Offered is a neat badge worn by an identified member of the 14th Indiana Infantry.† This great badge has "J. Dowling" written on the hanger.† The shield is attached to the hanger.† On the shield is written "Co.C - 14th IND. VOL. INF. - 2 with a clover leaf around it". The 14th Indiana Infantry fought in West Virginia and then with the Army of the Potomac in the 2 Corp.
Fourteenth Infantry INDIANA
Fourteenth Infantry. Cols., Nathan Kimball, William Harrow,
John Coons, Lieut.-Cols., John R. Mahan, William Harrow,
Philander R. Owen, John Coons, Elijah H. C. Cavins, William
This regiment was organized at Camp Vigo, near Terre Haute, in
May, 1861. It originally was a one year regiment, but
volunteered for three years on the call for three years
troops, being the first Indiana regiment mustered in for that
term. It was mustered in June 7, and left the state on July
It proceeded to Clarksburg, W. Va., and marched to Rich
Mountain where it was in reserve at the battle. It was
stationed at Cheat Mountain from July 16 to Oct. 8, and was
engaged at that point on Sept. 12, and at Green Brier River
Oct. 3. It encamped at Huttonsville, Philippi and Romney
until Jan. 10, 1862, and passed the remainder of the winter at
Paw Paw tunnel.
On March 4, it joined Shields' division and proceeded to
Winchester, where it participated in the battle, losing 4
killed and 50 wounded. On May 15, it commenced its march to
Fredericksburg, leaving there on the 24th for Front Royal,
which place was reached June 1, in time to assist in driving
out the enemy.
It was in various movements until July 2, reaching Turkey Bend
just as the Army of the Potomac was in retreat, the 14th
engaging in severe fighting with the pursuing enemy and
checking his advance. It was assigned to the 2nd corps and
put on outpost duty, being in constant action with the enemy
for nearly three weeks, and then moved to Centerville, where
it assisted in covering the retreat of the army.
It was in reserve at South Mountain but at Antietam its
division was the only one that never gave way during the
battle, its brigade being called the "Gibraltar." The 14th
fought for 4 hours within 60 yards of the enemy's line and
lost 31 killed and 150 wounded. It moved to Harper's Ferry
and Warrenton, thence to Falmouth, where it remained until
Dec. 11. Its brigade led the attack on the works at
Fredericksburg, but could not advance beyond a certain point,
the enemy being too strongly intrenched.
The regiment then encamped at Falmouth until April 28, 1863.
It was in reserve at Chancellorsville during May 1-2, but on
the 3rd with its brigade charged and drove the enemy from the
ground lost by the 11th corps the previous day, but was forced
back by an overwhelming force, losing 7 killed, 50 wounded and
It was in the battle of Gettysburg, charging the enemy's
advance, saving Ricketts' battery, driving the enemy down the
hill and capturing all the field officers, the colors, and
most of the men of the 21st N. C. infantry on the evening of
the second day's battle. The following day its division bore
the brunt of the desperate attack on the left of the cemetery
and the regiment lost 123 in killed and wounded.
It was sent to New York on Aug. 16, to aid in quelling draft
riots, but was with its corps when the enemy was whipped at
Bristoe Station in October. It took part in the Mine Run
campaign and then went into quarters at Stevensburg, where
part of the regiment reenlisted as veterans in Dec. 1863.
It was in action at Morton's Ford in Feb., 1864, and moved
with the army on the Wilderness campaign as part of Hancock's
(2nd) corps, bearing the brunt of most of the fighting in the
numerous engagements of that movement. It was in the
victorious charge at Spotsylvania, when Col Coons was killed,
and was also in the battle of Cold Harbor.
The regiment was mustered out at Indianapolis, June 20, 1864,
and the reenlisted men and recruits were transferred on Aug.
1, to the 20th regiment. The original strength of the 14th
was 1,055. Gain by recruits, 160; reenlistments, 59; total,
1,274. Loss by death, 185; desertion, 63; unaccounted for,