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 Fifth Regiment--Was composed of seven companies of the Legion, and three of Minute Men. Henry county furnished two companies; Randolph, two; and Union, Putnam, Hancock, Wayne, Clinton and Madison counties, each one company. The companies of the Legion were named as follows: A, Union Guards; B, Union Defenders; D, Liberty Tigers; E, Hancock Guards; F, Abington Home Guards; G, Union Guards; H, Green Township Rangers. The regiment was organized on the 12th of July, 1863, and contained an aggregate of seven hundred and thirteen rank and file, with Kline G. Shryock as Colonel. It at once left Indianapolis for Lawrenceburg. Upon reaching Morris Station, the command disembarked from the cars, and, throwing out pickets, bivouacked for the night. Next morning the march was made to Sunman's Station, where great alarm existed among the citizens, caused by the approach of the enemy. The regiment pushed on to Van Wedden's Station, were the rebels were reported to be, but found that the enemy had left, after destroying the railroad. The regiment joined the pursuit of Morgan, until near Harrison, Ohio. It then marched to Lawrenceburg. There being a report that Morgan's forces were returning to capture Lawrenceburg, the regiment moved out to check him, and while getting in to position an indiscriminate firing took place among the men, resulting in killing eight and wounding twenty. The regiment returned to Indianapolis on the 18th of July, 1863 and was mustered out.