Living History Association

35th Alabama Infantry & 73rd Indiana Infantry Regiment

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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”.