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May 10, 2023

Nearly 120 generals during the Civil War had connections to the Hoosier state. They include some who were courageous, others who were colorful, and some who were controversial.

One of the generals, Solomon Meredith, was a Quaker who commanded the legendary Iron Brigade during the bloody Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. Another general, Jefferson Columbus Davis from Clark County in southern Indiana, murdered his commanding officer at a hotel.

Yet another general, Ambrose Burnside, a native of Union County in eastern Indiana, oversaw the capture of Confederate raider John Hunt Morgan, who had led Southern troops on a rampage through Indiana. Despite some successes as a commander, Burnside's leadership was disastrous during the Battle of Fredericksburg in Virginia.