Lt. Narcissus J. Mennier - 93 Indiana Infantry CDV - P.O.W.
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A nice image of Lt. Narcissus J. Mennier of Company G of the 93rd Indiana Infantry.† Mennier mustered in August 1862 as a sergeant.† He was promoted to a 2nd Lieutenant in March 1863 and to a 1st Lieutenant in December 1863.† He was listed as a Prisioner of War in June 1864 and was confined at Macon, Georgia and Columbia, South Carolina.† He was captured at Salem, Mississippi.† He mustered out in May 1865.† The backmark is "M. Witt, Photographer, 81 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio.".

This regiment was organized at Madison and was mustered in Oct. 31, 1862. It left the state Nov. 9 for Cairo, Ill., then went to Memphis, where it was assigned to Buckland's brigade. It moved with Sherman's army to Hurricane creek, near Oxford, Miss., and during December operated in the vicinity of La Grange, Tenn. In January it moved to Corinth and then back to Memphis, where it performed railroad and blockhouse guard duty from Feb. 22 to Mar. 13. It was then ordered to Helena, Ark., and thence to Duckport, La., where its division was transferred to the 15th army corps. On May 2 it crossed the peninsula in the opening movement of the Vicksburg campaign ; crossed the Mississippi at Grand Gulf on the 7th with its corps and entered Jackson on the 14th, after a sharp artillery duel. It moved on Vicksburg on the 16th, crossed the Big Black river, reached the rear of the city on the 18th, and participated in the assaults upon the defenses. It was actively engaged in the siege until June 22, when it moved with its division to intercept Johnston's army and threw up works at Little creek. It was in the siege and capture of Jackson in July and then went into camp near the Big Black, where it remained until Sept. 5. It then moved to Oak ridge and encamped until Oct. 14, when its brigade moved in an expedition to Brownsville. Returning to Memphis in November, it was engaged until May 10, 1864, on picket and provost guard duty, in several expeditions into Mississippi, and in occasional skirmishes. In June it took part in the Guntown expedition, and was in the battle near Brice's cross-roads, in which the Union forces were driven from the field, the regiment losing 13 killed, 56 wounded and 184 prisoners, a total of 253. The remainder of the regiment reached Memphis on the 12th, moved to Moscow on the 22nd, and then proceeded to Harrisburg, Miss., where it assisted in repelling the assault on July 15. It then returned to Memphis, having several skirmishes on the march, and moved on another expedition on the 29th, crossing the Tallahatchie on driftwood and skirmishing with the enemy, then moved to Oxford and back. Early in September it moved to Devall's Bluff, Ark., thence to Cape Girardeau, Mo., from there to Little Santa Fe, Kan., and then to St. Louis, which place was reached Nov. 14. It then embarked for Nashville, arriving there in time to take part in the battle in December, and then joined in the pursuit of the enemy to the Tennessee river. At Eastport, Miss., it went into winter quarters, but left on Feb. 6, 1865, for Dauphin island, Ala., which place was reached March 3. It moved up the river on the 19th, took position at Spanish Fort, was active in the siege until the evacuation, when it moved to Fort Blakely and took part in the storming of that position. It moved to Montgomery on the 20th, and there it remained until May 10, moving thence to Selma and Gainesville, where it was stationed until ordered home in August. It was mustered out at Memphis, Aug. 10, 1865, but Cos. I and K and the remaining recruits were kept in service until discharged the following October. The original strength of the regiment was 952; gain by recruits, 200; total, 1,152. Loss by death, 279; desertion, 47; unaccounted for, 22.

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