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August to December, 1863 – Four Month Gap

General Grant at Missionary Ridge, Chattanooga, Tennessee

The Diary picks up again, in summary form as noted above, from Scottsboro, Alabama on December 26, 1863.  There is no detailed information about Charles’ movements or activities during the 4 month gap in his diary, from August 12th to December 26th, 1863.

The regimental history lists the movements and actions in which the 12th Indiana regiment participated.  I can only assume that Charles’ was present with the regiment during the following events, taken from the Wikipedia article on the regiment:

  • Duty at Big Black until September 28.
  • Moved to Memphis, Tenn., then marched to Chattanooga, Tenn., September 28-November 20.
  • Operations on the Memphis & Charleston Railroad in Alabama October 20-29.
  • Chattanooga Campaign November 23-27. Tunnel Hill November 23-25. Missionary Ridge November 25.
  • March to relief of Knoxville, Tenn., November 28-December 8.
  • Duty at Scottsboro, Ala., until May 1864.

The regimental history, “From Vicksburg to Raleigh: Or, A Complete History of the Twelfth Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and the Campaigns of Grant and Sherman, with an Outline of the Great Rebellion” is available on Google Books.  The following chapters will give you some information about the regiment during this gap of time:

Chapter XI:  The Chattanooga Campaign

Chapter XII:  Relief of Knoxville


Approximate Route of Travel from Big Black River, Vicksburg to Missionary Ridge/Chattanooga, to Knoxville, with return to Chattanooga and finally to Winter Quarters at Scottsboro, Alabama.

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