost limbs or suffered some other grave injury. These latter were commonly employed as cooks, orderlies, nurses, or guards in public buildings.

-- Sheila Kell