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97th Indiana Infantry      
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James Houldson - Major   
Captain James Houldson
Added by donsrich999 on 7 Sep 2009
Originally submitted by peckda1 to Peck Family Tree on 10 Aug 2009


Captain James HOULDSON394 was born on 20 Jan 1813 in Shelby County, Kentucky.394 He died on 24 Dec 1887 in Sullivan County, Indiana.394 He was buried on 27 Dec 1887 in Mt. Moriah Cemetary, Sullivan County In..394 He was in Methodist Episcopal Church.394 He served in the military in Mexican War, Civil War.394 He was in Farmer.394 [2170941singletary.FTW]


Capt. James Holston, farmer, P. O. Pleasantville, was born in
Shelby County, Ky., January 20, 1813, son of James and Lilia (Dugan) Holdson.
He settled in Jefferson Township, Sullivan County, in the year 1817, and
has been a farmer ever since. He was married to Naomi Wallace, when he was
about twenty-two years old, and to their union the following children were
born; Joseph, Nancy, Stephen, and Laura. His second wife was Angeline
Bedwell, and to this union one child was born- Harriet. His second wife dying he
married Sarah Burton on the 9th of June 1873, and to this union two children
have been born-Cynthia Ann and James Arthur. He is a member of the Methodist
Episcopal Church and politically a Republican. Mr. Holdson was in the
Mexican War, enlisting June 6, 1846, and was at the Battle of Buena Vista, and
then returned home after being discharged at New Orleans; he arrived July 4,
1847. In 1862 he enlisted in the Union Army and was commissioned Captain of
Company H, Second Indiana Volunteer Infantry by Gov. Morton, on the 22nd day of
August 1862, and was with Sherman through some of his hard fighting;
was in the Battle of Vicksburg and Hanin's Bluff, Jackson, Mission Ridge, and
was wounded at Dallas five times, when he was sent to the hosopital, and
was furloughed; went home where he stayed thirty days, and then met his
regiment at Atlanta, Ga., and was at the Battle of Jonesboro; then went to
Nashville, Tenn., and from there to the coast, fighting hard all the way through,
defeating the rebels at Macon, killing and capturing 2,300 men, and
losing only seventy of their forces, and from there went to Rolla, and then to
Bentonville, where they had a hard fight with Johnston, defeating him;
then went to Columbia, S. C., then to North Carolina, thence to Washington
and was mustered out on the 10th day of June 1865, when they were paid off at
Indianapolis, and returned home, receiving an honorable discharge, and
feeling satisfied the war was over, returning to his family, where he
owns and runs a farm of 265 acres of land.

97th Infantry Regiment IN 09 June 1865 Infantry
Regimental History
Ninety-seventh Infantry INDIANA

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Date Added:  10/7/2009
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William Arch Merritt - Unknown   
This was my great great grandfather and inscribed on his headstone is 97th Ind Inf
Contact Name:  Denna Merritt
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Date Added:  2/28/2011
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George W. Terry - Chaplain   
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Contact Name:  Ken Terry
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Date Added:  9/2/2007
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George Washington Vest - Private   
THE BLOOMFIELD NEWS, Bloomfield, Greene County, Indiana, Friday, April 7, 1905, Volume XXIX, Number 20, Page 1, Column 2, “Another Pioneer Gone.”

George W. VEST, a pioneer of Greene County, died Tuesday afternoon at his home near Park at the advanced age of about eighty-five years. He had been in poor health all winter as a result of infirmities incident to old age.

His native state was Kentucky but he came to this county when but a young man and during the remainder of his life this county was his home and for three score years and ten he was interested in every movement that was made for the betterment of the county.

When the great Rebellion came on and his country called for volunteers he enlisted and for three years he was a brave and gallant member of that splendid regiment—The 97TH INDIANA.

In the days of his youth his fame spread far and wide on account of his ability as an athlete. It is claimed that he held the record of the land for hop, step and jump. In an early day in a contest at Spencer the report goes that he covered sixty feet and six inches in a running hop, step and jump. The distance was carefully marked and for years was pointed out to those of athletic disposition and many an athlete tried the same ground but no one could get within five feet of the distance.

He is survived by a wife and the following sons, all citizens of the county: James, John, Austin, Chas. and Jackson VEST; and a daughter, Mrs. Eliza GRAFTON, who resides at Bedford.

He was a first-class citizen, stood for the best interests of the community and was held in high esteem.
Contact Name:  Len Vest
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Date Added:  8/16/2009
Company A
William Harrison Edwards - Corporal   
William was killed on December 9, 1862 in Memphis, Tennessee. He was 21 years old.
Contact Name:  Brad Parks
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Date Added:  3/8/2010
Company A
John C Hamilton - Private   
Was from Greene County, Indiana and is buried in the Tulip Cemetery in Greene County.
Contact Name:  Jerry T. Clark
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Date Added:  7/19/2008
Company A
Joseph Warren Poole - Private   
Discharged 3 Feb 1863. Later enlisted Co. I, 146th Indiana 14 Mar 1865.
Contact Name:  Randy Lucas
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Date Added:  2/4/2013
Company B
James Lewis Strong - Unknown   
Enlisted 15th Aug, 1862
Killed in Jackson, MS on 16th July, 1863
Contact Name:  Christina
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Date Added:  2/13/2011
Company B
Thomas Surguy - 4th Sergeant   
Thomas Surguy:
born - 12/27/1835 Cincinnati, OH
died - 02/17/1920 Happy, Texas
Contact Name:  Robert Surguy
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Date Added:  5/8/2010
Company C
John Foote - Sergeant   
This is all the war history that I am able to find out.I do know more on personal issues.
Contact Name:  Ricky Willis
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Date Added:  7/5/2009
Company E
Jacob A Cullison - Private   
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Contact Name:  Cathy Murphy
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Date Added:  9/29/2010
Company F
Adam Conder - Private   
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Contact Name:  Charles Ball
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Date Added:  12/2/2008
Company F
Solomon Conder - Private   
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Contact Name:  Charles Ball
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Date Added:  12/2/2008
Company G
William Thomas Chesnut - 1st Sergeant   
My Great Grandfather was wounded in 2 battles, and discharged as an invalid. He is remembered at the Pioneer Park located at the north water tower in Washington, Indiana
Contact Name:  Thomas Chesnut
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Date Added:  8/15/2009
Company H
William Norman Davidson - Private   
Born 10 Dec 1837 Coshocton Co.,Ohio
Died 23 Mar 1919 Canton, Ohio
Lived most of his life in Coshocton Co.,Ohio
Contact Name:  Ron Miller
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Date Added:  9/13/2005
Company I
Thomas Jefferson Butler - Private   
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Contact Name:  Tom Hall
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Date Added:  5/1/2010
Company I
Meshack Payne - Corporal   
My information regarding my great-grandfather is this: 97th Indiana Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 4th Division, 15th Corps. Was born: Oct.26, 1841 in Sullivan, In. Died, Dec. 5th, 1916. Father: John Payne, mother: ? Married: Margret Patton, 1865 in In. Had 12 children. Looking to find more information if possible. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Contact Name:  Rex Payne
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Date Added:  4/25/2010
Company K
Robert M. Kilgore - Private   
Born 1844 Virginia

Died 1926 Georgetown, Illinois

Burial Georgetown Cemetery
Contact Name:  John Kilgore
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Date Added:  3/2/2009
Company K
Hugh Morgan Killgore - Private   
Born 1839 Va.

Died 1913

Burial Eugene Cemetery

Vermillion County, Indiana
Contact Name:  John Kilgore
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Date Added:  3/2/2009
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