Company A, 47th Indiana Volunteer Infantry

Daniel Hilton

Benjamin Jones

A great-grandfather, John Kennedy, served in Company A, 47th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. An excerpt from the roll of enlisted men serving in Company A:

Name                                         Residence         Muster 1861      Remarks

Kennedy, John Bluffton Nov. 2 Veteran; mustered out Oct. 23, ’65
Louis, John B. Reiffsburg Nov. 2 Veteran; mustered out Oct. 23, ’65, as 1st Serg’t.
Lynch, Chaney W. R. Bluffton Nov. 2 Vet.; drop’d as des’r July 8, ’65, mus.out Mar. 22, ’66
Mechling, Levi Bluffton Nov. 2 Died at Mound City, Ill., Sept. 21, ’62
McGlauglin, Theodore Reiffsburg Nov. 2 Died at Benton, Mo., March 29, ’62
McLain, Andrew B. Indianapolis Nov. 2 Veteran; mustered out Oct. 23, ’65
Milliken, Alfred M. Bluffton Nov. 2 Deserted, killed on way to rejoin Regiment.

It doesn’t say how the deserter, Alfred M. Milliken, was killed – was he executed for desertion or did he die by other means?

The photo above is of Daniel Hilton who served in Company A.  You can read online a short account of his time in the army including the movements and actions of the 47th:

We made three attacks on Vicksburg from different sides by way of Chickasaw Bluff, Yazoo River and then from the rear under General Grant.After a siege of nearly two months time, Vicksburg was taken. After the capture of Vicksburg, we were transferred from the Thirteenth Corps under General McClernand to the Nineteenth Corps under General William H. Emory. Leaving Vicksburg by steamer we went down the river to New Orleans, camping at Carlton, six miles above the city. After some service there, we moved to New Iberia, Louisiana where we remained until December. We re-enlisted in the United States Service for three years more, having served two years.

The government gave us $402 for re-enlistment and a 39 day furlough. On arriving at home I found that my wife had gone to visit her Uncle William Fox in Pickwick County, Ohio. I followed her there and after visiting a few days with them we returned to her Father’s place. While at home, I purchased eighty acres of land in Wells County. This land became our home place.

Returning to New Orleans, I arrived just in time to be sent to the assistance of General Banks, who had been defeated by Dick Taylor at Mansfield, Louisiana. We were placed on board a transport and rushed up the river, meeting Bank’s forces at Alexandria, Louisiana, (early March 1864) on the Red River. After several engagements we retreated to Morganza Bend on the Mississippi River. From this place we were in two expeditions against the Rebs, on July 28th 1864 on the Atchalafaya River. After staying some time at this place we took a steamer for New Orleans to organize for a movement against Sabine Pass going to Opelousas, Louisiana. Returning to New Orleans, we were reorganized for the capture of Mobile, Alabama, concentrating our forces on Dauphine Island and at the entrance of Mobile Bay. We were under the command of General Gordan Granger. After the capture of the city by a thirteen day siege of Spanish Fort, we took the earthen defenses of Fort Blakely in March and early April, our Division Commander became General Veach. On 9 April, General Hawkins’s Negro troops distinguished themselves by capturing much of Fort Blakely.

After these battles were won, we camped at Spring Hill, six miles West of Mobile. After remaining there for a short time, we were ordered to Shreveport, Louisiana to gather a lot of cotton and other supplies left at that place by General Kirby Smith and Joe Shelby.

We remained at this place as Provost Guards from the last of April until the middle of October, when we took a boat and went down the river to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where our discharge papers were made out; when we again took a steamer for our trip home. Arriving at Indianapolis, we were paid off November 2, 1865, having been in the service four years.

The second photo is of Benjamin Jones who was a sergeant in Company A. A very short biography can be found online here.

More photos of soldiers from the 47th Indiana Volunteer Infantry can be found here.

A history of the 47th Indiana is online.

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One response to “Company A, 47th Indiana Volunteer Infantry

  1. J. Sam McGibbon

    My ancestor, Elijah Thrailkill, was killed in a skirmish at Brown’s Plantation, Miss., Aug. 11 1862. I have been unable to find additional
    information about this event.
    Elijah is buried at the Mossburg cem., Wells co., Indiana.
    I have a picture of his tombstone.

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