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11th Indiana at the Battle of Shiloh
April 6-7, 1862

Source: Indiana at Shiloh - Report of the Commission.  Compiled by John W. Coons and issued
by the Indiana Shiloh National Park Commission.  Wm Buford Press, Indianapolis. 1904.


11th Indiana Monument at Shiloh National Military Park

The location of the Monument erected by the State of Indiana, in memory of her Eleventh 
Regiment Infantry Volunteers, on Shiloh National Military Park, at Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee:

Line 112, Station 96-75 and 60 feet west, in Crescent field, 325 feet west of the Seventy-fifth
Ohio monument and about 275 feet east of the Twenty-fourth Indiana Regiment Monument location.

Inscription on Front of Monument

11TH
REGIMENT
INFANTRY
(ZOUAVES)

COMMANDED BY COL. GEORGE F. McGINNIS

1ST BRIGADE-COL. M. L. SMITH 
3D  DIVISION-MAJ. GEN.  LEWIS WALLACE

ARMY  OF THE  TENNESSEE

INDIANA

Historical Inscription on Back of Monument

11 TH INFANTRY

COMMANDED BY COL. GEORGE F. McGINNIS

from crump's landing, april 6, 1862, this regiment marched to stony lonesome; thence, 12 m. to a point near clear creek; countermarching there, it reached battlefield, via savannah road, 7:30 p.m. april 7th, engaged enemy 5:30 a.m., drove him back to this position, where it was furiously assailed for two hours. enemy gave way. pursued him till nightfall, halting on south side of shiloh branch. casualties—killed, 11 men; wounded, 1 officer and 50 men; total, 62.

 

Eleventh Infantry

The Eleventh Regiment was distinguished not only as a fighting regiment, but had the honor of furnishing one Major General and two Brigadier Generals who served their country in the field and in civil life with honor and distinction.

The regiment was organized and mustered into service for three months at Indianapolis on the 25th of April, 1861, with Lewis Wallace as Colonel. In the early part of May it moved to Evansville, where it remained on duty blockading the Ohio River to prevent the shipping of contraband goods to insurrectory States. On the 7th of June the regiment left Evansville for Cumberland, Maryland, and was assigned to General Thomas A. Morris's First Indiana Brigade and placed on detached service. Under instruction from General Robert Patterson it marched against a force of about five hundred Confederates at Romney, Virginia, which influenced General J. E. Johnson in his decision to evacuate Harper's Ferry. A skirmish at Kelley Island, with the loss of one man, and a few marches thereafter, ended the three months' service. In the latter part of July the regiment reached Indianapolis for muster-out and reorganization. It was mustered into the three years' service on the 31st day of August, 1861, with Lew Wallace as Colonel, and left Indianapolis for St. Louis, Missouri, on the 6th of September. On the 8th the regiment embarked on a steamer for Paducah, Kentucky, where Lieutenant Colonel George F. McGinnis was made Colonel, vice Lew Wallace, appointed Brigadier General.

During its long encampment at Paducah, by daily drilling and instructions the regiment became very efficient and was recognized afterward as one of the best drilled regiments in the army. It marched to Calloway's Landing, on the Tennessee River, and returned to Paducah. On the 5th of February the regiment was transported by steamer to the vicinity of Fort Henry, disembarking on the opposite side, near Fort Heiman, where a slight skirmish took place. It was actively engaged in the battle of Fort Donelson, and after its surrender returned to Fort Heiman, where, on the 6th of March, it was transported by steamboat to Crump's Landing. From there it marched, on the 6th of April, to Stony Lonesome, thence at noon to a point near Clear Creek. Countermarching there, it reached the battlefield via Savannah road at 7.30 o'clock p.m., and at 5.30 o'clock on the morning of the 7th formed into line of battle and took position on the left of Thompson's Ninth Indiana Battery, under command of First Lieutenant George R. Brown, supporting the same. Skirmishers were deployed, and after occupying this position for a considerable length of time the regiment was ordered to advance and take a position half a mile to the front, on a hill, and within five hundred yards of a rebel battery. The position at this point was on the right of Thompson's Battery, where it was held under a heavy fire from the enemy's guns for two hours, when the enemy gave way, followed up by the Eleventh. The advance was slow but steady and certain.

About 10 o'clock the regiment was notified that, in conjunction with the Twenty-fourth Indiana, it would be required to charge and take a rebel battery, but as the enemy vacated their position the order to charge was not given.

At 12 o'clock the rebels made their appearance in large numbers in the immediate front of the regiment, and a steady and long-continued fire upon them was the result, and such a deadly and destructive fire was poured into them that their advance was stopped, and after a desperate struggle to maintain their ground they were forced to retreat, doggedly falling back.

At 2:30 o'clock the Federal forces were falling back, while the enemy was advancing. During this, the most trying moment of the day, orders were received to fall back if it got too hot, but as there were three regiments ready to support the Eleventh in its immediate rear, it did not fall back, but held its position throughout. Fortunately, and much to its relief, at this critical moment the Thirty-second Indiana, Colonel August Willich, came up to its support, and with their assistance the advancing enemy was compelled to retire. The regiment moved into line at once and again made a forward movement, halting on the south side of Shiloh Branch, when it received three cheers—the intelligence that the rebel army was in full retreat.

 

Lew Wallace at the Battle of Shiloh

Major General Lewis Wallace, commanding Third Division, Army of the Tennessee, in the Battle of Shiloh, April 6 and 7, 1862.  During the second day's battle General Wallace had command of the right wing of the Union Army and successfully kept turning the enemy's left during the day's battle; was on the advance line when the battle closed, halting on the south side of Shiloh Branch.