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LAST VETERAN OF CIVIL WAR ANSWERS CALL


JOHN H. WAGGONER PASSED AWAY SUNDAY AT HOME NEAR COMMISKEY
North Vernon Plain Dealer & Republican        July 4, 1940

    John H. Waggoner, ninty seven years old, Jennings County's last veteran of the Civil War died at his home at Commiskey, at 1:30 o'clock Sunday morning June 30th. Funeral services were held at Coffee Creek (Christian) Church, at 2:00 Tuesday afternoon, conducted by the Rev. Walter Mosley. The burial took place in Coffee Creek (Christian) Cemetery. He was born in Scott county but had been a resident of Jennings county for more than seventy years. In August 1862, he enlisted, at Seymour, in Company G of the Sixty-seventh Indiana Regiment, under Captain Nelson Crabb. He fought in the battle of Mumfordsville, Kentucky, where he was taken prisoner by the Confederates. He was paroled home for thiry days and then was exchanged and again entered the Union ranks. He was sent to Mississippi and fought in the battle of Vicksburg, and later received an honorable discharge on account of illness.
    His marriage to Martha Jane Lett, of Jennings county, took place March 13, 1872. He engaged in farming and was well known and highly respected throughout the county. He was active in his declining years and held a drivers license and operated his own automobile until Oct. 1939, when he suffered a stroke of paralysis, which disabled him. Accompanied by his daughter he made a trip to Gettysburg, two years ago, to attend the national encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic. He was a member of the Mt. Zion Methodist church and was the oldest member of Paris Crossing Masonic Lodge, having been affiliated with that organization since 1871.
    He is survived by the widow, Mrs. Martha Jane Waggoner, eighty seven years old, and six children: Vel Waggoner and Miss Rettie Waggoner, at home; Mrs. Stephen Ogden of St. Francisville, Ill.; L.M. Waggoner, of South Bend, Mrs. Will Smith, of Goshen; and Mrs. R.F. Bannister, of Indianapolis. He is also survived by five grand children and three great grandchildren.
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