On the 14th of June 1864, Lieutenant Colonel Ivan
N. Walker, commanding the 73rd Regiment of Indiana Volunteer
Infantry, took six companies of that regiment and marched into Triana, Alabama.
They were assigned picket duty along the Tennessee River, stretching from
Draper’s Ferry to Limestone Point, but set their headquarters in Triana. The
regiment would stay here until the 25th of November, sending excursions
through-out the region, and taking part in skirmishes and battles such as in
Decatur, and in Athens.
For the most part, the regiment’s time in Triana was
spent waiting. Waiting for orders, waiting for battles, waiting for anything to
happen to ward off boredom. Much of the day was dedicated to drilling, some
undoubtedly to games, reading, writing letters home or diaries, and other
activities to pass the time. This is what really happened during the war.
On the 8th & 9th of June, the 73rd
Indiana Infantry Living History Association will be recreating the daily lives
of these brave soldiers that left their homes far away and fought and died to
preserve the Union. There will be no battle, but these soldiers don’t know that
for sure. They will be drilling, they will be picketing, and when time permits,
they will be finding various activities to do. Who knows? Maybe they’ll even
find time for a nice game of that newfound sport “base ball”.