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Brief History

This Unit was organized at Gosport and Indianapolis, Ind., February 11, 1862. It was at Richmond, Virginia, April 29-May 19 and Grand Review May 24. They moved to Louisville, Kentucky, June, and there mustered out July 17, 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 59th Regimen, Indiana Infantry on CIVIL WAR INDEX web site. (accessed 21 Jan 2011)


Companies A, D, and E - many men from Greene County  [2]

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 13 Dec 2010) article on the 59th Regiment, Indiana.
  • Matthews, James Louis (Sgt.), "Civil War Diary of Sergeant James Louis Matthews", (Indiana Magazine of History 24, no. 4 (December 1928): 306-316.), 1864-1865 ,Warrick County (Newburgh), 59th Indiana Volunteer Infantry, Co. E   Abstract and Bibliographic Information  article PDF



  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (accessed 4 January 2011).
  2. "Military History of Greence County" Chaper 8, 9, 10, in Caperton, Neda.Index of Names in the Sullivan County Section of History of Greene and Sullivan Counties, Indiana, 1884. ( [Indianapolis]: Indiana Historical Society Library, 1972.) (page 115-181, Regiment, Companies, Names), 977.242 H2hi FHL US/CAN FHL Collection other library FamilySearch Books Online


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