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Indiana Soldiers in 54th Massachusetts Infantry (1863-1865)

Submitted by Amy Johnson Crow, CG

Source: History of the Fifty-Fourth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, 1863-1865 by Luis F. Emilio (Boston: Boston Book Company, 1891). This book has been digitized and is freely available on Internet Archive.

This database includes all of the men who were listed in this book as either having enlisted from Indiana or whose last known residence was Indiana. It should not be taken as a comprehensive list of men with Indiana ties who served with the 54th Massachusetts. The majority of the entries in this book did not include a last known address. In addition, this book did not include places of birth for the enlisted men; some men could have been born in Indiana but actually enlisted from another state.

BACKGROUND: The 54th Massachusetts Infantry was an African-American regiment, formed before the Federal government began accepting blacks into the army. Men from other states, frustrated by their own states’ prohibition on blacks serving, opted to serve in the black regiments being formed by Massachusetts. The 54th Massachusetts, led by Col. Robert Gould Shaw, sustained heavy losses at Fort Wagner, South Carolina and at Olustee, Florida. Their story is depicted in the movie "Glory."

Last Name First Name Age Company Marital
Status
Occupation Where
Enlisted
When
Enlisted
Remarks
Allen James 26 A Widowed Brakeman Lafayette, Ind. 12 May 1863 Died pris. 20 Dec 1864 Florence, S.C. Captd 18 July 1863 Ft Wagner. $50 state bounty
Ampey Isom 21 K Single Farmer Newport, Ind. 12 May 1863 Discharged 20 Aug 1865. $50 state bounty. Last known residence Goblesville, Mich.
Ampey Thomas R. 26 K Single Farmer Newport, Ind. 5 May 1863 Killed 18 July 1863 Ft. Wagner. $50 state bounty.
Burkett Elisha 35 H Single Farmer Newport, Ind. 21 Apl 1863 Killed 16 July 1863 James Id., S.C. $50 state bounty
Butler William 22 D Single Farmer Boston 10 Oct 1863 Discharged 20 Aug 1865. $50 state bounty. Wounded 30 Nov 1864 Honey Hill S.C. Last known address Princeton, Ind.
Charles George T. 24 E Single Barber Richmond, Ind. 12 May 1863 Discharged 20 Aug 1865. $50 state bounty
Edrington William 21 K Single Laborer Centerville, Ind. 5 May 1863 Discharged 20 Aug 1865. Wounded Jly 1863. $50 state bounty.
Harris Hill 26 G Married Farmer Jackson, La. 9 Apl 1863 Dischared 30 Sep 1865 Boston. Wounded and pris. 30 Nov 1864 Honey Hill, S.C., released 25 Apl 1865. $50 state bounty. Last known residence Connersville, Ind.
Johnson Edward 33 G Single Laborer Evansville, Ind. 25 July 1863 Discharged 16 July 1865. Beaufort, S.C. Wounded and pris. 20 Feb 1864 Olustee, Fla. $50 state bounty
Jones William 32 H Single Laborer Indianapolis, Ind. 12 May 1863 Discharged 20 Aug 1865. Wounded 18 Jly 1863 Ft Wagner. $50 state bounty
Lewis Alfred 26 K Married Laborer Spartanburg, Ind. 5 May 1863 Corpl. Discharged 20 Aug 1865. $50 state bounty
Lewis Daniel D.H. 21 K Single Laborer Richmond, Ind. 5 May 1863 Discharged 20 Aug 1865. $50 state bounty
Lewis George 21 K Single Barber Richmond, Ind. 5 May 1863 Died 1 July 1865 Post Hos. Charleston, S.C. of disease. $50 state bounty
McCowan George T. 23 K Single Farmer Richmond, Ind. 12 May 1863 Discharged 20 Aug 1865. $50 state bounty
McCowan Pleasant 19 K Single Laborer Richmond, Ind. 5 May 1863 Corpl. Discharged 20 Aug 1865. $50 state bounty
Phillips Jeremiah 28 H Single Laborer Marshall, Mich. 21 Apl 1863 Discharged 20 Aug 1865. $50 state bounty. Last known residence Lafayette, Ind.
Pritchet Robert 18 K Single Laborer Pontiac, Ind. 5 May 1863 Discharged 20 Aug 1865. $50 state bounty
Rainer Newman 18 H Single Laborer Newport, Ind. 29 Apl 1863 Died 8 Dec 1863 Regtl. Hos Morris Id S.C. Chr Diarrhoea. $50 state bounty
Redmond William H. 21 K Married Farmer Newport, Ind. 5 May 1863 Discharged 28 Sep 1865 Boston. $50 state bounty
Robinson Milton 21 F Single Laborer Indianapolis, Ind. 12 May 1863 Discharged 20 Aug 1865. $50 state bounty
Roper David R. 22 F Single Farmer Indianapolis, Ind. 12 May 1863 Killed 18 July 1863 Ft Wagner. $50 state bounty
Walker David 22 H Single Blacksmith Battle Creek, Mich. 17 Apl 1863 Discharged 20 Aug 1865. Wounded 30 Nov 1864 Honey Hill, S.C. $50 state bounty. Last known address So. Bend, Ind.
Wilson John H. 22 K Single Blacksmith Richmond, Ind. 5 May 1863 Wounded and missing 18 July 1863 Ft. Wagner. $50 state bounty
Wilson Joseph 27 K Single Blacksmith Newport, Ind. 12 May 1863 Discharged 20 Aug 1865. Wounded July 1863. $50 state bounty.
Wilson William 29 A Single Laborer Indianapolis, Ind. 12 May 1863 Corpl. Killed 30 Apl 1865 in camp Georgetown, S.C, by S.J. Benton Co. A. $50 state bounty
Winslow John W. 24 K Single Laborer Louisville, Ind. 5 May 1863 Killed 20 Feb 1864 Olustee, Fla. $50 state bounty



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