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REPORT OF COLONEL LEWIS JORDAN.
Commanding 6th Regiment Indiana Legion.

 

Headquarters 6th Reg’t 2d Brig. Ind. Leg.,
Corydon, Ind., Aug. 11, 1863.


To L. Noble, Adjutant General of the State of Indiana:

The undersigned, Colonel of said regiment, would make the following report of the doings of said regiment during the late Morgan Raid through Indiana:

Notice was given me by Lieutenant Colonel Irvin on Tuesday evening late, the 7th July last, that at about 5 o’clock P. M. of that day, two steamboats—McCombs and Alice Dean—had been pressed by a rebel force at Brandenburg, Ky. I took immediate steps to have my regiment under arms, and ordered Major Pfrimmer to report to Lieutenant Colonel Irvin at Mauckport. I also sent Captain Farquar, of the Cavalry, with a squad of his men, that he might dispatch me all necessary information of the operations of the rebels. During the night a six pounder field piece, under the command of Major Woodbury, Captain Lamb, and a squad of men from Leavenworth, arrived opposite Brandenburgh, Ky., which opened fire on the rebels about 8 o’clock on the morning of the 8th of July, the fog having just disappeared from the river. The rebels soon succeeded in placing four field pieces in position, and sent shot and shell at our forces, driving them from their gun, killing two of our men, one of them a Lieutenant. Two companies of this regiment, the Mauckport Rifles and Heth Rifles, being near at hand, some of the men aided in firing the gun. The rebels commenced crossing in a boat, which was compelled to land a half mile or more above, as Colonel Timberlake, with a party of twelve or fifteen men, rallied to the gun, and succeeded in firing several times while the boat was crossing, but without causing any injury to the boat; they being compelled to abandon the gun. The enemy crossed over in such force, with the aid of their field pieces on the opposite side of the river, that our forces were compelled to fall back. Skirmishing was kept up on the different roads, under the direction of Major Pfrimmer (Colonel Irvin having come back to Corydon), a report of whose operations is herewith returned, until he fell back to the forces under my immediate command, six miles out on the Mauckport road (the two companies—Heth Rifles and Mauckport Rifles—having been cut off from our forces), where about two hundred men were under me, on the evening of the 8th July. I then gradually fell back on the morning of the 9th of July, to within a mile of Corydon, where I caused temporary breastworks and obstructions to be hastily made, extending my command one half mile east and west, commanding all the roads coming from the river, at which time I had under my command, of the Legion and citizens, a force of 400 to 450.

I kept out a sufficient picket force in front, who skirmished with the enemy continually on the morning of the 9th, and gradually fell back before the main force of the enemy, to my line of defences, on my main force; the rebels appearing in force all along my line about 1 o’clock P. M., on the 9th of July, first firing on my left, which was held by Captain George W. Lahue, of the Spencer Guards, who repulsed the enemy three times, losing one man, and wounding a large number of rebels; after which the rebels, being largely reinforced, Captain Lahue gradually fell back in good order; when the enemy opened along my whole line. Our forces replied to their fire, holding our position thirty minutes, when the enemy opened with three pieces of artillery, with shell and shot, and they appearing in such overwhelming numbers, seeing my forces could no longer successfully contend against such odds, I gave the order to fall back through Corydon, which was done in good order, until it was ascertained that the rebel forces had almost surrounded the town, which caused considerable confusion. The enemy commenced shelling the town; I was compelled to surrender it with such of my forces as had not escaped. Three hundred and forty-five men were paroled by General Morgan, among them about one hundred and forty members of the Legion, the others being citizens, many of whom had not been in arms, they making prisoners of all. Morgan remained in town until night, his forces robbing the stores, and levying $2100 on the mills—one hour being given to raise the money, or he would burn the mills. The money was paid.

Many of the prisoners he took were robbed of their hats, boots, and clothing; also of such amounts of money as they had on their persons. The rebels acknowledged a loss of thirty-seven. Too much praise cannot be given to the citizens generally for their aid in the fight. I am under obligations to Major Stout, of New Albany, Capt. George L. Key, Capt. J. D. Irwin, and Col. John Timberlake, who volunteered to assist, and were efficient aids in the conflict. Major Pfrimmer and Adjt. Heth acted with promptness, and were efficient in carrying out my orders. Lieut. Col. Irwin reported to me on the morning of the 9th, and left without leave before the fight commenced, and has made no satisfactory report of his doings to me since. Some action should be had in his case. In the engagement opposite Brandenburg and near Corydon, four of our men were killed, and two wounded, viz: Lieut. Current, of the Mauckport Rifles, and Harry Stapleton, of the Legion, were killed; also, Nathan McKinzie and George Nance, citizens. John Glenn, of the Ellsworth Rifles, was severely wounded, and Jacob Ferrace, a citizen, (one of the County Commissioners) was severely wounded, and has since died. Isaac Lang, belonging to the Scott Rifles, under Captain A. B. Carns, died from over-heat in the battle. Morgan’s forces killed Peter Glenn, and burned his houses and barns, he having been induced to come where Morgan’s forces were, near his residence, by a flag of truce, and having no arms. William Heth, a citizen, was shot down near the town. Others were shot at, and two boys were crippled, in the north part of our county. On Wednesday morning, the 8th day of July, after having received reliable official information of the fact that the enemy in force had crossed the river, I dispatched a messenger to Maj. Thos. W. Fry, Commander of the Post at New Albany, Indiana, informing him of the artillery firing there, the casualties, and the first crossing of the rebel forces, and requesting that assistance and artillery be sent us. The dispatch reached him on the 8th, at 12 o’clock, twenty-five hours before the rebels appeared in force before my lines here. I dispatched three or four times afterward, the same day, requesting assistance and artillery, also, on the following morning. Assistance and artillery was promised, but for some cause it was never sent from New Albany. An infantry force of drilled men of 2,000, and two pieces of artillery—which I think could have been sent—would have defeated the rebels and prevented the capture of the town. Of this I have no doubt. What guns were in the armory, not drawn by organized companies, were given to the citizens. We have 500 guns in good order, with proper accoutrements, in the companies, and left in our armory. The others drawn by this county have been captured and destroyed by the rebels; however, a few may be reported hereafter. If so, I will make a proper report thereof. Some 500 horses were captured from citizens of this county, and but few have been recovered. Eleven wounded rebels were left in our charge, two of whom died. The remainder were reported to Major Fry at New Albany, two of whom were Lieutenants. Sixteen of a party who crossed at Twelve Mile Island, above Louisville, intending to join Morgan’s forces, were captured by men belonging to my command, one of whom was a Captain, and reported to Major Fry at New Albany. Nineteen very good horses were captured by the Legion, and being claimed by the Deputy Provost Marshal and others, under United States authority, were delivered into their custody.

Respectfully reported.



LEWIS JORDAN, Sr., Colonel.




PAROLE OF IND. MILITIA AND MINUTE MEN, AT CORYDON,




Headquarters Morgan’s Division,
Corydon, Ind., July 9, 1863.



We, the undersigned, being part and parcel of the United States forces, having been taken prisoners at Corydon, Indiana, this 9th day of July, 1863, by the Confederate States cavalry under command of Brigadier General John H. Morgan, on condition of our being released on parole, do solemnly swear that we will not bear arms against the Confederate States during the present war, nor will we perform any military duty, or aid or abet their enemies in any way whatsoever; nor will we disclose anything we have seen or heard in the Confederate States army to its prejudice. So help us, God.

Sworn before me, this 9th day of July, 1863.

By Command Of Brig. Gen. John H. Morgan.


 

JOHN H. GREEN, A. A. G.



LEWIS JORDAN, Colonel Commanding.

 
W. G. Heith,

A. W. Rhodis,

L. W. Evans,

Fred. Stoher,

R. M. Smith,

W. A. McKee,

G. W. Rothenk,

J. J. Rowe,

Phil. Shreck,

A. Burges,

J. T. Heith,

W. J. Landen,

D. J. Venner,

John Gerdon,

W. M. Crisp,

J. F. Zimmerman,

R. A. Briggs,

P. T. Gresham,

H. S. Wolfe,

P. Embs,

Frank Embs,

M. Kapp,

M. P. Jacobs,

M. Jones,

Jackson Read,

Daniel Jacobs,

William Jacobs,

John V. Adams,

L. Jacobs,

James Wiseman.

John A. Brown.

S. Chaviss,

J. Albin,

Ambrose Shreck,

J. Moltan,

L. F. Love,

Thomas Gresham.

R. H. Hith,

L. Brown,

Phil. Conrad,

James Fleshman,

 

B. Jordan,

J. A. Deatink,
J. H. Weaver,
M. B. Clark,

C. H. Jordan,
G. W. McBride,
H. C. Brown,

F. G. Bell,

B. P. Senseng,
E. Rowe,

G. W. Long,
J. P. Louden,
J. Bowman,
E. Keneday,
Henry Imbleman,
L. Lindsey,
Henry Damenfelser,
Jacob Bruce,

J. Sonner,
J. R. R. Sonner,
B. Miller,

Joseph Stanecypher,
William Grass,
A. Neeley,
J. Jamison,
John Ransom,
James Holsclan,
N. W. Stevens,
L. McCown,
D. Huffstutter,
A. Ellis,
W. Charley,
John Simpson,
W. N. Tracewell,

D. Sappenfield,

E. Wright,
John J. Huffman,
Y. T. Funk,
Robert Mozier,
D. A. Kechner,
J. J. Wilson,

 

J. Long,
L. Brandenburg,
Thomas Riley,
A. W. Rusk,
James Howe,

E. C. Lemon,
James Stallings,
M. Evans,

J. V. B. McRea,

J. E. Albin,

John T. Ruckenbach,

Robert Cotner,

J. W. Evans,

M. Bayer,

John C. Brown,

A. M. Thurston,

L. R. Sturens,

F. M. Shoemaker,
Alix Wright,

A. Miller,
A. Blunk,
J. Sutton,
J. Markel,
W. Gibbs,
W. E. Marshall,
L. Hum,
L. B. Doll,
J. M. Jackson,
J. M. Riley,
John Wagoner.
A. Wentz,
R. J. Conrad,
G. J. Hubbard,
J. K. Wolfe,
John Hartman,
A. James,
A. K. Saw,
J. Pithnan,
J. H. Davis,
L. Thomas,
J. Pithnan,

 

William Evans,
W. H. Grace,
L. Cotuer,
H. Huffman,
Cad. Wolfe,
Silas Melcom,
J. M. Smith,
C. Elwanger,
O. W. Miller,
A. J. Walk,

E. Lindsey,
L. G. Saffer,
Thomas Lowe,
John W. Dick,
J. Wright,

F. M. Crandall,
John A. Arnold,
Eli Kingeny,
Henry Walter,

A. Brown,
W. J. Miles,

W. M. Holtsclaro,

W. H. Kintner,

John S. Arnold,

James Emely,

W. H. Blankenbeker,

E. W. Hutter,

R. Sharp,

Thomas Cottinggin,

Thomas Lyskomiski,

J. Truer,

J. Emily,

H. M. Hogan,

B. Downs,

C. M. Miller,
W. Ruth,
M. Hise,

W. H. Tueley,
M. G. Beard,
J, Jones,

D. B. Bell,

 

S. W. Wents,
Samuel Luckett,
George Brown,
John Hedge,
G. W. Miller,
A. Ruthrock,
W. A. Semay,
J. A. Albin,
J. S. Venner,

F. McRae,

J. A. Westfall,

G. W. Flock,

M. D. L. Stallings,
J. Case,
W. D. Jones,

D. W. Thompson,
W. C. Rush,

M. Lemuel,
David Rice,
W. J. Boling,
James W. Totten,
C. C. Bym,
David Leffner,
Thomas R. Bordnell,
William Detrick,
H. T. Grable,
John De Moss,
Levi Shield,
H. Young,
John H. Shields,
M. Cooper,
John Hoover.
P. C. Faulker,

E. Welther,
Peter Cohert,
Phil. Brubeck,
J. H. Brown,
Henry Bowly,
Frank Goss,
J. Lewis,

J. D. Lemay,

 

John Wright,
W. H. Riley,
John J. Runtz,
George Flock,
W. H. Smith,
Samuel Simpson,
J. Markwell,
W. D. Gibbs,
George Lemel,

D. A. Miller,
M. Gehllarx,
Andrew Pitman,
John H. Peyton,
Victor Gravis,
J. A. Bines,

C Grant,
William Remhart,
David Hooban,
Beverly Herold,
J. S. Hannah,
John Hildebrand,
John T. Dentich,
P. Sinclair,

B. T. Ferguson,
John A. Bloon,
A. W. Hancock,

E. Hancock,
William McFarland,
N. Deweese,
James Yahm,
David Summers,

A. Kennedy,
W. H. Vemur,
John Zenowin,
Nimrod Hurst,

F. W. Mathews,

C. H. Paper,
C. Duggins,
J. T. Tindall,
W. H Albin,
W. R. Shuck,


C. Kintner,
F. L. Bayler,
John Hawn,
M. Lincoln,
George Rudy,
P. McClaren,

F. M. Bline,
J. Kingsley,
L. Leach,
John Jones,

G. Wilcox,

L. D. Ulyman,
Peter Walter,
Daniel McCoy,
Daniel Strangs,
M. Kirkham,
William Hartham,
M. Rising,
E. G. Busoe,
H. G. Famsley,
Samuel McCloud,
Henry Waen,
J. Conrad,
W. Shield,
H. Smith,
N. G. Melton,
J. B. Davis,
Jacob Walter,
Daniel Fleshman,
William Harmon,
J. L. Daveese,
L. Rosenberger,
James McCoy,
B. Blankenburker,
Peter F. Ruper,
J. Alburs,

 

J. Hemoas,
T. C. Slaughter,
John H. Anderson,
George Choffet,
E. Cromwell,
J. H. Hudson,
G. S. Ott,
Jacob Fry,
A. J. Peyton,
W. Solomon,
J. T. McEvans,
A. M. Tuel,
Clark Funk,
John Gabb,
S. J. Foster,
H. P. Hum,
A. Roberts,
Benjamin Boston,
M. Sears,
W. H. Hurst,
E. Turner,
James Sham,
L. Glugour,
James Armstrong,
William Howard,
Thomas Mosier,
H. Seacott,
Theo. J. Martin,
J. R. Hendson,
John Hendricks,
James A. Moore,
John Kannafel,
D. Armstrong,
A. J. Zimmerman,
T. Burns,

 

J. W. Mogvis,
Charles H. Reader,
L. Mayfield,
W. D. Funk,
S. Stout,
J. Kirkman,
Fred. Bloom,
George Shuck,
John Styne,
Charles M. Scott,
J. W. Conrad,
Henry Lowe,
William Coleman,
S. Sappefield,
A. Stevens,
M. Sappenfield,
J. A. Walk,
A. Armstrong,
George Charley,
M. Kannappel,
Jacob Kunner,
William Blunk,
James Hudson,
James McMillan,
F. Hall,
John S. Sears,
William Danner,
A. Ollvis,
S. Barrow,
William Benson,
Daniel King,
W. M. Lome,
John Landaum,
James Ellis,
Benjamin Armstrong.