19th  U.S.  Infantry
1st  Battalion,  Company  A
The 19th U.S. Infantry Regiment was organized in August of 1861 as the last of nine new infantry regiments of the Union Regular Army during the Civil War. Their headquarters were established at Indianapolis, Indiana. The men who served in the regiment were mostly mustered in for service from the surrounding areas of Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. In October of 1861, they joined the 15th and 16th U.S. Infantry regiments to form The Regular Brigade of the Western Theater as part of General Don Carlos Buell’s Army of the Ohio. The 19th first “met the elephant” at the Battle of Shiloh. Afterwards, they participated in the Siege of Corinth and fought with distinction in major engagements at the Battles of Stones River and Chickamauga. The 19th started out with 510 men and numbered less than 200 after Chickamauga. In November of 1863, they were consolidated with the surviving members of the Regular Brigade and reorganized in the Army of the Cumberland as the Second Brigade in the First Division of the XIV Corps. The Regulars pushed on throughout the remainder of the war and fought at Missionary Ridge and during several battles of the Atlanta Campaign.
Private Joseph R. Prentice, 19th U.S. Infantry Company E, received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Stones River on December 31, 1862. Prentice voluntarily retrieved the body of his mortally wounded commanding officer under direct and constant enemy fire.
His medal is on display in the museum at the Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
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-19th Color Guard at Gettysburg, October 2008.
(Photo by Laura Van Fossen)
-19th Color Guard at Gettysburg, October 2008.
(L to R) Moffett, Bartlett, Spencer, Guy, Hawley, McGowan, Carnes, C. Mitchell, and T. Mitchell.    
(Photo by Laura Van Fossen)
-The 19th at Stones River, May 2008.
(Photo by Thomas Dixon)
-The 19th at Lincoln's Tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois. April 14, 2007.

(L to R) Capt. Doug Roush, Rufus Guy, Colten Mitchell, Tom Mitchell, Rick Spencer, Tim Maddock, Jim Lady, Josh Moffett, Jan Ketron, Steve Lich, Scott McGowan, Dave Cala, and Scott Sholty. 1st Sgt. Don Taeger is behind Ketron.
(Photo by Ed Corley)
-A soldier of the U.S. Regular Army during the Civil War.

-Sign painted by Doug Roush
History of the 19th U.S. Infantry reenactors

Formed in the late 1990's, the 19th U.S. Infantry, Company A reenactors subscribe to the motto of Drill, Duty, Dress, Deportment, and Determination. Specializing in the representation of a full dress 1858 Regular Army Color Guard, the 19th has attended many events at National battlefields and have also marched at several memorial ceremonies and dedications.
Some of the places and events that the 19th has been a part of include Gettysburg, Chickamauga, Stones River, an annual Color Guard march at Symphony on the Prairie in Fishers, Indiana, and have participated in pregame ceremonies during Monday Night Football in Indianapolis and at Victory Field.
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-1st Sgt. Taeger and the 19th U.S. Civil War Color Guard salute the members of the Armed Forces at the Conner Prairie Symphony on July 4, 2010. (Photo by Molly Allen)
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