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 Seventh Regiment--Was organized in Indianapolis on the 12th of July, 1863, with DeWitt C. Rugg as Colonel. Its companies were from the city of Indianapolis, and all belonged to the Legion. The following are the designations of the companies: A, First Ward Guards; B, Ninth Ward Guards; C, Seventh Ward Guards; D, Eighth Ward Guards; E, Third Ward Guards No. 1; F, Third Ward Guards No. 2; G, Second Ward Guards No. 1; H, Second Ward Guards No 2; I, City Greys; K, Sixth Ward Guards; L, Fifth Ward Guards; M, Fourth Ward Guards. Companies were so promptly tendered that a battalion of eight companies were so promptly tendered that a battalion of eight companies was organized and assigned to the regiment, the companies of which were mustered in as the Legion, and were designated as follows: A, Iron Guards; B, Indianapolis Iron Clads; C, Silver Greys; D, Independent Guards; E, Police Guards; F, Indianapolis Independent Minute Men; G, Wilcox Battery; H, Indianapolis Cavalry. The regiment was not called into the field, and was mustered out on the 18th of July, 1863.