73rd Indiana Regiment 

The Boys From Lake County

“The Boys From Lake County” is a complete history of the 73rd Indiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment with focus on Company A. It is written from purely historical and eyewitness sources. It was researched during 25 years, and published in 2006 by James Keir Baughman, whose Great-Grandfather Pvt. Wilson Shannon Baughman, and Great Uncle Thomas Jefferson Baughman fought in the 73rd Indiana Regiment. The book offers greatly expanded review of the Raid of Streight’s Brigade, the Battle of Stone’s River, Libby Prison in Richmond, the largest prisoner escape of the Civil War, the military genius of Confederate Cavalry General Nathan Bedford Forrest, and life during and after the Civil War. The book contains the roster of Company A. 

Civil War Books

“The Official History of the 73rd Indiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment” was first published in 1909 by a committee of five old soldiers from the 73rd Regimental Association who had fought in the 73rd Indiana during the Civil War. It is republished by James Keir Baughman to save history which was lost and out of print, and contains the entire original roster of 1,010 men who first enlisted. Michael P. (Mike) Downs provided a copy of the old book, from his personal library, for re-publication in new book format. Downs also established the original Web Site for the 73rd Indiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment and collaborated in the creation of this new, expanded, version. 

The Official History of the 73rd Indiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment

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The Civil War Diary of Col. Alfred B. Wade

“The Civil War Diary of Col. Alfred B. Wade” is an astounding eyewitness account of the Civil War. It is a record of daily notes written by the third Commander of the 73rd Indiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment. The original of Wade’s handwritten journal is held in the archives of Indiana’s Notre Dame University. It was finished in 1865 and republished by James Keir Baughman to make important history again generally available. Michael P. (Mike) Downs vitally contributed to this re-publication by transcribing Wade’s diary at Notre Dame University from the original handwritten document into type written format which was then easily scanned into the computer for book editing and setup. Downs is a retired history teacher and an active Civil War historian and reenactor.


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A Yankee in Rebel Prisons

“A Yankee In Rebel Prisons” is also an eyewitness account of aspects of the Civil War. It was written and published in 1865 by Lt. Alvin C. Roach, Adjutant of the 51st Indiana Regiment. The 51st fought alongside the 73rd Regiment at the Battle of Stones River and on the Raid of Streight’s Brigade, conceived and led by the 51st Indiana Regiment’s Commander Colonel Abel David Streight, later a Brevet Brigadier General.

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History of the 51st Indiana Veteran Volunteer Infantry Regiment

The “History of the 51st Indiana Veteran Volunteer Infantry Regiment” was first published in 1894. It is yet another powerful eyewitness account of the Civil War, written by the 51st Regiment’s last Sergeant-Major William Ross Hartpence. It is written in enjoyable novel style as is the “Boys From Lake County.” Like the other three, this book confirms all research for the “Boys From Lake County.”. It is also republished by James Keir Baughman to save vital Civil War history. Hartpence, in 1899, also wrote and published “Early Recollections of James Whitcomb Riley,” available on Amazom.com. Hartpence had been owner, editor, and publisher of the Greenfield News in Greenfield, Indiana in the mid 1870’s.

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History of the 56th Virginia

Infantry Regiment

The 56th Virginia Infantry Regiment was in the center... of the front line... in famed Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg. Here you’ll find a stunning, detailed, first person account of that most disastrous battle action of America’s Civil War. The facts, the sights, the sounds of it are recorded here, described by a young officer who made it over the wall and described Pickett’s Charge in letters written home at the time.

The history of this valiant regiment includes a world of detail about daily camp life during America’s Civil War. And you’ll find intense depictions of the 56th Regiment’s part in many other famous battles including Fort Donelson in the west, near where the Raid of Streight’s Brigade passed by. You’ll also find the battles of Fort Drewrey, Chaffin’s Bluff, The Seven’s Days Battle,  Gaines’ Mill, Frazier’s Farm, 2nd Manassas, Boonsboro, Shaprsburg, Fredericksburg, Suffolk, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, and from there the road to Appomattox and surrender. These valiant men were often directly with Confederate General Robert E. Lee, and the few of them who were left were by Lee’s side when he surrendered at Appomattox.


This book contains substantial biographies for 1497 soldiers who fought in the 56th Virginia Infantry Regiment during the four years of America’s Civil War. Many of them describe the lives of the men long after the war. 

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