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Re: SRS Query
Posted by John S. on Sunday, 24 January 2016, at 10:24 p.m., in response to SRS Query, posted by Bill Schooler on Sunday, 24 January 2016, at 8:47 p.m.
Your rifle, 271813 is one of 93 rifles listed with Company G of the 160th Indiana Volunteer Infantry in 1898. The numbers range from 223325 to 346535 with lots of other units interspersed throughout the range, illustrating why it is impossible to state that a rifle with a number close to documented number had the same usage.
Interestingly, the 18 highest numbers include 345911 to 346535, and were possibly the contents of a single crate (along with two more distant numbers) showing again that rifles were not made or shipped in strict serial number sequence, although most were probably somewhat clustered.
The Regiment was in service less than a year (May 1898-April 1899) and did some occupation duty in Cuba in 1899. A more complete history follows:
160th Indiana Volunteer Infantry (1898-1899) - Organized and mustered in at Indianapolis, Ind., May 12, 1898, with 50 officers and 973 enlisted men.
Assigned to First Brigade, Second Division. First Army Corps, May 18
Assigned to Third Brigade, First Division, First Army Corps, 23 Aug
Transferred to First Brigade, Third Division, First Army Corps
Assigned to First Brigade, Second Division, First. Army Corps, Nov 11
Ordered to Chickamauga, Ga., May 13; arrived at Chickamauga May 18
Left Chickamauga July 28; arrived at Newport News, Va., July 30
Left Newport News August 21; arrived at Lexington, Ky., August 23
Left Lexington November 10; arrived at Columbus, Ga., November 11
First Battalion (Companies C, D, G, and H) left Columbus January 6, 1899; arrived at Charleston, S. C., January 8
Sailed on steamship Saratoga January 8; arrived at Matanzas, Cuba, January 10.
Second Battalion (Companies A, B, E. and F) left Columbus, Ga., January 15; arrived Charleston, S. C., January 16
Sailed on steamship Saratoga January 17; arrived at Matanzas, Cuba, January 19.
Third Battalion (Headquarters and Companies I, K, L, and M) left Columbus, Ga., January 24; arrived at Charleston, S. C., January 25
Sailed on steamship Saraloga January 25; arrived at Matanzas, Cuba, January 28.
Regiment left Matanzas, Cuba, on steamship Thomas March 28; arrived at quarantine March 29 and went into camp at Savannah, Ga., March 30.
Mustered out of the service of the United States at Savannah, April 25, 1899, with 50 officers and 1,031 enlisted men. Casualties while in service: Officers-none. Enlisted men-died of disease, 11; murdered, 1; deserted, 15.
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