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is rather inactive, there being no necessity for active operations, although retaining the organization.
I respectfully call your attention to the arms furnished by the State. They are the best, we are informed, that could be had when furnished, but are not such as would do to depend on in active service. Many of them are almost useless. They are of different caliber, which would be a very serious difficulty, if called into an engagement of a few hours duration.
I am indebted to Lieutenant-Colonel Gwathway and Major Johnson, for valuable services rendered in the management and control of the men. Adjutant Sontag has also aided me very much, and lessened the burdens of the command materially. I also commend the company officers for their zeal, efficiency and promptitude, and the inen for strict obedience to orders when on duty, and feel not a little pride in saying that the Second Regiment exbibits a proficiency and accuracy in the drill seldoin excelled by volunteers in the service.
The following companies compose the Second Regiment, under my immediate command. Also, subjoined are the companies formed in the county, and are not yet organized into regiments:
NAME OF COMPANY.
There are two or three other companies in the county, but only partly organized, and are not included in the above list.
I have the honor to be,
Your obedient servant,
WM. E. HOLLINGSWORTH,
R E PORT
COLONEL DANIEL F. BATES,
COMMANDING THIRD REGIMENT, FIRST BRIGADE,
INDIANA LEGION, HEADQUARTERS THIRD REGIMENT, First BRIGADE,
Newburg, Ind., December 22, 1862.
Brigadier-General James E. Blythe:
Dear Sir:- In compliance with the request of Major-General John Love, received by me December 14, I make to you the following report of the services rendered, &c., of the Third Regiment of the First Brigade of the Indiana Legion:
The Third Regiment was organized by me in the year 1861. organized six companies in 1861; in the summer and fall of that year, these companies became, some of them, so decimated, that in the spring three of them were disbanded, the officers and a great many of the men having gone into the volunteer service. Up to this tinie, Captain Union Bethell's and Captain R. R. Roberts companies, of Newburg, had done good service, we having frequent alarms, and the men doing guard duty every night for many
In the spring of 1862, we had some company drills, but all the
companies had been so thinned out by their volunteering, that, after consulting with you, we thought it best to call in all the
This I did some time in June. This having been done, the friends of Adam R. Johnson no doubt notified him of the fact, and on the 18th day of August, 1862, the soil of Indiana was invaded by the thief, Adam R. Johnson, and one hundred muskets, seventyfive sabers, and one hundred and thirty holsters and pistols stolen. These muskets were, at this time, in the hospital at Newburg; the sabers and pistols were in a wareroom, and had never been takeu out of the boxes they were sent in.
I immediately notificd my companies in the county, whose guns had al-u been returned to their captains, and as soon as time would admit, we had five companics ready with arms for duty. The rebel thief knowing that his work must be done quickly, made all the dispatch possible, and had gotten safely across the river before we arrived in town. This, as a inatter of course, threw the whole county into a perfect state of excitement. I kept the comipanies in camp at Newburg three days, and quiet secming to be restored, I permitted them to go to their homes in day-time, but required them to stand guard on the Ohio river every night along the whole border of Warrick county, from that time until about the 1st of November. The citizens of Warrick county became so aroused, that I organized seven new companies, two of which are parts of Bethell's and R. R. Roberts' companies. We had, on the 15th of September last, nine companies of infantry, one company of artillery, and one company of cavalry.
About this time, the country in the vicinity of Greene river, in Kentucky, was being infested by guerrillas. The thief, Adam R. Johnson, not having left that country yet, I received orders from you to go into camp at Newburg with my mnen. I immediately notified the different company commanders, and went into camp with eight companies, and remained four days. The excitement seeming to gradually decrease, and this also being the most busy season of the year for the most of the regiment, they nearly al) being farmers, and nearly all of them raising tobacco, they were sacrificing their crops to a great extent, and, with your permission, I allowed them to go to their farms in day-time, but detailed onethird of each company for guard duty at night. These were of the companies that were from the country, and those from town did the scouting in day-time, and saw that all the water-crafts were kept on this side of the Ohio river.
Some time later than this—I do not remember the precise time -there was a requisition made on me by the colonel commanding the post at Owensboro, stating that the guerrillas had killed Colonel Netter and taken possession of the town, and that if he did not get immediate reinforcements, the rebels would certainly overpower him and capture all the Government arms and supplies at his camp. I summoned my men together, and asked for volunteers to go with me to Owensboro. Three hundred and fifty infantry and fifty cavalry volunteered at once, and we got on a Government boat and went up to Owensboro to offer them all the assistance in our power; but fortunately for Colonel Netter's regiment, Colonel Crook, with the Fourth Regiment of the Legion, came to their rescue, and the day we arrived had given the rebels a most beautiful thrashing. We remained with them one day, and, not deeming it necessary to stay any longer, returned homc.
In the meantime, our town of Newburg was threatened again, and Major Roberts called on Captain Johnson and Captain Barnett to again come into camp at Newburg, which call was promptly responded to by each company, numbering about seventyfive men each. On my arrival home, I broke up the camp, and sent the men home again. Since that time up to the 1st of November, we kept vigilant guard, and were all the time on the alert, but have had no alarms to call us into camp.
The following companies have been organized since the first formation of the regiment: Captain Robert Perigo, Captain Joshua F. Roberts, and Captain Peter Taylor. Besides these there was Captain Union Bethell, Captain R. R. Roberts, and Captain Larkin Floyd, whose companies became so decimated by the men volunteering in the United States volunteer service, that they were disbanded.
Apart from these were the coinpanies that I have organized during the past summer, as follows: Captain Squire Johnson, Captain James Barnett, Captain John Darby, Captain John R. Bell, Captain James Phillips, Captain William Bryan, Captain William T. Stone of the cavalry company, and Captain Toost Mooga commanding the artillery company.
These companies were all organized under the militia law, and are well officered. The following companies have arms, and have done good service: Captain Peter Taylor, Belgian rities; Captain Perigo, altered muskets; Captain John Darby and Captain Bell, Belgian rifles; Captain J. F. Roberts, fifty Enfield rifles, and forty altered muskets;