Finding Lee's Lost Order The incredible story of how the 27th Indiana soldiers found Robert E. Lee's Special Orders No. 191 and changed the course of the Civil War.

Who Lost General Lee's 'Lost Order?' The mystery is solved. Learn about the Confederate officer most responsible for the disaster of Lee's Maryland Campaign.

Brief History Complete overview of the regiment with battle losses. One of Fox's "Fighting Regiments"

Battles & Engagements Illustrated history of each battle. The Battles & Engagements section, when complete, will contain official reports, letters, photographs and historical analysis of Buckton Station, Winchester, Cedar Mountain, Antietam, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Resaca, New Hope Church, Kolb's Farm & Kennesaw, Peach Tree Creek, and the Seige of Atlanta. Coming Next! The Battle of Antietam with 3-D maps and the most comprehensive casualty study of any regiment engaged.

Over 1100 Soldier's Service Records Details the service record, life and burial place of nearly all 1100 members of the regiment. Not just a list of names, each company roster contains a goldmine of personal information and history on each soldier. This information is graciously provided by Wilbur D. Jones from his 1991 copywright work. It has been revised, expanded and illustrated with his permission. There are also over 110 soldier portraits to date in the records.

Facts & Resources Trivia about the regiment plus a thorough survey of important works about the 27th Indiana and where to find them

Battle Flags Featured See the Battle Flags of the 27th and some of her sister regiments.

Regimental Photo Album FOUR NEW PHOTOS! Special thanks to Jim Thomas (Thomas Bruner, Company B) and Doug Dougherty (Joseph Edwards, Company B; Benjamin Kilgore, Company D; and James Dougherty, Company E) for their fine submissions. There are now over 110 actual photos of members of the regiment by unit. Each photo section also contains the service records of every member of that company. Unidentified 27th Indiana Private Photo. Can you help identifiy him?


Uniforms, Weapons and Equipment Lavishly illustrated history of what the men wore, carried and fought with. Extensive use of diaries and writings of the actual men in describing their own equipment. Includes photographic examples of actual 27th soldiers in their gear. Also features full-color, original examples of the uniforms and weapons as used by the 27th Indiana.

Dedication The story of my great great great grandfather: First Lieutenant Samuel Duncan Porter

Links & E-mail Contacts to Ancestors Links to over 50 veterans' descendants plus related sites on the web. Updated with new descendants and with links to sites on every regiment of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, XII/XX Corps.

Graves of the 27th Indiana This project will eventually list the burial place of all members of the regiment and as many photos as can be found. Thank you to the many people who have contributed to this project. A-Z graves now ready - 88 grave photos posted to date. Special thanks to Daren Striegel for the grave photo of Andrew Striegel and to Doug Dougherty for the grave photos of James Dougherty and Joseph Edwards.

SPECIAL NOTICE: I was deployed most of last year to Operation Enduring Freedom. If you submitted photos or other material to me in the past year and do not see them, PLEASE write to me and confirm that I have them. I move frequently in my military service and may not have material sent either by email or snail mail. But I will get your material up on the site and am dedicated to keeping the memory of these soldiers alive.

This site was created by Steve Russell, LTC, Infantry, United States Army

Companion #22144 of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States

and descendant of Samuel D. Porter of Company A

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This site last updated on 1 January 2003.

BREAKING NEWS! Deployed to Iraq. I am currently deployed to Iraq as Commander of 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry of the 1st Brigade of the US Army 4th Infantry Division. Consequently, I will be unable to update my site until I return. Please be patient if you have sent things to me that are not posted. Multiple deployments have dusrupted my work on the site but it is an honor for me to serve. Steve Russell

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A Special Thank You goes to author and historian Wilbur D. Jones for his assistance in the historical accuracy of the site. Mr. Jones is author of numerous books, including 'Giants in the Cornfield: the 27th Indiana Infantry'

A Special Thank You also goes to Mark D. Jeager of Purdue University Library for his continued support and research to help improve the site.


I served from December 2001 to July 2002 during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Kuwait.

Memories of KOSOVO

I served from June 1999 to December 1999 on a deployment to Kosovo with the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry of the 1st Infantry Division -- THE BIG RED ONE!

Our Infantry battalion went to Kosovo in June 1999 and was the first U.S. Army mechanized Infantry battalion to deploy to Kosovo. Click HERE for more info and photos of our mission there.

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