Field & Staff with Officers of Companies---NCO Staff
Late on the evening of the 8gth 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 Fourth Regiment--Consisted of six companies of Minute Men, and four of the Legion. Six companies were from Decatur county, and Fayette, Madison, Marion and rush counties furnished one company each. The companies of the Legion bere the following titles: A, Milroy Grays; B, Steven's rifles; D, Newport rifles; I, Action Guards. The regiment was organized at Greenburg, with James Gavin as Colonel, on the 10th of July, 1863, and contained an aggregate of seven hundred and nineteen rank and file. From Greensburg it moved to Sunman's Station; from thence it proceeded to Lawrenceburg, and then marched toward Harrison, Ohio. After Morgan's escape into Ohio, the regiment returned to Greensburg, and was mustered out on the 18th of July, 1863.