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Brief History

Organized at Indianapolis, Indiana, August 20-September 5, 1861. Mustered out August 28, 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.

  • Officer and Staff - see Roster
  • Reorganized Officer - see Roster

The list of companies with their counties and their rosters are on the 6th Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry on CIVIL WAR INDEX web site.


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.

  • Wikipedia (accessed 30 Dec 2010) articile on the 8th Regiment, Indiana Infantry.


  • Bigelow, James K. Abridged History of the Eighth Indiana Volunteer Infantry From Its Organization, April 21st, 1861, to the Date of Re-Enlistment As Veterans, January 1, 1864. (Indianapolis: E. Barnes, Book and job printer, 1864. ) FHL US/CAN Fiche 6084368 (1 fiche)  FHL Collection  other library  Google books


  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (accessed 4 January 2011).
  2. "Indiana in the Civil War" in "Military Matters" Chapter 16 of Weesner, Clarkson W. History of Wabash County, Indiana: A Narrative Account of Its Historical Progress, Its People and Its Principal Interests. (Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co, 2008.), (page 263), 977.283 H2h FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection other libraries Vol.1 INTERNET ARCHIVE Vol. 2


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