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53rd Indiana Infantry      
Company Unknown
Benjamin Blacketer - Private   
Enlisted at Terre Haute as a Substitute Volunteer for one year for Daniel Hepler Jr. on February 7, 1865. Pvt. Blacketer, age 19, had been a farmer in Warren Twp., Putnam Co, Indiana prior to his enlistment. He was mustered out on May 8, 1865 in Indianapolois. His Muster and Descriptive Roll of Detachment of Drafted Men and Substitutes forwarded* form reports his name was not taken up on Company Muster Rolls of Regiment. He served at Camp Morton, an Indianapolis training camp and federal prision for captured Confederate soldiers.
Contact Name:  Celeste Murphy
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Date Added:  5/22/2006
Company Unknown
george washington hays - 2nd Lieutenant   
This is my great great grandfather, He was a member of the 53 indiana infantry regiment ebenezer's knights brigade unit was orginazed at new albany and indianapolis from february 19th 1862 mustered out at indianapolis march 6th 1862
Contact Name:  douglas mcgraw
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Date Added:  10/15/2013
Company Unknown
George Washington Kellams - Unknown   
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Contact Name:  Kelly Williams
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Date Added:  4/5/2010
Company Unknown
Warner L Vestal - Colonel   
Enlisted as a Corporal on 24 February 1862
Enlisted in Company A, 53rd Infantry Regiment Indiana on 24 February 1862.
Promoted to Full Captain on 14 June 1862 effective 12 October 1862
Transfered on 19 September 1863 from company A to company S
Promoted to Full Major on 19 September 1863 (Not Mustered)
Promoted to Full Major on 05 October 1863 effective 19 November 1863
Promoted to Full Lieutenant Colonel on 31 October 1863 effective 30 March 1865
Promoted to Full Colonel on 31 January 1865 effective 01 April 1865
Mustered out Company A, 53rd Infantry Regiment Indiana on 21 July 1865 in Louisville, KY
Contact Name:  Fred Rose
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Date Added:  1/19/2009
Company A
Levi Gambill - Private   
Enlisted as a Private on 24 March 1865.
Drafted into Company A, 53rd Infantry Regiment Indiana on 24 Mar 1865.
Mustered Out Company A, 53rd Infantry Regiment Indiana on 21 Jul 1865 at Louisville, KY.
Contact Name:  Fred Rose
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Date Added:  5/21/2010
Company A
Thomas C Gray - Private   
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Contact Name:  Candia Gray
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Date Added:  3/14/2011
Company A
Josey Newsom - Private   
Died Jan 1923; buried in City Cem, Columbus, IN.
Contact Name:  Mark Anderson
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Date Added:  11/18/2007
Company A
John T Swaney - Private   
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Contact Name:  Larry Williams
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Date Added:  8/1/2010
Company B
George Baughman - Private   
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Contact Name:  Ann Aukerman
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Date Added:  11/1/2003
Company B
Samuel M. Hatfield - Private   
Samuel M. Hatfield enlisted in Indiana 53rd Infantry Regiment, Company B on September 26, 1864, age 31. Discharged after the war, May 31, 1865. Admitted to Veteran's Home, Marion, Indiana on December 15, 1905. Died June 23, 1907, age 73. Cause of death, Sepsis. Buried Marion National Cemetery.
Contact Name:  Timothy L. Hatfield
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Date Added:  1/17/2019
Company C
charles vonderscher - Unknown   
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Contact Name:  jim herrell
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Date Added:  5/2/2008
Company C
George William Hancock - Private   
George William Hancock was born on 3 JAN 1833 at Worcester County, MD. He enlisted as a private in Captain Townsend's Company, Co. 'C' of the 53rd Indiana Infantry, organized at Grandview, IN in February, 1862 and served in that capacity for seven months. The unit first guarded prisoners at Indianapolis, then was ordered to Savannah, Tennessee. It was attached to the 2nd Brigade, 4th Division, Army of Tennessee. The Unit then advanced on Corinth, Mississippi and laid siege to that important rail junction between April 29 and May 30, 1862. The 53rd then marched on through Tennessee to Memphis via Grand Junction, where Private Hancock became seriously ill in June, 1862 and was honorably discharged. Returned to his home in Indiana. He died on 22 MAR 1877 at his home in Spencer County IN. He married Julia Sargent of Ohio who was eight years his junior. They had eleven children. He was described as 5'10' tall, dark hair, hazel eyes and a fair complexion.
Contact Name:  William Freeman
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Date Added:  2/10/2007
Company C
Jacob Kepler - Private   
Enlisted 2 December 1861 under General Townsend died in Memphis Tennessee between the 27th to 29th of August 1862 of the Flux. Buried Shelby County Tennessee in the Mississippi River National Cemetery.
Contact Name:  Georgeanna Hallemann
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Date Added:  3/29/2004
Company C
James R Reid - Private   
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Contact Name:  Stan Reed
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Date Added:  5/17/2007
Company C
John Sibrel - Corporal   
John Sibrel (born ca. 1817 in Maryland);
Corporal in Company C, 53rd Indiana Infantry [National Park Service Civil War soldiers database];
Burial record: John Sibrel; interment #824; private; Company C, 53rd Indiana Infantry; died August 31, 1862; original place of interment Memphis, TN [Roll of Honor. Quartermaster Department index of Civil War Union burials; vol. 21, p. 234; burials in Mississippi River National Cemetery, near Memphis, TN];
Pension record: John Sibrel; Co. C 53 IND Inf; spouse: Lucinda; minor: William H.; widow pension filed April 2, 1864; certificate #49544; minor pension filed July 22, 1872; certificate #160479 [T288 General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934; National Archives]
Contact Name:  Russ Czaplewski
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Date Added:  10/12/2007
Company C
Thomas P. Sibrel - Corporal   
Thomas P. Sibrel (born Brown County, OH 1837);
Corporal in Company C, 53rd Indiana Infantry [National Park Service Civil War soldier database];
Pension record: Thomas P. Sibrel; Co C 53 IND Inf; wife: Amanda A.; invalid pension filed February 11, 1884; certificate #329792; widow pension filed December 6, 1917; certificate #841251; minor pension filed May 31, 1910; certificate #707468 [T288 General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934; National Archives];
Death record: Thomas P. Sibrell; March 2, 1910; Nutinville, Spencer Co.; pneumonia [Shafer Brothers’ Funeral Home Records, 1885-1919]
Contact Name:  Russ Czaplewski
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Date Added:  10/12/2007
Company D
William Keirn - Private   
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Contact Name:  Christopher W. Bribiesca Jr.
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Date Added:  9/11/2008
Company D
Dennis Kellums - Private   
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Contact Name:  Bob Kellems
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Date Added:  8/20/2010
Company E
Charles Jefferson Botts - Corporal   
Jefferson BOTTS was mustered in 19 FEB 1862. He was the son of Sanford BOTTS and Susannah WINSLOW BOTTS. He was born 7 AUG 1841 at Washington Co., IN and died 24 NOV 1907 at Salem, Washington Co., IN. He is buried at Kossuth Cemetery, Monroe Twp., Washington Co., IN.
Contact Name:  Cindy Gettelfinger
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Date Added:  10/2/2003
Company E
Jesse Newton Honn - Private   
Injured his back lifting boxes into munitions wagons the day before General Sherman began his march to the sea. A box fell on him and he spent 8 months recuperating.
Contact Name:  Maria Buysse
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Date Added:  2/12/2012
Company E
Jonathan Minton - Private   
This is my great (several generations of course) grandfather. He died enrolled 02/1862 and died 5/11/1862. He is the paternal grandfather of Indiana state senator Sherman 'Shay' Minton.
Contact Name:  Devina
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Date Added:  6/6/2011
Company E
Joshua G. Trueblood - Private   
Joshua G. TRUEBLOOD mustered in 19 FEB 1862, he was veteranized, and mustered out 21 JUL 1865. He was born 25 MAR 1839 and died 23 MAY 1906. He is buried at Highland Friends Cemetery, Washington Co., IN. He was the son of Nathan TRUEBLOOD and Mary HOLLOWELL. He married Elizabeth BAYNES.
Contact Name:  Cindy Gettelfinger
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Date Added:  10/2/2003
Company F
Sherid Cromer - Private   
Sherid sometimes spelled Shird substituted for his father Samuel Cromer. He took part in Sherman's 'March to the Sea' but due to illness was transported from Savanah to the hospital at Davids Island New York from which he was later discharged. He was left with lung troubles the rest of his life and died in 1879. He is buried in Horners Chapel Cemetery near Fredericksburg, IN.
Contact Name:  Michael Barksdale
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Date Added:  6/24/2015
Company F
Moses M Hills - Private   
Was from Perry County with Company F and later Company H.
Contact Name:  Gerald Hills
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Date Added:  12/10/2012
Company F
Fernando Wire - Private   
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Contact Name:  Mark Anderson
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Date Added:  12/25/2009
Company G
Mumford Bicknell - Private   
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Contact Name:  Carole O'Dell
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Date Added:  11/30/2012
Company G
Thomas Jefferson Garrison - Corporal   
Thomas Jefferson Garrison joined the 53rd Indiana as a Corporal when the unit was formed. He was captured after Kennesaw Mountain, spent time at Andersonville, and was exchanged in Sept 1864, before going with his unit on the March to the Sea.

His son John Wesley Garrison was my Great Grandfather.
Contact Name:  Les Johnson
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Date Added:  2/6/2006
Company G
John L Hicks - Private   
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Contact Name:  John Spath
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Date Added:  11/4/2011
Company G
Milton Hicks - Private   
Milton and his brother John L. mustered into Company G 53rd Indiana Volunteer Infantry on February 24, 1862 at New Albany IN.

Contact Name:  John Spath
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Date Added:  11/4/2011
Company G
Abraham Kepler - Private   
Born 8/2/1837, Ohio (probably Green Township, Summit County)
Married 9/30/1855 to wife Catherine in Summit County, OH
Son William born 4/4/1858
1860 Census of Troy Township, DeKalb County, IN lists his occupation as a farmer with Real Estate valued at $2000
Died 8/28/1865 in Odon, Indiana
Will filed 4/14/1865 in DeKalb County, Indiana courthouse - Index book 1

Contact Name:  Reece Kepler
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Date Added:  1/1/2010
Company G
Martin Loftus Jr. - Unknown   
Born 1832 in New York and died feb.12,1915 in Cannelton, Indiana (Perry Co.)
Contact Name:  Jason Taylor
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Date Added:  6/11/2009
Company G
John Sutcliff - Sergeant   
Born in England. Died in Perry County, IN.
Contact Name:  Sarah K. Hauenstein
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Date Added:  2/15/2006
Company H
James Alexander - Unknown   
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Contact Name:  Historic Woodlawn Cemetery research
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Date Added:  10/15/2005
Company H
Levi Findley Bozell - Colonel   
This information is verified by

Name:

Levi Bozell



Enlistment Date:

28 Feb 1862



Side Served:

Union



State Served:

Indiana



Service Record:

Enlisted as a Corporal on 28 February 1862.
Enlisted in Company H, 53rd Infantry Regiment Indiana on 28 Feb 1862.




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Source Citation: Side served: Union; State served: Indiana; Enlistment date: 28 Feb 1862.

Source Information:

Historical Data Systems, comp.. American Civil War Soldiers [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999.
Original data: Data compiled by Historical Data Systems of Kingston, MA form the following list of works.
Copyright 1997-2000
Historical Data Systems, Inc.
PO Box 35
Duxbury.
Contact Name:  Terry D. Wright
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Date Added:  7/5/2012
Company H
Samuel Ellsworth - Unknown   
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Contact Name:  Historic Woodlawn Cemetery research
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Date Added:  10/15/2005
Company H
James A. Markin - Private   
Born: ca. 1827 in Greenup County, Kentucky.
Died: 6 Apr 1862 in Savannah, Hardin, Tennessee of disease.
Enlisted on 28 Feb 1862 in Company H, 53rd Infantry in Edinburgh, Bartholomew, Indiana. Unknown gravesite, but presumed to be buried in either in Savannah or in Shiloh National Cemetery.
Contact Name:  Tom Bakken
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Date Added:  12/1/2005
Company H
Harrison J. Steinberger - 1st Sergeant   
Born 24 May 1837 Taylorsville, Bartholomew, IN.
Died 24 Jan 1916 Seymour, Jackson, IN.
Buried at River View Cemetery Seymour, IN with Military Grave Stone.
Contact Name:  Karen
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Date Added:  6/8/2007
Company H
Jacob Andrew Taylor - Private   
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Contact Name:  Charlotte Barnes
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Date Added:  8/8/2004
Company H
Otis Minor Vanpelt - Private   
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Contact Name:  Mike parker
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Date Added:  6/6/2021
Company I
John Scott Knight - Private   
Joined January 1864 in Rockport Indiana..
KIA on 6-27-1864 on Kennesaw Mountian in charge on Rebel lines.
Remains not found
Contact Name:  Wm David Knight
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Date Added:  12/10/2009
Company I
William S Langford - Captain   
Born in Spencer County, Indiana in 1826, the son of James and Jane Lankford. William S. Langford's grandparents were William Lankford (who fought in the American Revolution) and Nancy Dickinson of Stokes County, North Carolina.

Married Susan Angelina Bates on 11 November, 1846 in Spencer County, Indiana. Susan was born 17 August, 1828 in Harrison County, Indiana, the daughter of Lewis Bates and Elizabeth Veatch. She died 10 January, 1864 in Boonville, Warrick, Indiana.

Joined the 53rd Indiana Infantry on 10 October, 1861.

Wounded at the Battle of Hatchie River 5 October, 1862.

Resigned his commission 14 July, 1864 due to surgeons certificate.

Moved to South Union, Kentucky in 1865 with four of his five children and became Shakers.

Moved to Grenada, Mississippi in 1872.

Died in Grenada, Mississippi on 15 January, 1884. His body was shipped back to Boonville, Warrick, Indiana and was buried next to his wife, Susan, at the Old Boonville Cemetery on First Street in Boonville, Indiana
Contact Name:  Brian S. Lankford
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Date Added:  6/17/2014
Company I
Marion B Leslie - Private   
Enlisted as a Private on 24 February 1862.
Enlisted in Company I, 53rd Infantry Regiment Indiana on 24 Feb 1862.
Mustered Out Company I, 53rd Infantry Regiment Indiana on 21 Jul 1865 at Louisville, KY.
Contact Name:  Fred Rose
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Date Added:  1/16/2009
Company I
John Decker Small - Colonel   
1st. cousin 3 times removed
Contact Name:  Robert Attkisson
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Date Added:  6/27/2009
Company I
James Strain - Private   
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Contact Name:  Patricia Banks
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Date Added:  11/6/2012
Company I
Benjamin Franklin Whittinghill - Private   
Mustered in at New Albany, IN as a private on Feb. 28, 1862
Captured at Kennesaw Mountain, GA on July 27, 1864
Imprisoned at Andersonville, GA
Mustered out on June 28, 1865
Contact Name:  Tom Dixon
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Date Added:  9/22/2012
Company I
Robert N. Wilkinson - Private   
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Contact Name:  Jack Inson
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Date Added:  10/20/2012
Company K
Isaac Anderson - Private   
enlisted oct 1864, discharged April 1865
Contact Name:  Mike Anderson
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Date Added:  4/29/2007
Company K
Thomas McCoy Blount - Unknown   
war caused his death
Contact Name:  Historic Woodlawn Cemetery research
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Date Added:  10/15/2005
Company K
John G. Herrmann - Unknown   
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Contact Name:  Historic Woodlawn Cemetery research
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Date Added:  10/15/2005
Company K
Ebenezer Knight - Sergeant   
Born 1833, London, England;
Enrolled in 53rd Indiana as a Sergeant;
Mustered out as a Captain, 1865;
Died August 1911, Elizabeth, Harrison County, IN;
Buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth, IN.
Contact Name:  Mark D. Knight
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Date Added:  2/26/2009
Company K
Henry A Mann - Private   
Enlisted as a Private on 13 October 1864.
Mustered out on 21 July 1865 at Louisville, KY.
Contact Name:  Eric Stone
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Date Added:  5/16/2010
Company K
Elisha Martin - Private   
Elisha enlisted with his father William and brother James
Contact Name:  Beth M. Tolfree
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Date Added:  8/8/2011
Company K
James Irvin Martin - Lieutenant   
Enlisted in Indiana Volunteer Infantry on 27 Jan 1862. Enrolled as Corporal of Co. K, 53rd Reg. by his uncle Captain Wiley Rufus Reeves. Mustered in 21 Feb 1862. Eventually promoted to Lieutenant.
James was in General Sherman's March to the Sea.
Contact Name:  Beth M. Tolfree
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Date Added:  7/4/2010
Company K
William Martin - Chaplain   
Enlisted in Co.K, 53rd Reg., Indiana Volunteers 27 Jan 1862.
Mustered in 24 Feb 1862 as Private; later Sargeant; finally Chaplain on 23 Jun 1865.
Wounded in the knee by minie ball during the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, GA 1 Jul 1864.
Served in the same unit as son James I. Martin and brother-in-law Wiley Rufus Reeves.
Contact Name:  Beth M. Tolfree
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Date Added:  7/4/2010
Company K
Wiley Rufus Reeves - Captain   
Served as Captain of Company K, 53rd Regiment, Indiana Volunteers. The same company in which his brother-in-law William Martin, Chaplain, nephews James Irvin Martin, Lieutenant, and Elisha Martin, Private, served.

Some records indicate Wiley enlisted as a Captain on 20 Jan 1862. Commission in Company I 24 Feb 1862. Resigned Company I, 53rd Reg. on 19 May 1862.
Civil War Pension Records list his service in Company K of the 53rd.
Contact Name:  Beth M. Tolfree
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Date Added:  7/4/2010
Company K
Andrew Jackson Searfoss - Private   
A J Searfoss mustered in 26 Sept 1864.
Died 9 June 1865 Harewood G H Hospital Washington DC
Buried in Arlington Cemetary section 13, Grave 11953
Contact Name:  Karen Searfoss Puhl
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Date Added:  12/3/2018
Company K
Columbus Williams - Private   
Columbus also served as a private in Compant E.
Contact Name:  Anne M. McCaw
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Date Added:  7/23/2011
Company K
Thomas Wright - Private   
Enlisted at age 26 on January 3, 1862 at Orleans IN. Served with Company K throughout, veteranizing in Jan 1864. Mustered out with regiment at Louisville 21 July 1865. Wounded at battle of Hatchie (Davis) Bridge at Metmora TN 5 October 1862. Was a farm laborer and blacksmith, from Orangeville, Orange County IN and had married Mary Jane Stackhouse in 1860. Extensive penion file from 1880s documents that service significantly affected health for the remainder of his life. Died at Birdseye, Crawford Co IN 23 Mar 1890. Buried with civil war marker at Cuzco Cemetery, Dubois Co IN.
Contact Name:  Frank White
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Date Added:  7/7/2007
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