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The Civil War OR ... The War Between the States OR ... The War of Secession OR ... The War of Northern Aggression
The US War Between the States was known by many names, depending on your locality and alliances. No other war in history is studied as much as this one. This war was a rift in the basic structures that formed this country, caused by the basic rights that were established when the Constitution was ratified.
Picture of Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) organization celebration - 1909 - downtown Crawfordsville - thanks muches to Lynn R for this one :)
Pensioner (1883) Listing (thanks to Scott B for the link)
PENSIONS & OTHER POSSIBLE INCOME EXPLAINED
Many questions regarding CW pension come my way - this will help explain it to you: "Crawfordsville Review 9 Sept 18861" - Pension, Bounty, Back Pay - commutasions (?)_ of rations for Soldiers who have been Prisoners of War and Prize Money also claims for hoses and other property lost in the service, and in fact every species of claims against the government ... collected with Promptness and Dispatch by ... WP Britton, Attorney .. and Government Claim Agent, Office with County Treasurer - Crawfordsville, Indiana ..
Tto widows & other heirs of deceased soldiers ... 1st When a soldier has died from any cause in the service of the United States, since the 13th of April 1861, leaving a widow, she is entitled to a pension of $8 per months; also a bounty of from $75 to $07, besides all arrears of pay. 2d. If the soldier left no widow, his children under 16 years of age are entitled to the pension, back pay and bounty. 3d if the soldier left no widow, child or children, then the father is entitled to the bounty and back pay, but no pension. 4th - if the soldier left no widow, child or father, or if the father has abandoned the support of the family, the mother is entitled to the back pay and bounty, and, if she was dependent, in whole or in part of her son for support, to a pension also. 5th. If the soldier left, none of the above heirs, then the brothers and sisters are entitled to the back pay and bounty.
To Discharged Soldiers ... When a soldier is discharged by reason of the expiration of his term of service, he is entitled to all arrears of pay and the balance of the bounty promised to him after deducting the installments paid. 2d. Soldiers discharged for wounds receive din line of duty are entitled to a bounty. 3d: soldiers discharged by reason of disease contracted in the service, or wounds received, which still disable them are entitled to a PENSION in additon to the above. By a late act of Congress every soldier who shall have lost both hands or both feet or who shall have lost one hand and one foot in the service shall be entitled to a pension of $20 per month. Officers returns to Chief of Ordnance, Surgeon General and Quarter Master General mad eup and certificates of non indebtedness obtained. Fees Reasonable and no charge in any case unless successful. --- Special attention given, also to the settlement of decendents' estates and other legal business. July 8, 1965 + WP Britton
Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal, 1 March 1895
ST. LOUIS Globe-Democrat: It is a curious fact that a Democratic Congress has fixed the minimum pension of soldiers of the civil war at $6 per month, and that of soldiers of the Mexican war at $12 per month. It is proper to add that a large majority of the former are Republicans, while most of the latter are not. (sounds like the papers today in 2018 - geez - thanks to Kim H
Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal 21 April 1888 p 3
Capt. S.A. Stilwell has procured the following pensions: Mrs. Nancy Lambert, widow of Wm. Lambert of Frankfort, at $16 for herself and two children. Joseph Madden, Co C 40th Ind Vol at $8 a month; Noah Flannegan, Co B 120th Ind Vol. at $8 a month and Francis M. Leek, 99th Ind Vol. at $4 a month.
UNITS (Rosters, Etc.)
Losses, 15th Indiana - 1863 (also John Long, transferred to 17th May 1864 after the 15th was completed)
21stInd Inf (Co H)
Company C, 40th Indiana Infantry (thanks so much, Jeff S)
Company E, 72nd Indiana Infantry (thanks, Jeff S)
CSA burials in the county (thanks to BB & Fines)
EDWARD R. S.
Confederate Presence in Montgomery County (thanks again, Bill - greatly appreciated)
Confederate Vets (Bill Boone)
Confederate Vets - more info - just beginning :)
FRY, Dr. Thomas W -- letters from the war years back home to C'ville (thanks to Kim H)
GAR Ribbon - WOW - -- top (my eyes aren't what they used to be 1864-1886 I think it says and this must have been the Old Soldier day ribbon of 1886 -- bottom - this is really unusual so thanks sooooo much to Sandra R. - it was in a book of her gg grandparents, James Wilson and Martha Compton Lee
Ladies Aid of Crawfordsville - thanks James Jesse & Walnut Twp citizens
Ocheltree, George - CW discharge - this is soooo awesome. Thanks so much to Boyd McN -- here is his note about this awesome historical find. "Karen, I finally got around to sending my great grandfathers Army Discharge. Sorry for the delay. There’s a really odd story about how I got this. Early in my research I had posted a question about George Ocheltree on a family forum. One day I got an email from a guy in Fort Wayne wanting to know if I was still interested in George Ocheltree and that he had his Army Discharge. I figured it was someone that had gone to the Ft. Wayne Library, found the information and wanted to cash in on his work. I decided to reply anyway. Turns out the guys sister-in-law’s husband was from Montgomery Co.. They had been “home” and bought an old book and the Discharge was in that book. The guys wife was the family genealogist and her sister gave her the paper to see what she could find out about George Ocheltree. The wife had died and he was cleaning up some of her stuff and the paper had fallen behind her credenza. He saw my post, contacted me and then ended up bringing the Discharge to me, he wouldn’t let me go get it or even let me meet him half way. I look forward to seeing these images on the Montgomery Co. page. Boyd" -- note: the backside is not filled out (thought it was interesting however and so wish every soldier had had his completed) but some of that information is on the (above) front page - WOW what a great historical find - blessings upon the man who got this to Boyd :)
ORNBAUN, Henry Newton -- Henry was a minister and was shot in the hip at the battle of Murpheesboro. Basically, he bled to death in the Union hospital in Chattanooga but with faithful he would go to Heaven!
RUSK, Branson - CW collection and discussion of Gen. Lew's discipline
WALDON, J.H. - letter to Capt. Talbot
WHITELY, Frank - Source: Crawfordsville Review Tuesday Feb 1, 1916 Frank WHITELY a well known citizen of Advance (Parke County) has suffered a stroke of paralysis according to reports received in New Ross today. He was stricken while down town and was taken to the home of his son-in-law Charles McClain. Whitely who was a veteran of the civil war was past 80 and had lived in Advance more than 40 years. He is survived by a daughter Mrs. Ellen Moody and Roy Whitely of this place.
WHITSELL, Polk - Source: Waveland Independent Waveland, Montgomery County, Indiana July 17, 1931 Polk WHITESELL of Rockville, applied for a pension from his native state of Virginia for his service in the Confederate army. The application was turned down because veterans are required to be residents of the state. However, he received a cordial invitation to move back to old Virginy.
STORIES / FOLKLORE
Source: Crawfordsville Journal & Review, May 29, 1931
Names of five Union Veterans of the Civil War and that of one Confederate veteran have been added to the list of 23 living Civil War veterans published in Thursday afternoon's issue of the Journal & Review. Additional veterans are: Hezekiah ZACHARY, who lives just outside of Waveland; John BRUCH, ½ mile north of New Ross; Isaac GOLLADAY, lives in New Ross; John McCREARY, who resides 5wo miles south of New Ross and john C. KNOX who lives with his daughter at Whitesville. The Confederate veteran living in the county is Llewelyn W. COPPAGE, 115 E. College St. Information as to the names of any other veterans in the county would be appreciated by the Journal & Review.
The SULTANA DISASTER
If you had an interest in the Sultana Disaster, you might want to read about the Eclipse -- thanks, Kathy
Eclipse -- article at time of disaster - thanks, Kim
REUNIONS, GAR, Etc.
Although most Montgomery County Historians consider we have 5 Civil War Generals, I feel there are six and here they are ..... :) Always did have to be different :) kz
CLINE, Ben -- This likely Ben Cline-- Source: Crawfordsville Daily Journal 27 March 1891 There have been two funerals in Crawfordsville within the last week conducted by the township trustee. One was that of a soldier and he received a $50 funeral, the other one costing $14.50. This is in accordance with the last of Indiana.
Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal Crawfordsville, Montgomery
County, Indiana Saturday April 18 1891 Thursday at 9 o'clock a.m.
Ben Cline, colored, aged 46 years died at his home on North Walnut
Street. He had been ill for some time with paralysis.
SMITH, Peter Source: Iva Lewis Obituary Scrapbook Peter Smith was born in Hamilton county, Ohio, February 29, 1832; moved to Montgomery county, Ind., in 1835. He enlisted in the United States service Dec. 19, 1862 and was discharged from the service April 10. 1866. The following are the names of battles he was in: Dalton, Kenesaw Mountain, Lost Mountain, Resaca, Burnt Hickory, Rough and Ready, Jonesboro, Lone Gap, Ga., Columbia, Tenn., Kingston, N.C. He died Feb. 5, 1900. Leaves a wife, two children, five sisters, two brothers and a host of friends to mourn his loss. He was first married to Catherine A. Grenard. To this union was born two daughters, Mary Thompson and Leota Doyl. He was again married to Elenor F. Meek, April 26, 1872; but his work is done and he has gone to his Maker, to receive the reward of his labor. When time shall have gathered all of us to our Maker, it should be a pleasure to know that our memory was cherished as that of Peter Smith. As a neighbor he was kind, obliging and was ready to lend a helping hand when ever he could. He was true and honorable in all things, industrious and unless duty called him somewhere else, was always found at his work or with his family. His last days were full of suffering, but he bore it patiently to the last. The funeral services were conducted by Brother Hinson, of the Baptist church. The remains were laid to rest in the Masonic cemetery, by Brow and Birdsell.
LETTERS & MISC.
TOLEN (Dan); WORK (james); FRUITS (Jonathan) and BLACKFORD (Nathaniel - refuse to give names to enrolling officers
VORIS, George -- Source: Crawfordsville Review 9 Jan 1897 Many persons here know George W. Voris, as he formerly lived in the county and has many relatives living here. His actions regarding himself and toward other persons here became notorious. He is of an erratic, stubborn disposition and it would seem can get along with no body any length of time. George was a gallant soldier during the war and is entitled to a pension and should have it but his obstinate disposition in refusing to submit to a medical examination as all veterans are compellted to, has kept him from getting it and probably always will, and he is very likely to go down to his grave depriving his children and family of that much at least, whatever it might be of money which would benefit them. A special examiner was here once who came on purpose to make the examination but George as heretofore, refused to submit and is still without any pay from the government. Through his obstinancy he has become hard up, is without much means, and has been forced out of his home for rent by officers. The following from the Lafayette journal is the latest concerning him: “The Lafayette Journal tells of the misfortunes of Geo. Voris and wife of Romney. The constable placed their household effects in the roadway. The couple gathered a few of their effects in baskets and started on foot to Crawfordsville leaving their household goods in the street. A sad holiday experience for the old people.
WARREN, Henry -- Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Review Friday Sept 27, 1907-- Uncle Henry Warren, one of the politest colored gentlemen of Crawfordsville has had his pension increased to $30 through the agency of Capt. SA Stilwell.
MOODY, Thomas Newton "Pony" - signing up on the 13th day of August 1862
MOODY, Thomas Newton "Pony" -- home on leave, marrying his sweetie, Martha Ellen Clements on the 25th of August in 1864 (40th Regiment Indiana Infantry -- LOVE the gold buttons - thanks so much to JDG for both of these
Samuel B. Bennett - - Co.C. 120th Ind.
Henry Brewer - - 16th Ind. Bat.
Austin Carpenter - - Co. D. 28th U.S.C.T.
J. J. Carter - - Co B. 22nd Ind
George A. Foster - - Co. K. 154th Ind
Isaac Jones - - Mass. Inf. U.S.C.T.
Daniel Kernoodle - - Co. A. 124th Ind
James McCabe - - Co. E. 150th Ind
James McLaughlin - - Co. A. 63rd Ind.
Joseph Mount - - Co. C. 135th Ind.
Nelson Patterson - - Co. G. 28th U.S.C.T.
Henry E. Reed - - Co. E. 72nd Ind.
Harvey Smith - - Co. E. 100th U.S.C.T.
Monroe Vick - - 8th U.S.C.T.
Chas. Wickliff - - Co. D. 28th U.S.C.T.
Thanks so very much to Kim H for those having past by June 1894 and the cemeteries where they are buried in and around C'ville
Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal,1 June 1894
The following is a complete list of the soldiers buried in the cemeteries in and near this city UNTIL June 1894 - of course, there are several more having died after this date NOTE:
ODD FELLOWS CEMETERY.
McCollough, James B, war of 1812
Stitt, James, war of 1812
Others Civil War
MASONIC CEMETERY --
Others are Civil War
OAK HILL CEMETERY.
Dunn, Nathaniel, war of 1812
Rest in Civil War
OLD TOWN CEMETERY.
Hopping, Louis, I 11th Ind
Stover, John, B 10th lnd
Decorated by McPherson Post No. 7 G.A.R.
File Created: 10 March 2010
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