Field & Staff with Officers of Companies
Late on the evening of the 8th of July, 1863, intelligence was received at Indianapolis that a rebel force, estimated to be six thousand cavalry, with four pieces of artillery, under command of General John H. Morgan, had crossed the Ohio River, near Maueckport, and was moving on Cordon, Indiana. Governor Morton at once issued a patriotic call upon the citizens of the state, to leave their various occupations and organize for defense.
Under this call, within the short space of forty-eight hours, sixty-five thousand men had tendered their services. Of this force, thirteen regiments and one battalion were organized specially for this emergency, and the regiments designated numerically, from One Hundred and Second to One Hundred and Fourteenth, inclusive, the battalion being assigned to the One Hundred and Seventh Regiment.
The One Hundred and Second Regiment--Consisted of companies of the Indiana Legion, organized as Minute Men, from Boone county, with designations as follows: A, Boone County Buck Tails; B, Loyal Guards; C, Jefferson Guards; D, Hoosier guards; E, Rough and Readys; F, Boone Independents; G, Indiana Light Guards; I, Morton Guards; K, Harrison and Perry Guards. It was organized with Benjamin M. Gregory as Colonel, on the 10th of July 1863, and contained an aggregate of six hundred and twenty-three rank and file. The regiment left Indianapolis on the Madison railroad on the afternoon of July 11th, and reached North Vernon at three o'clock on the morning of the 12th; thence marched to Vernon, in which vicinity the rebel force had encamped the previous day. A number of horses were impressed, and Company "K" mounted and dispatched in pursuit of the enemy. The regiment then moved to Dupont, and thence to Osgood. On the 14th the regiment marched to Sunman's Station, and on the 17th returned to Indianapolis and was mustered out.