32nd Indiana Infantry

The 32nd Indiana Infantry— the 1st German

  Col. August Willich, 

Library of Congress, Metzner Collection

Brevet Major General
Born: November 19, 1810, Braunsberg Prussia 
Died: Jan. 22, 1878, St. Marys, Ohio

  Capt. Adolph Metzner                                                                                Capt. William Urlan, 
Library of Congress, Metzner Collection


 Kent State University Press has released a book about the 32nd Indiana Infantry entitled: August Willich's Gallant Dutchmen: Civil War Letters from the 32nd Indiana Infantry. The book contains a unique collection of letters written by several officers and men of Indiana's highly acclaimed 1st German Indiana Regiment.

The letters were of translated and edited by Joseph R. Reinhart.

Mike Peake's book Blood Shed in this War, Civil War Illustrations by Captain Adolph Metzner, 32nd Indiana is scheduled to be released by the Indiana Historical Society at the end of this year (2010), 

 ORGANIZATION AND SERVICE of the 32nd INDIANA from Dyer's Compendium

ORGANIZED at Indianapolis, Ind., and mustered in August 24, 1861. Left State for Louisville, Ky., September 28, thence moved to New Haven, Ky., and to Camp Nevin, Ky., and duty there until December 9. Picketing south side of Green River and protecting working parties. Action at Rowlett's Station, Woodsonville, December 17. Regiment specially complimented by General Buell for its gallantry. At Munfordsville, Ky., until February, 1862. Attached to Johnson's Brigade, McCook's Command at Nolin, Ky., October-November, 1861. 6th Brigade, Army of the Ohio, to December, 1861. 6th Brigade, 2nd Division, Army of the Ohio, to September, 1862. 6th Brigade, 2nd Division, 1st Corps, Army of the Ohio, to November, 1862. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, Right Wing 14th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to January, 1863. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 20th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to October, 1863. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 4th Army Corps, to October, 1864. Post of Chattanooga, Tenn., Dept. of the Cumberland, to November, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 1st Separate Division, District of the Etowah, Dept. of the Cumberland, to June, 1865. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 4th Army Corps, to August, 1865. Dept. of Texas to December, 1865.

SERVICE.--March to Bowling Green, Ky., thence to Nashville, Tenn., February 10-March 3, 1862. March to Savannah, Tenn., March 16-April 6. Battle of Shiloh, Tenn., April 6-7. Advance on and siege of Corinth, Miss., April 29-May 30. Pursuit to Booneville May 31-June 12. Buell's Campaign in Northern Alabama and Middle Tennessee June to August. March to Louisville, Ky., in pursuit of Bragg August 21-September 26. Pursuit of Bragg into Kentucky October 1-15. Chesser's Store October 9. March to Nashville, Tenn., October 16-November 7, and duty there until December 26. Advance on Murfreesboro December 26-30. Battle of Stone's River December 30-31, 1862, and January 1-3, 1863. Duty at Murfreesboro until June. Reconnaissance from Murfreesboro March 6-7. Christiana and Middleton March 6. Middle Tennessee or Tullahoma Campaign June 22-July 7. Liberty Gap June 22-24, and June 24-27. Occupation of Middle Tennessee until August 16. Passage of the Cumberland Mountains and Tennessee River and Chickamauga (Ga.) Campaign August 16-September 22. Battle of Chickamauga September 19-20. Siege of Chattanooga, Tenn., September 24-November 23. Reopening Tennessee River October 26-29. Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign November 23-27. Orchard Knob November 23-24. Battle of Mission Ridge November 25. Pursuit to Graysville November 26-27. March to relief of Knoxville, Tenn., November 28-December 8. Operations in East Tennessee until April, 1864. Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign May 1-September 8. Demonstrations on Rocky Faced Ridge and Dalton May 8-13. Buzzard's Roost Gap May 8-9. Battle of Resaca May 14-15. Adairsville May 17. Near Cassville May 19. Advance on Dallas May 22-25. Operations on line of Pumpkin Vine Creek, and Battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills, May 25-June 5. Battle of Pickett's Mills May 27. Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10-July 2. Pine Hill June 11-14. Lost Mountain June 15-17. Assault on Kenesaw June 27. Ruff's Station, Smyrna Camp Ground, July 4. Chattahoochee River July 5-17. Peach Tree Creek July 19-20. (Non-Veterans ordered home July, participated in expedition from Mt. Vernon, Ind., into Kentucky, August 16-22. Skirmishes at White Oak Springs August 17. Gouger's Lake August 18. Smith's Mills August 19. Mustered out September 7, 1864.) Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25. Flank movement on Jonesboro August 25-30. Battle of Jonesboro August 31-September 1. Lovejoy Station September 2-6. Veterans and Recruits consolidated to a Battalion of four Companies, and ordered to Chattanooga, Tenn., September 6. Duty there until June, 1865. Ordered to New Orleans, La., June 16, thence to Texas, July. Duty at Green Lake and San Antonio until December. Mustered out December 4, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 7 Officers and 174 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 96 Enlisted men by disease. Total 268.

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