Field & Staff with Officers of Companies
This regiment was organized at Indianapolis on the 20th of July, 1862, with James Gavin as Colonel, to serve for the period of thirty days, to repel a guerilla raid. On the 16th of July, 1862, a band of guerillas from Kentucky, crossed the Ohio river at Newburg, and captured and paroled about eighty convalescent soldiers in the hospital at that place, and also captured State arms and other property.
Colonel James Gavin, of the Seventh Indiana, and Colonel John T. Wilder, of the Seventeenth Indiana Volunteers, being at their home in Greensburg, proposed to raise several hundred men, to serve for thirty days, for the purpose of pursuing and punishing the depredators. Their proposition was accepted, and in the brief space of forty eight hours, a regiment was raised, mustered, armed, equipped and organized as the Seventy-Sixth Regiment, and at once left for Evansville, Indiana, and Henderson, Kentucky. The regiment remained in the neighborhood of Henderson, Kentucky, during its term of service, having several severe skirmishes with guerillas and losing a number of officers and men. Companies "G" and "H" were employed as guards to protect steamboats on the Ohio river, and did effective service.