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11th Independent Battery Indiana Light Artillery
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A 4.5-inch siege (ordnance) rifle (sometimes mistakenly called a "Rodman gun"). Four of these were issued to the 11th Indiana Battery at Louisville in February 1862.[1]
Country United States of America
Branch Army
Allegiance Union Army
Service history
Active December 17, 1861 - November 21, 1864
Size 70 - 152
Part of Army of the Ohio
Army of the Cumberland
Battles Siege of Corinth
Battle of Nashville
Battle of Murfreesboro
Battle of Franklin
Battle of Chickamauga
Battle of Lookout Mountain
Battle of Missionary Ridge
Battle of Resaca
Battle of New Hope Church
Battle of Jonesboro
Commanders Captain Arnold Sutermeister

The 11th Independent Battery Indiana Light Artillery, generally known as the 11th Indiana Battery, was an artillery battery in the Union Army during the American Civil War.[2] It served in several important campaigns in the Western Theater, including the Battle of Chickamauga in late 1863.[3]

Recruited at Fort Wayne, Indiana, in late 1861, the 11th Indiana Battery was mustered into service at on December 17, 1861, at Indianapolis, Indiana. It was ordered to report for duty in Louisville, Kentucky, on February 6, 1862.[4] The battery was consolidated with the 18th Indiana Battery on November 21, 1864.[5][6]


  1. Scribner, Indiana's Role of Honor, p. 529. John Otto's history (p. 4 in the 1883 edition; p. 9 in the 1894 edition) mistakenly calls them "Rodman guns."
  2. John Otto, History of the 11th Indiana Battery, corrected with an outline history of the Army of the Cumberland, during the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, Fort Wayne, Indiana: W.D. Page, Printer and Publisher, 1894.
  3. Frederick Henry Dyer, A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion, Des Moines: Dyer Publishing Co. (1908).
  4. John Otto, History of the 11th Indiana Battery during the War of the Rebellion, 1861 to 1865, Read at the First Reunion of the Battery, Oct. 9, 1883, at Fort Wayne, Indiana.
  5. Indiana Commissioners, Chickamauga National Military Park, Indiana at Chickamauga, Indianapolis, Sentinel Printing, Co., 1900, pp. 295–98.
  6. Theo T. Scribner, Indiana's Role of Honor, Chapter XVII.

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