“Boys, the command is no longer forward, but now it is follow me!”

by Phil Spaugy

The Civil War Trust has just announced the purchase of the tract of land over which the 19th Indiana charged and where the gallant Lt. Colonel Bachman fell. Please consider supporting the purchase of this very important piece of hallowed ground. http://www.civilwar.org/battlefields/antietam/antietam-2015/

Buckeyes, Blackhats and the Boys of '61

Bachman

Lt. Colonel Alois O. Bachman was killed while leading the “Black Hats” of of the 19th Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry on the morning of September 17, 1862. This is the story of his first day of regimental command and, tragically, the last day of his life.

A native of Madison County, Indiana, Bachman had previously served as a Captain in the 6th Indiana Volunteer Infantry (90 Days). He was commissioned Major of the 19th in late July 1861, receiving  his promotion to Lt. Colonel of the regiment the following February.  Due to injuries suffered at the Battle of Brawner Farm, and the physical and emotional toll of the campaign since that time, the Colonel of the 19th, Solomon Meredith, was unable to take the field; consequently, the 23-year-old Bachman became the commander of the regiment soon after the September 14th fight for Turners Gap.

Advancing with the other black-hatted “western”…

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