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Brief History

This Unit was organized at Logansport, Indiana, and mustered in December 11, 1861.  It return to Lexington and garrison duty there till September, 1865. They moved to Louisville, Kentucky, and there mustered out September 4, 1865.[1]

For more information on the history of this unit,  see:

Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin

Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.

The list of companies with their counties and their rosters are on the 46th Regimen, Indiana Infantry on CIVIL WAR INDEX web site. (accessed 21 Jan 2011)

Other Sources


  • Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in ‘Indiana in the Civil War’ and ‘United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865’ (see below).
  • National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
  • Indiana in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Indiana, and how to find them.. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • The Civil War Archive. (accessed 13 Dec 2010)  Brief history of the 46th Regiments, Indiana Infantry.
  • Wikipedia (accessed 13 Dec 2010) article on the 46th Regiment, Indiana Infantry.


  • Benefiel, John K. The diary of John K. Benefiel for the year 1864 : a Civil War soldier, 46th Reg. Indiana Vol., reflecting the experiences of a Pulaski County, Indiana soldier. (Troutdale, Oregon : Mrs. R.Q. McKinney, 1972), FHL book 921.73 A1 no. 352.
  • Bringhurst, Thomas H. Main Author),History of the Forty-sixth Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry, September 1861 - September 1865 (Washington (Wilson, Humphrey & Co. Logansport ,Ind 1888)  (accessed 04 Jan 2011) FHL US/Can Film 1550181FHL1550208  Google Booksother libraries
  • Indiana infantry. 1888. History of the Forty-sixth regiment Indiana volunteer infantry, September, 1861-September, 1865. (Logansport, Ind: Press of Wilson, Humphreys & co.].)  other library   INTERNER ARCHIVE


  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (accessed 4 January 2011).


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