Scope and Contents
The collection consists of photocopies of three log books or morning books for Company B of the 66th Regiment of Indiana Infantry, which collectively date from October 17, 1862 to June 31, 1865. The three-page layout for reach monthly segment of entries in the books provides columns for duty, special duty, extra duty, daily duty, sick roll, those under arrest or confined, horses (number serviceable, number not serviceable), total number of commissioned officers, total number of enlisted men, those on detached service, those with leave, those without leave, those retained by civil authority, signature of First Sergeant, signature of Company commander, plus a full page ruled and numbered for daily entries. The cover of the first morning book in this collection notes that the previous morning book had been lost in battle near Richmond, Kentucky, on August 30, 1862.
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Orderly and First Lieutenant Benjamin F. Howell, who kept the morning book and reports of Company B of the 66th Regiment of the Indiana Infantry, was mustered into service on August 19, 1862, at which time his residence was South Boston in Washington County, Indiana. Howell was commissioned as a first lieutenant on May 16, 1865. He was mustered out of service with his regiment in June of 1865 w=as a first sergeant.
The 66th Indiana was mustered into service in August of 1862 and rushed to Kentucky where it fought in a battle near Richmond, Kentucky on August 30th. At that battle most of the regiment was captured and paroled and a copy of the morning report was lost during the battle. The regiment was ‘exchanged’ in November and was rearmed and returned to the field. They fought in the western theater and joined General Sherman on his March to the Sea, participating in a variety of battles along the way. They were mustered out of service in July of 1865.
Sources: Previous Finding Aid, Turner, Ann Guide to Indiana Civil War Manuscripts, 1965.
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