Reunion of Company H, 21st
The reunion of Co. H, 21st Indiana Volunteer Infantry And 1st
Heavy Artillery, at Bellmore, Friday, was a success to everything that goes to
make up such a meeting.
Hiram C. Mater was general manager, and appointed Judge White and Rufus
Dooley as masters of ceremonies during the day, and Capt. Campbell the campfire
Dr. James Rodman, who volunteered in the company form Bellmore, settled
in White County after the war, read and practiced medicine, was a member of the
Indiana Legislature in 1887, lost one eye, and is now a minister of the Gospel,
was the forenoon speaker. The now gray haired man surprised the older people who
saw him in 1861 as a very smooth faced boy.
Judge White led the singing, assisted at the organ by his wife, and made
it lively for the boys. A large prosperity dinner was set on long tables and
everybody was made welcome.
Dan Strange, Thomas J. Lough (merchant of Darlington), J.T. Campbell, Wm.
H. Wilkie, Rufus Dooley, Dr. Mater and Judge White were the afternoon speakers.
Judge White outdid himself. Dr. Mater is always eloquent and interesting.
At the campfire at night the speakers were Capt. Campbell, who presided,
Dr. Rodman, Rosell C. Chapin, Henry M. Thompson, who was shot so badly at Baton
Rouge, A. J. Alexander, John D. Wright, and Dan. Chapin. The old boys in gray
(hair) enjoyed the treat greatly.
The following members of the company were present: Stephen N. Forbes, H. M. Thompson, M. C. Buckler, Richard Lawrence, George W. Lough, Eli M. Robbins, George M. Scott, H. C. Mater, A. J. Stevenson, John W. Martin, John W. Reed, T. W. Lough, T.J. Lough, H. C. Thompson, W. H. Wilkey, S. T. Davis, James Davis, Gilbert Davis, James Milliman, J. H. Faith, R. Dooley, J. T. Campbell, and Alex. Stark.
Submitted by Randy Wright November 2001 Source: "The Rockville Republican" 9-15-1897