Indianapolis, IN backmarked photograph (CDV) of 4th Indiana Cavalry soldier James T. Boswell, who died of disease in April, 1863. Boswell is wearing a distinctive western style hat. My thanks to John Sickles for his help in identifying the image for me.
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James T. Boswell
Residence Marion County IN;
Enlisted on 8/8/1862 as a Private.
On 8/8/1862 he mustered into "A" Co. IN 4th Cavalry
He died on 4/23/1863 at Murfreesboro, TN
Seventy-seventh Regiment (4th Cavalry). -- Cols.,Isaac P.
Gray, Lawrence S. Shuler, John A. Platter, John T. Deweese,
Horace P. Lamson, Lieut.-Cols., Lawrence S. Shuler, John A.
Platter, John T. Deweese Joseph P. Lesslie, Horace P. Lamson,
George H. Purdy, Majs., John A. Platter, Nathan Earlywine,
Warren Horr, John T. Deweese, Joseph P. Lesslie, Horace P.
Lamson, George H. Purdy, Christopher C. Mason William T.
Pepper, John Austin, Albert J. Morley, Albert C. Rosencranz.
This regiment was organized at Indianapolis and was mustered
in Aug. 22, 1862. It left the state at once, a battalion of
four companies commanded by Major Platter, proceeding to
Henderson, Ky., and another battalion going to Louisville and
thence to the interior of Missouri.
Platter's battalion was engaged in skirmishes at Madisonville
and Mt. Washington.
The third battalion under Col. Gray, was encamped at Madison,
Ind., for a short time, moving thence to Vevay, and then to
Frankfort, Ky., which place was reached on Oct. 24. It was
stationed for a time at Gallatin, Tenn., watching Morgan's
forces, and was engaged in a victorious fight near
Munfordville in December. In Jan., 1863 it moved into
Tennessee and was in slight skirmishing about Murfreesboro in
The regiment was united at this time, with the exception of
Co. C, which became Gen. A. J. Smith's escort. The regiment
moved with Rosecrans' army for Tullahoma and Chattanooga,
participating at Chickamauga. It was also in the fight at
Fayetteville, Tenn., Nov. 1.
It passed the winter in East Tennessee, holding an advanced
position in all the cavalry movements, and was conspicuously
engaged at Mossy creek, Talbott's station and Dandridge. In
the severe fight at Fair Garden its division drove two
divisions of the enemy 8 miles during the day.
Capt. Rosencranz, with the second battalion of the 4th, joined
other regiments as skirmishers. Maj. Purdy, with the first
battalion, supported by Lilly's 18th Ind. battery, and the
remaining companies of the 4th, made a saber charge on a
battery and captured it, together with a battleflag, and more
prisoners than the charging party had men. Lieut.-Col.
Lesslie was killed.
In March 1864, the regiment joined Sherman's cavalry, and was
engaged at Varnell's station, Burnt Church, at Newnan in the
McCook raid, and in all the movements of that expedition.
After the fall of Atlanta it marched into Tennessee and was
engaged at Columbia in October. It was stationed near
Louisville, with the and brigade, 1st cavalry division,
Military Division of the Mississippi, during November; was
near Nashville in Jan., 1865, and in February near Waterloo,
It was engaged in Wilson's raid through Alabama and
participated at Plantersville and Selma in April. It then
moved into Georgia, leaving for Nashville in May.
Co. C, which had served as Gen. Smith's escort, engaged in all
the operations of his command including the siege of Vicksburg
and the Red River expedition, then joined the regiment in 1864
and served with it to the time of its discharge.
The regiment was mustered out at Nashville June 29, 1865. Its
original strength was 1,223; gain by recruits, 301; total,
1,524. Loss by death, 204; desertion 84; unaccounted for, 54.
Source: The Union Army, vol. 3