38th Regiment, Indiana Infantry

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Brief History[edit | edit source]

This Unit was organized at New Albany, Indiana, and mustered in September 18, 1861. It was ordered to Washington, D. C., via Richmond, Virginia, April 29-May 20 and Grand Review May 24. They moved to Louisville, Kentucky, June, and there mustered out July 15 1865.[1]

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

Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin[edit | edit source]

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 38th Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry on CIVIL WAR INDEX web site. (accessed 21 Jan 2011) ______________________________________________________________

Other Sources[edit | edit source]


  • 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, 1861-1865 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 38th Regiment, Indiana Infantry.


  • Company "H",  (accessed 31 Dec 2010) was principally made up from St Joseph counties. On page 729 on this book, give person from St. Joseph Country.  Howard, Timothy Edward, A History of St. Joseph County, Indiana  (Chicago, Illinois : Lewis Publishing Company, 1907 ) FHL US/CAN Book 977.289 H2h v.2 pt .2 FHL 1550208  Other libraries with this book
  • Perry, Henry Fales. History of the Thirty-Eighth Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry One of the Three Hundred Fighting Regiments of the Union Army in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865. (Palo Alto, Calif: F.A. Stuart, 1906.)   977.2 M2pe FHL US/CAN Book  FHL Collection  other libraries  Google books

References[edit | edit source]

  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (accessed 4 January 2011).
  2. "The War For The Union" in "Patrictish" Chapter 11 of Jas. T. Tartt Co. 1978. History of Gibson County, Indiana: with illustrations descriptive of its scenery, and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers. (Evansville, Ind: Unigraphic.), (page 111, Regiment,Companies, Name's),977.235 H2ga FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection other libraries