69th Indiana Infantry Regiment
|69th Regiment Indiana Infantry|
|Active||August 19, 1862, to July 5, 1865|
|Engagements||Battle of Richmond
Yazoo Pass Expedition
Battle of Chickasaw Bayou
Battle of Arkansas Post
Battle of Port Gibson
Battle of Champion Hill
Battle of Big Black River Bridge
Siege of Vicksburg, May 19 & May 22 assaults
Bayou Teche Campaign
Red River Campaign
Battle of Fort Blakely
The regiment was attached to Manson's Brigade, Army of Kentucky, Department of the Ohio. Attached to 1st Brigade, 9th Division, Right Wing, XIII Corps, Department of the Tennessee, to December 1862. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, Sherman's Yazoo Expedition, to January 1863. 1st Brigade, 9th Division, XIII Corps, Army of the Tennessee, to July 1863. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, XIII Corps, Army of the Tennessee, to August 1863, and Department of the Gulf to March 1864. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, XIII Corps, to June 1864. 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, XIX Corps, Department of the Gulf, to December 1864. District of Southern Alabama, Department of the Gulf, December 1864. 3rd Brigade, Reserve Corps, Military Division West Mississippi, to February 1865. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, Reserve Corps, Military Division West Mississippi, February, 1865. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, XIII Corps, Military Division West Mississippi, to July 1865.
The 69th Indiana Infantry mustered out of service July 5, 1865.
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Left Indiana for Lexington, Ky., August 20. Battle of Richmond, Ky., August 30. Regiment captured August 30; paroled and sent to Indianapolis, Ind. Reorganized at Indianapolis until November 27, 1862. Left Indiana for Memphis, Tenn., November 27, 1862. Sherman's Yazoo Expedition December 20, 1862, to January 3, 1863. Chickasaw Bayou December 26–28. Chickasaw Bluff December 29. Expedition to Arkansas Post, Ark., January 3–10, 1863. Assault and capture of Fort Hindman, Arkansas Post, January 10–11. Moved to Young's Point, La., January 17, and duty there until March 8. Moved to Milliken's Bend, La., March 8, and duty there until April 25. Roundaway Bayou, Richmond, March 31. Operations from Milliken's Bend to New Carthage March 31-April 17. James' Plantation, near New Carthage, April 6. Movement on Bruinsburg and turning Grand Gulf April 25–30. Battle of Port Gibson May 1. Battle of Champion Hill May 16. Big Black Bridge May 17. Siege of Vicksburg May 18-July 4. Assaults on Vicksburg May 19 and 22. Advance on Jackson, Miss., July 4–10. Near Clinton July 8. Near Jackson July 9. Siege of Jackson July 10–17. Moved to New Orleans, La., August 13. Duty at Carrollton, Brashear City and Berwick until October. Western Louisiana "Teche" Campaign October 3-November 30. Ordered to Algiers December 13, then moved to Texas December 18. Duty at Matagorda Bay and Indianola until February 1864, and at Matagorda Island until April 19. Moved to New Orleans, thence to Alexandria, La., April 19–27. Red River Campaign April 27-May 22. Actions at Alexandria April 29 and May 2 to 9. Graham's Plantation May 5. Retreat to Morganza May 13–20. Duty at Morganza until December. Expedition to the Atchafalaya May 30-June 6. Expedition to mouth of White River and St. Charles, Ark., September 13–20. Moved to Dauphin Island, Mobile Bay, December 7. Granger's Pascagoula Expedition December 14, 1864, to January 1, 1865. Duty at Pascagoula until January 31. Consolidated to a battalion of four companies January 22. Moved to Barrancas, Fla., January 31; then to Pensacola, Fla., March 14. Steele's march through Florida to Mobile March 20-April 1. Occupation of Pollard March 26. Siege of Spanish Fort and Fort Blakely April 1–9. Assault and capture of Fort Blakely April 9. March to Montgomery and Selma April 13–22. Return to Mobile May 3 and duty there until July.
Drownings at Matagorda Bay
A tragedy of mass drownings involving the 69th Indiana occurred at Matagorda Bay, Texas, during preparations for the invasion of Texas. The regiment was ordered to assemble at Matagorda Island on the Gulf Coast of Texas in preparation for a march north to Tyler. To move from their inland camp at Indianola on Matagorda Bay to Matagorda Island, it was necessary to cross a 300-yard stretch of the bay using a ferry made up of pontoon boats tied together in a raft. The raft could carry about three companies at a time.
On Sunday afternoon, March 13, 1864, the regiment began to cross. On the raft's third trip, while carrying companies B, G, and K together with their camp followers, the raft was swamped by a swift incoming tide. Two officers and 21 enlisted men drowned, with many others carried over a mile away before they could be rescued.
The regiment lost a total of 331 men during service; 3 officers and 77 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, 3 officers and 248 enlisted men died of disease.
- Colonel Thomas Warren Bennett
- Lieutenant Colonel Harman J. Korff - commanded at the battle of Richmond
- Adjutant Maberry M. Lacey
- Colonel Thomas Warren Bennett - governor of Idaho Territory, 1871-1875; Congressional delegate from Idaho Territory, March 4, 1875, to June 23, 1876; Indiana State Senator
- Adjutant Maberry M. Lacey - chief of police, Richmond, Indiana, 1869–1873, justice of the peace, Fountain City, Indiana, 1888.
- Adams, Henry C. Jr (1911). Indiana At Vicksburg. Vicksburg National Military Park Commission. pp. 344–345.
- Bridge, Carolyn Sue. These Men Were Heroes Once: The Sixty-Ninth Indiana Volunteer Infantry (West Lafayette, IN: Twin Publications), 2005. ISBN 0-9723558-1-2 [Note: this is an audio book on compact disc.]
- Dyer, Frederick H. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion (Des Moines, IA: Dyer Pub. Co.), 1908.
- Perry, Oran. The Sergeant of Company F (Indianapolis: Wood-Weaver Print. Co.), 1908.
- This article contains text from a text now in the public domain: Dyer, Frederick H. (1908). A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. Des Moines, IA: Dyer Publishing Co.