Indiana Soldiers
5th 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 Henry Lane
Service: Mexican War, Captain of Company K, 3rd Regiment, Colonel, 3rd Regiment, 
Colonel, 5th Regiment, Allen County. Mustered into the 3rd Regiment 25 Jun 1846 
at New Albany, Indiana, by Colonel Samuel Churchill, mustered out 24 Jun 1847, 
at New Orleans, Louisiana, by Colonel Samuel Churchill. Mustered into the 5th 
regiment, 22 Oct 1847, at Madison, Indiana, by Major Morrison, mustered out 28 
Jul 1848, at Madison, Indiana, by Major H. A. Goff. Colonel James Henry Lane was 
born in Lawrenceburg, in 1814. He was a merchant at Lawrenceburg, and afterward 
studied law. He was colonel of the Third Indiana Regiment, in the Mexican War, 
and afterward of the Fifth Regiment. His gallantry at Buena Vista reflected great 
credit on his native State. He was lieutenant governor of Indiana from 1849 to 
1853. He represented his district in Congress, from 1853-1855. He was elected as 
a Democrat, and in Congress voted for the Kansas, Neb., bill. He subsequently went 
to Kansas, and there became noted as a leader of the Free-State party. When he went 
to Kansas, he had no expectation of leaving the Democratic party: he desired by a 
conservative course to make Kansas a free State and a Democratic State, but when he 
got there, he found that no man could occupy a middle ground, much less a conservative 
position. He was compelled to choose between the pro-slavery cause and the Republican 
party; he became a Republican more from necessity than choice, and when once inside 
of that party he remained. General James Henry Lane was as brave a man as ever faced 
an enemy, as those associated with him will cheerfully testify, and as Stringfellow 
and Atchison found to their cost. He was elected to the United States Senate from 
Kansas, and was serving his second term in that body when he ended his life by suicide. 
While in Mexico, he contracted from (drinking poisoned) water a diarrhea, which became 
chronic and afflicted him to the grave, and no doubt produced that aberration of mind 
which was apparent on a number of occasions for several years before his death, and 
which prevented him from gaining high rank in the civil war. "He was a man of restless 
ambition, unconquerable energy and imperious will. For his services in repelling the 
border ruffians' of Kansas, and preserving that beautiful country from the curse of 
slavery, he deserved well of his country, and will occupy a prominent and honorable 
position in the history of the great struggle between freedom and bondage." He shot 
himself in the mouth and died Sunday afternoon, July 1, 1866, near Lawrence, Kansas. 
James H. Lane was married in 1841 to Miss Mary Baldridge, a grand-daughter of General 
Arthur St. Clair. Of their children three are living at this time: Lieutenant James H. 
Lane, late of the regular army; Thomas Davis Lane, and Mrs. Annie E. Johnson. He was a 
merchant of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, a young son of Amos Lane and Mary Foote. He organized 
Company K, as volunteers for the Mexican War, and was the first to report to the Governor, 
the organization of a company. Served in the Civil War as a Brigadier-General.
Lieutenant Colonel
Allen May
Captain, 5th Regiment, Company I, Montgomery County.  Mustered in 8 Oct 
1847, at Madison Indiana, by Lieutenant Rodman, transferred 22 Oct 1847, 
to Company A.
Major
John H. Myers
Major, 5th Regiment. Mustered in 13 Oct 1847 at Madison, Indiana, by Major 
Morrison, mustered out 28 Jul 1848, at Madison, Indiana, by Major H. A. Goff.
Quartermaster
James Baker
Quartermaster, 5th Regiment. Mustered in 1 Oct 1847 at Madison, Indiana, by 
Lieutenant Rodman, mustered out 28 Jul 1848, at Madison, Indiana, by Major 
H. A. Goff.
Adjutant
John M. Lord
Adjutant, 5th Regiment.  Mustered in 14 Oct 1847 at Madison, Indiana, by 
Major Morrison, mustered out 28 Jul 1848, at Madison, Indiana, by Major 
H. A. Goff.
Sergeant Major
Francis P. Bradley
Private, 5th Regiment, Company H, Grant County.  mustered in 14 Oct 1847, 
at Madison, Indiana, by Major Morrison. Transferred appointed to Sergeant 
Major 24 Oct 1847.  Mustered out 28 Jul 1848 at Madison, Indiana, by Major 
H. A. Goff.
Quartermaster Sergeant
Jacob Oldshoe
Quarter Master Sergeant, 5th Regiment. Mustered in 8 Oct 1847 at Madison, 
Indiana, by Major Morrison, mustered out 28 Jul 1848, at Madison, Indiana, 
by Major H. A. Goff.
Assistant Quartermaster and Captain
John H. Young
Assistant Quarter Master and Captain, 5th Regiment.  Enrolled 1 Oct 1847, 
appointed by the President.
Surgeon
James S. Athon
Surgeon, 3rd Regiment, 5th Regiment. Mustered into the 3rd Regiment 25 Jun 
1846 at New Albany, Indiana, by Colonel Samuel Churchill, appointed Surgeon 
14 Jul 1846, mustered out 24 Jun 1847, at New Orleans, Louisiana, by Colonel 
Samuel Churchill.  Mustered into the 5th Regiment, 22 Oct 1847, at Madison, 
Indiana, by Major Morrison, mustered out 28 Jul 1848, at Madison, Indiana, by 
Major H. A. Goff.
Assistant Surgeon
P. G. Jones
Assistant Surgeon, 5th Regiment. Mustered in 22 Oct 1847 at Madison, Indiana, 
by Major Morrison, mustered out 28 Jul 1848, at Madison, Indiana, by Major H. 
A. Goff.
Principal Musician
Wauler Venay
Musician, 5th Regiment, Company F, Marion County. Mustered in 1 Oct 1847 
at Madison, Indiana, by Major Morrison, transferred to the Non Commissioned 
Staff, as Principal Musician, 31 Dec 1847, mustered out 28 Jul 1848, at 
Madison, Indiana, by Major H. A. Goff.

James K. A. Blake
Private, 5th Regiment, Company B, Clark County. Mustered in 12 Oct 1847 at
Madison, Indiana, by Major Morrison, transferred to Non Commissioned Staff 
as Principal Musician, 14 Feb 1848, mustered out 28 Jul 1848, at Madison, 
Indiana, by Major H. A. Goff.

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