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Capt. Henry H. TALBOT -- see picture

Source: Dunn, Jacob Piatt. Indiana and Indianans. Chicago: American Historical Society, 1919p 1310

Capt. Henry H. Talbot. It has been the gracious privilege of Capt. Henry H. Talbot of Crawfordsville to review the emotions and experiences of the great American Civil War through which he passed as a gallant soldier and officer when he lent his energies to the forces of the WW when america joined the allies in overcoming the menance of Prussianism in the world. Capt. Talbot is now one of the scattered remnants of that great army that fought against slavery more than half a century ago and the honors he achieved as a soldier have been repeated again and again as a substantial citizen and for many years as a practical farmer in Montgomery County. He comes of a family of soldiers, pioneers and patriots. he was born at Lexington, Fayette Co KY September 6, 1841, son of Courtney and Elizabeth Harp Talbot. His great grandfather, John Kennedy born Oct 16, 1742, was a soldier in the struggle for independence. A grant of nearly 3000 acres of land on Kennedy's Creek in Bourbon Co KY was issued John Kennedy and his brother Joseph Kennedy. The record of that trasaction, a copy of which is in the possession of Capt. Talbot, shows that the land was located and surveyed by Maj. Daniel Boone Oct 16, 1779. The paternal grandfather was Nicholas Talbot, born in VA Nov 10, 1781. He was an early settler in KY where his son Courtney was born Sept 3, 1804. Elizabeth Harp was born in Fayette County, KY July 14, 1813. The Talbots of KY were planters and slave owners and Capt. Talbot was the only one of the family to espouse the cause of the Union in the Civil War, a number of his relatives having fought on the other side. Capt. Talbot was 20 when the war broke out. His earlier life had been spent on the farm with a practical education i the common schools. At the very outbreak of the war he enlisted in a three months' regiment and later became a member of Co C, 7th Ky Cavalry. HIs first battle was at Richmond, KY AUg 30, 1862.

Upon the cavalry arm of the federal forces devolved some of the most hazardous and responsible duties in connection with waging the war in the Mississippi Valley. Thus Capt. Talbot was exposed to many more dangers than those encountered by the average soldier in infantry commands and for nearly 3 years was riding about over many states of the Central South, scouting raiding, guarding lines of communication. Some of his hardest service was against Longstreet around Knoxville, Tenn in the winter of 1863-64. He was in the Wilson Cavalry raid, which started from Eastport, Mississippi, and ended with Capt. Talbot's regiment in Florida. He was also in the Atlanta campaign, and fought in the last battle of the war at Westpoint, Georgia April 16, 1865. He was mustered out at Nashville July 17, 1865. Capt. Talbot was twice wounded, once through the right breast and once through the right leg. Soldierly conduct, bravery and efficiency won him several promotions, being advanced to the rank of 2nd Lt. and later captain of his company. When the war was over Capt Talbot, a veteran soldier, returned to his Ky home and resumed farming, but a few years later moved to Montgomery County, Indiana where he acquired a large farm near Crawfordsville. He has been one of the leading stock arisers in that community and all branches of farming have appealed to him and he has long been recognized as a master of those arts concerned in making the soil produce abundantly. For many years he has enjoyed one of the best country homes of the county. During this time he has allied himself constantly with the elements of progress. In politics he has been a steadfast republican though in 1912 he supported the progressive ticket. He served one term as member of the County Council. For two terms he was commander of McPherson Post 7 Grand Army of the Republic at Crawfordsville. He has been a Mason in good standing for more than half a century,being affiliated with Montgomery Lodge 50, Ancient Free & Accepted Masons. On June 6, 1872, Capt. Talbot married Miss Hettie A. Evans, daughter of Rev. Samuel and Mary Woodruff Evans of Waveland, Indiana. They became the parents of two daughters, May Wood and Ethel. Ethel is the widow of Wallace Sparks, a former clerk of Montgomery County.

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