Indiana Soldiers
1st Regiment
Indiana Volunteer Infantry
Mexican War
Field and Staff Officers

Source for these records are Indiana in the Mexican War, by Oran Perry, Adjutant General, Indianapolis, 1 Aug 1908.


Colonel
James P. Drake
Marion County. Mustered in 20 Jun 1846, at New Albany, Indiana, by Colonel Samuel 
Churchill, transferred 25 Jun 1846, elected Colonel, mustered out 16 Jun 1847 at New 
Orleans, Louisiana, by Colonel Samuel Churchill.  He emigrated to Georgia, after the 
war and eventually died there.
Lieutenant Colonel
Henry Smith Lane
Montgomery County, mustered in 20 Jun 1846, at New Albany, Indiana, by Colonel 
Samuel Churchill, transferred 1 Jan 1847 to Staff Lieutenant Colonel, mustered 
out 16 Jun 1847 at New Orleans, Louisiana, by Colonel Samuel Churchill. Henry 
Smith Lane (1811- 1881), also known as Henry S. Lane of Crawfordsville, Montgomery 
County, Indiana. He was the son of James Hardage Lane and Sarah Smith (b. 27 may 1786). 
To the union of James and Sarah were born the following children: William; Henry S.; 
Higgins; John; James H.; Mary (Carrington); Elizabeth (Goodlow); Nancy (Riggs); 
Evelina (Reid); and Sarah (Stone). He was born near Sharbsburg, Bath County, Kentucky, 
February 24, 1811. He began practicing law in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, in 1832. The 
following year he married his cousin, Pamela Bledsoe Jameson and moved to Crawfordsville, 
Montgomery County, Indiana. He began his legal career in Crawfordsville practicing in 
an office with Isaac Naylor. In 1834 Lane was elected to the Indiana House of 
Representatives as a member of the Whig Party and was closely aligned with beliefs 
of Henry Clay. Three years later he was elected to Congress in a special election. 
In 1842 Pamela died and he lost his bid for reelection. Lane then returned to 
Crawfordsville where he met and later married Joanna Elston, the second daughter 
of prominent banker and businessman, Colonel Isaac C. Elston (17981868). Another 
of Elston's daughters, Susan, married Lew Wallace. When the Mexican War broke out, 
Lane organized a company of volunteers, which later became part of the 1st Indiana 
Regiment. By the end of the war, he had risen to the rank of lieutenant colonel. He 
returned to Crawfordsville after the war and joined his father-in-law in the banking 
business. Lane was also active in the formation of the Republican Party in Indiana, 
and he became chairman of the first national Republican convention, held in 
Philadelphia in 1856. In 1859, after the Republicans gained control of the state 
legislature, they declared the previous Senate election irregular and elected Lane 
and Monroe McCarty to replace the candidates already in Washington. The Democratic
controlled Congress refused to seat the Republican electives. Lane then agreed to 
run for governor with the understanding that should he win the office and the 
Congress reverse its rulings, he could resign as governor and serve in the Senate. 
Both events came to fruition, so Lane resigned after serving only two days as 
governor of Indiana and returned to Washington. After serving one term in the 
Senate, Lane refused to run for reelection and returned to Crawfordsville in 1867. 
In June 1869 Lane was named to serve on the Commission of Indian Affairs by President 
Grant but resigned in July 1870. Two years later, he served on the Mississippi River 
Commission. Methodist. He died in Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Ind., June 18, 
1881. Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery, Crawfordsville, Ind. 

Christopher C. Nave
Captain, Lieutenant Colonel, 1st Regiment, Company I, Hendricks County, mustered 
in 20 Jun 1846, at New Albany, Indiana, by Colonel Samuel Churchill, transferred 25 
Jun 1846, to Lieutenant Colonel, discharged 31 Jan 1847.
Major
William Donaldson
Mustered in 20 Jun 1846, at New Albany, Indiana, by Colonel Samuel Churchill, 
mustered out 16 Jun 1847 at New Orleans, Louisiana, by Colonel Samuel Churchill.
Adjutant
William Pearsons
Mustered in 20 Jun 1846, at New Albany, Indiana, by Colonel Samuel Churchill, 
mustered out 16 Jun 1847 at New Orleans, Louisiana, by Colonel Samuel Churchill.
Sergeant Major
John H. Johnston
Private, 1st Regiment, Company A, Putnam County.  Transferred 24 Jun 1846 to 
Sergeant Major. Mustered in 20 Jun 1846, at New Albany, Indiana, by Colonel 
Samuel Churchill, mustered out 16 Jun 1847 at New Orleans, Louisiana, by 
Colonel Samuel Churchill.
Quartermaster Sergeant
William M. Albin
Private, 1st Regiment, Company A, Putnam County.  Transferred 9 Aug 1846 to 
Quarter Master Sergeant. Mustered in 20 Jun 1846, at New Albany, Indiana, by 
Colonel Samuel Churchill, mustered out 16 Jun 1847 at New Orleans, Louisiana, 
by Colonel Samuel Churchill.

James F. Harney
Quarter Master Sergeant, 1st Regiment.  Mustered in 20 Jun 1846, New Albany, 
Indiana, by Colonel Samuel Churchill, discharged 18 Aug 1846.
Assistant Quartermaster Sergeant
James Wilson
Assistant Quarter Master, 1st Regiment. Mustered in 20 Jun 1846, at New 
Albany, Indiana, by Colonel Samuel Churchill, mustered out 16 Jun 1847 
at New Orleans, Louisiana, by Colonel Samuel Churchill.

William L. Brown
1st Lieutenant, Assistant Quartermaster, 1st Regiment. Mustered in 19 Jun 
1846, at New Albany, Indiana, by Colonel Samuel Churchill, mustered out 
16 Jun 1847 at New Orleans, Louisiana, by Colonel Samuel Churchill.
A. C. S.
Delana R. Eckles
Captain, 1st Regiment, Com. Sub.. Mustered in 26 Jun 1846, at New Albany, Indiana, 
by Colonel Samuel Churchill, mustered out 16 Jun 1847 at New Orleans, Louisiana, 
by Colonel Samuel Churchill.
Surgeon
Caleb V. Jones
Mustered in 20 Jun 1846, at New Albany, Indiana, by Colonel Samuel Churchill, 
transferred, promoted to Surgeon of regiment, 14 Jul 1846. mustered out 16 Jun 1847 
at New Orleans, Louisiana, by Colonel Samuel Churchill.
Assistant Surgeon
William Fosdick
Mustered in 19 Jun 1846, at New Albany, Indiana, by Colonel Samuel Churchill, 
transferred to Assistant Surgeon, 14 Jul 1846, mustered out 16 Jun 1847 at New 
Orleans, Louisiana, by Colonel Samuel Churchill.
Principal Musician
Gilmore Jordon
Musician, 1st Regiment, Company B, Miami County. transferred to non-
commissioned staff. Mustered in 20 Jun 1846, at New Albany, Indiana, by 
Colonel Samuel Churchill, mustered out 16 Jun 1847 at New Orleans, 
Louisiana, by Colonel Samuel Churchill.

William K. Miller
Musician, 1st Regiment. Mustered in 20 Jun 1846, at New Albany, Indiana, by 
Colonel Samuel Churchill, mustered out 16 Jun 1847 at New Orleans, Louisiana, 
by Colonel Samuel Churchill.

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