At the start of the American Civil War in April
1861, the Federal government sent out a call to every state in the
North, seeking volunteers to fight for the Union. Indiana was
quick to respond. In total, about 200,000 Hoosiers volunteered to
fight during the course of the war.
The enthusiasm and dedication of the Indiana troops impressed
President Abraham Lincoln and members of his cabinet.
The Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton, sent a personal
note to Governor Oliver P. Morton to recognize Indiana’s contribution: “Well
From the 19th Indiana Infantry’s bloody introduction to
battle at Brawner’s Farm and its heroic stand at
Gettysburg; to the courage and sacrifice of the
600 African American Hoosiers who made up the
28th United States Colored Troops; to the actions
of brigadier generals
Benjamin Harrison and Lew Wallace – who would go on to be more widely known
for their accomplishments later in life – Well Done,
Indiana details the important military and political
contributions Hoosiers made to the American Civil War.