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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

44th Regiment Indiana Infantry

The 44th Annual Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival held on the historic farm’s grounds is being dedicated to the 44th Regiment Indiana Infantry (1861-1865), which fought at Shiloh, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, and Mission Ridge, to preserve the Union.

I said, “As nations around the world struggle to become united for order, peace, and prosperity, we often forget the supreme struggle in our own land and the sacrifices that preserved the Union that is the United States of America. As an historical restoration, we are sensitive to the forces that created the abundance we celebrate and enjoy during the festival each August.”

The 44th regiment of the Union Army was organized in the Tenth Congressional District and rendezvoused at Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana in October, 1861. In December, the regiment left for Henderson, Kentucky. It camped at Calhoun, Kentucky, until February, 1862, when it was transferred to Fort Henry. The 44th Indiana moved to Fort Donaldson and participated in the siege of the fort, suffering considerable loss in killed and wounded. It was engaged during both days at the battle of Shiloh. Serving throughout Kentucky, Tennessee, and Alabama, the regiment fought at Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, and Mission Ridge. It was assigned provost duty at Chattanooga, Tennessee before being mustered out in September, 1865.

Indiana raised 137 infantry regiments, 13 cavalry regiments, 26 batteries of light artillery, and 1 regiment of heavy artillery. Over 150,000 men served the Union from Indiana. From the 11th Indiana Infantry Regiment, Lew Wallace became one of Indiana’s brigadier generals. His greatest achievements may have been his literary pursuits. His novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1880) has never been out of print and has been filmed three times.

The Grand Army of the Republic Highway, designated to honor the Union forces during the Civil War, runs in front of Amish Acres gate. When completed U.S. 6 was the nation’s longest transcontinental highway from Provincetown, Massachusetts to Long Beach, California.

The tee shirts weren't very popular. Some said they couldn't wear them in the South. I think the point was missed. We had 13 shirts left over. Recently a fella walked into our shop, saw the shirts, and bought 9 of them. His great grandfather was a member of the 44th. You never know.


Anonymous Amish Furniture Online said...

That was one interesting history lesson. Thanks. Didn't know all that.

5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I wish we had know that Amish Acres had dedicated its Crafts Festival to the 44th Indiana. I am a member of a living history group that portrays the 44th Indiana. We would have been happy to come up to Amish Acres, set up a camp and talk with your visitors. They could see what soldiers wore, equipment they used, and we could have talked with them about the 44th Indiana.

If you ever do another event related to the 44th Indiana, please feel free to contact me.


Mike Clay

8:28 PM  

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