The Civil War in the East

27th Indiana Infantry Regiment

The 27th Indiana Infantry Regiment Infantry Regiment lost 10 officers and 159 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 2 officers and 131 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.


The regiment is honored by a monument on the Chancellorsville battlefield and another monument on the Gettysburg battlefield (at right) .

monument to the 27th Indiana Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg


September 12

Organized at Indianapolis, Ind., and mustered in under Colonel Silas Colgrove

September 15

Left State for Washington, D.C. Attached to Stile's 3rd Brigade, Banks' Division, Army of the Potomac; Operations in District of the Upper Potomac and camp at Frederick City, Md.

March, 1862

Attached to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, Banks' 5th Army Corps

March 3-9

Movement into the Shenandoah Valley, Va., and occupation of Winchester, Va.

March 13


March 23-25

Advance toward Manassas

April, 1862

Dept. of the Shenandoah

May 15-June 17

Pursuit of Jackson up the Shenandoah Valley and operations in the Shenandoah Valley

May 23

Buckton Station, Middletown and Front Royal

May 24


May 25

Battle of Winchester

May 25-26

Retreat to Williamsport, Md.

June, 1862

Attached to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 2nd Corps, Army of Virginia; Duty at Front Royal

The regiment's Belgian rifles were replaced by Enfield rifles.

July 6 - August 6

At Little Washington

August 9

Battle of Cedar Mountain

August 16

Pope's Campaign in Northern Virginia

August 28-30

Guard trains of the army during battle of Bull Run



Attached to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 12th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac

September 6

Maryland Campaign

September 16-17

Battle of Antietam

The regiment lost 41 killed and 168 wounded out of 443 men engaged during intense fighting in the Cornfield.

September 18

Moved to Harper's Ferry, W. Va.; Picket duty from Harper's Ferry to Opequan Creek and duty at Fairfax Station and Stafford Court House

December 12-16

March to Fredericksburg, Va.


January 20-24

Burnside's 2nd Campaign, "Mud March"

January 25

At Stafford Court House

April 27

Chancellorsville Campaign

April 29

Germania Ford

May 2-5

Battle of Chancellorsville

From the monument on Berry-Paxton Drive:

Held this position from 7p.m. May 2nd to 9 a.m. May 3rd, 1863.
Present for duty 300
Killed 36, Wounded 114

June 11

Gettysburg Campaign

July 1-3

Battle of Gettysburg

The regiment was commanded by Colonel Silas Cosgrove until he took command of the brigade on July 2nd. Lieutenant Colonel John R. Fesler then took over the regiment.


From the monument:

This monument marks the ground over which the left wing of the 27th Indiana advanced in a charge made by the regiment on the morning of July 3rd, 1863. Number engaged 339. Killed and wounded 110. Missing, one


Silas Colgrove Col. The 27th was organized in August 1861 for three years or during the war. Reenlisted Jan. 1864. Consolidated with the 70th Ind. Aug. 1864. Mustered out in July 1865

July 5-24

Pursuit of Lee, to Manassas Gap, Va.

August 15 - September 5

On detached duty in New York during draft disturbances

September 24-October 3

Movement to Bridgeport, Ala. Transferred to Army of the Cumberland

October 4

Guarding Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad at Elkwater Bridge and Tullahoma, Tenn.


January 24

Regiment Veteranize at Tullahoma, Tenn.


2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 20th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland

May 1 to September 8

Atlanta Campaign

May 8-11

Demonstration on Rocky Faced Ridge

May 14-15

Battle of Resaca

The regiment lost 68 casualties while capturing the colonel, colors and many of the men of the 38th Alabama Infantry Regiment

May 19

Near Cassville

May 25

New Hope Church

May 25 - June 5

Operations on line of Pumpkin Vine Creek and batties about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills

June 10 - July 2

Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain

June 11-14

Pine Hill

June 15-17

Lost Mountain

June 15

Gilgal or Golgotha Church

June 17

Muddy Creek

June 19

Noyes Creek

June 22

Kolb's Farm (Peachtree Creek)

Colonel Colgrove was badly wounded. Lieutenant Colonel Fesler took command of the regiment.

June 27

Assault on Kenesaw

July 4

Ruff's Station, Smyrna Camp Ground

July 5-17

Chattahoochie River

July 19-20

Peach Tree Creek

July 25 -
August 25

Siege of Atlanta

August 26 - September 2

Operations at Chattahoochie River Bridge

September 2 - November 4

Occupation of Atlanta

November 4

Mustered out. Veterans and Recruits transferred to 70th Indiana Infantry.

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