Indiana Soldiers
2nd 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
William A. Bowles
Captain, Colonel, 2nd Regiment, Company B, Orange County.  Mustered in 19 Jun 
1846, at New Albany, Indiana, by Colonel Samuel Churchill, transferred 31 Jul 1846 
to Colonel, mustered out 21 Jun 1847, at New Orleans, Louisiana, by Colonel 
Samuel Churchill.

Joseph Lane
Colonel, 2nd Regiment. Mustered in 19 Jun 1846, at New Albany, Indiana, by 
Colonel Samuel Churchill, mustered out 21 Jun 1847, at New Orleans, Louisiana, 
by Colonel Samuel Churchill. He started in Company K, 2nd Regiment, under 
Captain Walker, he received a commission from the President as Brigadier-General, 
and was assigned the command of the Indiana Brigade. Joseph Lane was born in North 
Carolina on December 14, 1801 to John and Elizabeth Street Lane. Nine years later 
the family moved to Kentucky. After reaching adulthood, Lane relocated to Indiana 
and served in both houses of the legislature from 1822 to 1846. With the beginning 
of the Mexican War in 1846, he received the commission of colonel in the 2nd Indiana 
Volunteers. He attained the rank of major-general in 1847 before his discharge in 1848. 
President James K. Polk appointed Lane to be governor of the new Oregon Territory in 
1848. After a hazardous midwinter journey, he arrived at Oregon City in March 1849 
to begin his duties. These duties included traveling to Walla Walla country to secure 
the surrender of five Cayuse Indians accused in relation to the Whitman Massacre. The 
Indians were later convicted and hanged. Lane served as governor until June 1850 after 
which he served as delegate to Congress until Oregon became a state in 1859. He served 
as first Oregon senator from 1859 to 1861 and ran as a Democratic candidate for vice 
president on the unsuccessful Breckenridge ticket in 1860. Lane's pro-slavery Southern 
sympathies limited his political career in the 1860s. He spent the rest of his life on 
his land claim in the Umpqua Valley where he took no active part in politics. One of 
his sons, Lafayette Lane served in Congress from 1875 to 1877; and a grandson, Dr. 
Harry Lane, was a U.S. Senator from 1913 to 1917, dying in office. Lane County, Oregon 
is named for Joseph Lane.
Lieutenant Colonel
William R. Haddon
Lieutenant Colonel, 2nd Regiment. Mustered in 19 Jun 1846, at New Albany, Indiana, 
by Colonel Samuel Churchill, mustered out 21 Jun 1847, at New Orleans, Louisiana, 
by Colonel Samuel Churchill.  Obituary of Col. William R. Haddon [1806, Virginia to 
1859, Indiana].  The Valley Times, Worthington, Greene County, Indiana, Thursday, 
February 10, 1858, Volume 3, Number 50, Page 3, Column 1, “From the Sullivan 
Democrat. Died,”  [Transcribed from Greene County Historical Society Microfilm 
Records.] —At his residence near Carlisle on Thursday the 27th, ult., Colonel 
William R. Haddon, aged about 53 years.  The Colonel was a native of Virginia.  
His father emigrated to the West and settled near Carlisle when the deceased 
was a child.  From that time until his death, he was a citizen of Sullivan County, 
and it may with truth be said that he was one of the “old settlers.”  He held many 
important offices during his life, having represented this county several times in 
the State Legislature.  And when the call was made for volunteers in the War 
with Mexico, he was one of the first to offer his services.  He was elected 
Lieutenant Colonel of the 2nd Regiment, and took an active part in the battle 
of Buena Vista.  After his return from Mexico he was elected a delegate from 
the Senatorial District composed of Sullivan, Vigo and Clay to the Constitutional 
Convention—Since that time he has resided on his farm near Carlisle.  During 
the latter part of Col Haddon's life, he had much to make him unhappy.  “After 
life’s fitful fever he sleeps well.”  Source for this information is Bob Jackson of 
Bloomfield.
Major
James A. Cravens
Mustered in 19 Jun 1846, at New Albany, Indiana, by Colonel Samuel Churchill, 
mustered out 21 Jun 1847, at New Orleans, Louisiana, by Colonel Samuel 
Churchill.
1st Lieutenant
David C. Shanks
Mustered in 19 Jun 1846, at New Albany, Indiana, by Colonel Samuel Churchill, 
mustered out 21 Jun 1847, at New Orleans, Louisiana, by Colonel Samuel 
Churchill.
1st. Lieutenant and Adjutant
Lucian Q. Hoggatt
1st Lieutenant, 2nd Regiment, Company F, Lawrence County, Adjutant, 2nd 
Regiment.  Mustered in 20 Jun 1846, at New Albany, Indiana, by Colonel 
Samuel Churchill.  Mustered out 21 Jun 1847, at New Orleans, Louisiana, by 
Colonel Samuel Churchill.
Sergeant
Thomas Gwin
Sergeant, 2nd Regiment. Mustered in 19 Jun 1846, at New Albany, Indiana, by 
Colonel Samuel Churchill, mustered out 21 Jun 1847, at New Orleans, Louisiana, 
by Colonel Samuel Churchill.
Sergeant Major
Gwinn, Thomas
Sergeant Major, 2nd Regiment, Company A, Floyd County.  Mustered in 20 Jun 
1846, at New Albany, Indiana, by Colonel Samuel Churchill, Transferred 20 Feb 
1847 to Sergeant Major.

Franklin McRae
Private, Captain, Sergeant Major, 2nd Regiment, Company I. Mustered in 19 Jun 
1846, at New Albany, Indiana, by Colonel Samuel Churchill, transferred 21 Sep 
1846, to Captain, transferred 18 Feb 1847, to Sergeant Major, mustered out 21 
Jun 1847, at New Orleans, Louisiana, by Colonel Samuel Churchill.
Quartermaster Sergeant
Thomas Grimes
Clay County, mustered in 19 Jun 1846, at New Albany, Indiana, by Colonel 
Samuel Churchill, transferred 24 Jun 1846 to Quarter Master Sergeant, 
mustered out 21 Jun 1847, at New Orleans, Louisiana, by Colonel Samuel 
Churchill.  Thomas Grimes, Captain, the son of George and Elizabeth 
Donohoe Grimes, was born 18 May 1823 in Leeburg, Loudoun County, 
Virginia.  He died 10 Feb 1876 in San Luis Valley, Saguache County, 
Colorado.  Thomas married Sarah Jane Gildea on 2 Sep 1847 in Bowling 
Green, Indiana.  Sarah was the daughter of James and Sarah Zenor Gildea 
of Clay County, Indiana and was born 9 May 1830 in Louisville, Kentucky. 
She died in her daughter's (Mary E. Crosley) home in Denver, Colorado on 
20 Jul, 1900.  They had 9 children, all born in Indiana. He moved to Colorado 
around Nov 1872 and obtained property in the San Luis Valley and was a 
cattle rancher.  He died at Rito Alto, Saguache County, on 10 Feb, 1876.
In the Civil War, Thomas was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the 85th 
Indiana Infantry on 15 Aug 1862 and promoted to Captain on 1 Apr 1863. 
Captured at the Battle of Thompson¹s Station when the Union Troops were 
outnumbered and overrun, he was marched as a Prisoner from Tennessee 
to Richmond, Virginia to the infamous Libby Prison. He was exchanged for 
a Confederate of like rank and returned to duty. Thomas was discharged in 
1865.  Thomas¹s brother, George Jr. was captured in that same incident and 
also sent to Libby prison.. George served almost 3 years in the Civil War, 
having been promoted from First Orderly Sergeant to 2nd Lieutenant in the 
85th Regiment on Nov 21, 1862, promoted to 1st Lieutenant May 21, 1863, 
and to Captain on Sept 1, 1864. George was also exchanged for a like officer 
of the South.  Before the Mexican War, Thomas had tried his hand at panning 
for gold in California and giving that up, he returned to Indiana.  Thomas 
Grimes was a brother of my Great Grandfather, William Grimes.  Source
for this information is John E. Grimes at email address carolned@pacbell.net
A. C. S.
C. C. Gresham
A.C.S., 2nd Regiment. Mustered in 19 Jun 1846, at New Albany, Indiana, by 
Colonel Samuel Churchill, mustered out 21 Jun 1847, at New Orleans, 
Louisiana, by Colonel Samuel Churchill.
Surgeon
Daniel S. Lane
Surgeon, 2nd Regiment. Mustered in 19 Jun 1846, at New Albany, Indiana, 
by Colonel Samuel Churchill, appointed Surgeon, 14 Jul 1846, mustered 
out 21 Jun 1847, at New Orleans, Louisiana, by Colonel Samuel Churchill.
Assistant Surgeon
John T. Walker
Assistant Surgeon, 2nd Regiment. Mustered in 19 Jun 1846, at New Albany, 
Indiana, by Colonel Samuel Churchill, appointed Assistant Surgeon, 14 Jul 
1846, mustered out 21 Jun 1847, at New Orleans, Louisiana, by Colonel 
Samuel Churchill.
Principal Musician
Lewis L. Garner
Mustered in 19 Jun 1846, at New Albany, Indiana, by Colonel Samuel Churchill, 
mustered out 21 Jun 1847, at New Orleans, Louisiana, by Colonel Samuel 
Churchill.

Nathaniel Green
Mustered in 19 Jun 1846, at New Albany, Indiana, by Colonel Samuel Churchill, 
mustered out 21 Jun 1847, at New Orleans, Louisiana, by Colonel Samuel 
Churchill.

Robert W. Hall
Mustered in 19 Jun 1846, at New Albany, Indiana, by Colonel Samuel Churchill, 
mustered out 21 Jun 1847, at New Orleans, Louisiana, by Colonel Samuel 
Churchill.

Levi Williams
Musician, Drum Major, 2nd Regiment, Company B, Orange County. Mustered in 
19 Jun 1846, at New Albany, Indiana, by Colonel Samuel Churchill, transferred 
31 Jul 1846 to Drum Major, mustered out 21 Jun 1847, at New Orleans, 
Louisiana, by Colonel Samuel Churchill.

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