Benjamin B. Ensminger 120th Indiana Inf.

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Crawfordsville Daily Journal

Thursday, July 13, 1865

We regret to learn that our fellow townsman Corporal B.B. Ensminger, of Company B, 120th Indiana Volunteers, departed this life on the 24th of June, in a hospital at Petersburg, Va. – Mr. B had been furloughed and was on his way home on a short visit, when an accident befell him – crushed between two railroad cars – causing his death on the following day. He leaves a wife and several small children, and a host of friends to mourn his loss.

Crawfordsville Daily Journal

Thursday, July 20, 1865

Camp Near Charlotte N.C., July 2, 1865

Ed. Journal: While enjoying the amusements of camp life under the genial rays of peace highly appreciated by the soldier, the sudden announcement of the death of Corporal Benjamin B. Emsminger, Company B, 120th Indiana Volunteers, has sent a deep pang of grief to the hearts of his numerous friends throughout the Regiment, and especially the members of our company. As to the particulars of the accident that resulted in his death, we are not advised.

Corporal Ensminger enlisted in the service of his country, December 25th, 1863, at Crawfordsville, Indiana; and on the 30th of January; 1864, he was mustered in with the company at Lafayette, Ind. on the 20t the part of a gallant soldierh of March, ’64, the Regiment took the train at Indianapolis for Louisville, Ky. Remaining at that place a few days, we proceeded by rail to Nashville, and from there marched to Charleston, Tenn. On the 3rd of May, we started from that place on the campaign which resulted in the fall of Atlanta. During that eventful campaign the deceased acted nobly the part of a gallant soldier, and was in every battle or skirmish in which the regiment or company was engaged. Afterward in the battles of Spring Hill, Franklin, and Nashville, he performed his whole duty. At Kinston, N.C., on the 10th of March, 1865, he bravely faced the dangers of another hard fought battle. During the entire period of his service, he was never absent from duty an hour without leave; brave, kind and generous, he was beloved by all who knew him.


Lt. Esaias Cox, Company B, 120th Ind. Cox resided in Franklin Twp.

This P.M. at a meeting of the members of the Company, and the friends of the deceased generally, called for the purpose of adopting resolutions expressive of our feelings,

On motion, Lieut.-Col. R.C. Kise, commanding the regiment, was called to Chair, and Sergt. I.R. McClaskey chosen Secretary.

Col. Kise then in a few touching remarks stated the object of the meeting.

Col. Kise, Capt. McClaskey and Lieut. Cox being appointed a committee, reported the following Preamble and Resolutions, which were unanimously adopted;

Whereas, Under the dispensation of an all wise Providence, out esteemed comrade and fellow soldier, Benjamin B. Ensminger, Corporal, company B, 120th Regiment Indiana Volunteers, has been removed from our midst by the irresistible hand of death – the result of a sad and deplorable accident; therefore be it

Resolved, That in his death the service has lost a gallant soldier and society an honorable and exemplary gentleman; and be it further

Resolved That while the gallant departed was unflinching in the discharge of his duty as a soldier and as a man, and his hand ever open to the wants of his comrads, and his heart always beating with sympathy for the suffering, we will cherish and hold in honored remembrance, till life’s latest throb, the noble qualities of the one whose loss we mourn do deeply.

Resolved ,  That we deeply sympathize with the bereaved relatives and friends of the deceased, and with our condolence, tender them the condolatory assurance that as a soldier Corporal Ensminger was always prompt in the discharge of his duty, regardless of danger, and that as a companion and gentleman, his conduct was ever such as to win the esteem of all who knew him.

Resolved, That as a testimonial of our grief for our fellow comrade, we wear the usual badge of mourning for the period of thirty days.

Resolved, That copies of the proceedings of this meeting be furnished to the family of the deceased; and also to the editors of the Crawfordsville Review and Journal for publication.

Liet. – Col. R.C. Kise, President

Sergt. I.R. McClaskey, Secretary


Lorenzo Stone

Posted in 38th Indiana Infantry with tags , , , on June 15, 2015 by 40thindiana


L. D. Stone, furniture, Waveland, was born in Clark county, Kentucky, Semptember 15, 1825, and is the son of William and Nancy (Oliver) Stone, who were of Clark county, Kentucky, and moved to Jennings county, Indiana, about 1830, thence to Orange county in 1833, where the father died in 1840 and mother in 1869. The subject of this sketch was raised on a farm till fifteen years of age, after which he learned the cabinet-maker’s trade, and in 1856 he came to Waveland and engaged in his present business. In 1861 he enlisted in the 38th Indiana Infantry Regiment (Co. H)., and served three years. He was in the battles of Stone River, Chaplin Hills (Perryville), Mission Ridge, Chickamauga, and Jonesboro, and a great many skirmishes. After serving his country faithfully for three years he was honorably discharged and returned to Waveland and resumed his former business.

Lorenzo Stone was buried in Ames Cemetery, Paoli, Orange County, Indiana

Death of Captain Charles H. Bruce

Posted in 58th Indiana Infantry, First Hand Letters & Accounts with tags , , , , , on June 12, 2015 by 40thindiana


Captain Charles H. Bruce (Ladoga, IN.), company K, 58th Indiana Infantry

Charles H. Bruce was a resident of Clark Twp., Montgomery County, Indiana. According to the 1860 Census, he was the oldest child living at home, and worked on his widowed mothers farm. November 22, 1861 Charles went to Ladoga, where he enlisted as a member of the 58th Indiana Infantry, he was quickly elected to the position of 1st Lieutenant. After seven months in the field, Lt. Bruce was promoted to the rank of captain, filling a vacancy in Company K.. Captain Bruce would lead his company during the battle of Stones River and also the 1863 Tullahoma (Tennessee) Campaign. In the late afternoon of September 19, 1863, the 58th Indiana would see action at the battle of Chickamauga, Georgia. The 58th would become heavily engaged in action around the Tabler Viniard farm. The action here was very violent and confusing. At one point, the 58th Indiana had to cross  a fence near the Viniard home, as a Union artillery battery was in wild retreat. The battery went right through the regiment, and Company K, along with two other companies, became separated from the rest of the regiment. They were facing Hood’s hard fighting “Texas Brigade,’ that had arrived by rail from Robert E. Lee’s ‘Army of Northern Virginia.’  Captain Bruce and Company K tried to advance against a storm of lead, they then attempted to make a stand and hold their ground. Survivors of the battle stated at this point in the fight, the smoke was so thick from small arms and artillery fire, they could hardly see anything. The fighting around the Viniard Farm would soon become ‘up close and personal’ with hand to hand fighting. The battle lines would later stabilize, but the slugfest would continue into the evening.  It was sometime during these actions that Captain Bruce was mortally wounded by two gunshots, he would expire the next day.

(For those  planning a visit to Chickamauga National Battlefield Park, this action took place on the Vinard Farm, which is located at the intersection of the Viniard-Alexander Road & Lafayette Road.)

Crawfordsville Daily Journal

Thursday, October 8, 1863

Death of Capt. Bruce

Chattanooga, Tenn., September 23d,1863 – Captain Charles H. Bruce! He is fallen! The Noble, generous patriot is gone! He no more battles for the liberties of his enemy! He no longer moves among those who so loved him! He no longer leads on to victory the noble little band of heroes, who enlisted to follow him wherever the fortunes of war and the goal of his country called! True to his country’s interests, he entered the army at the outbreak of the rebellion, and has ever since served with credit and distinction both as a “staff officer” and Company Commander. None knew him not to respect and love him! His gallant men lose a noble and efficient leader. His widowed mother loses an affectionate protector!  Capt. Bruce was mortally wounded, September 19, 1863, while gallantly leading his men in a “bayonet charge” against the rebel forces on Chickamauga Creek, and died at 7 o’clock on the following day. It was not until he had received the second shot that he consented to leave the battlefield. Although his wounds were of the most painful character , he endured them with humble submission, and uttered not a murmur at his sad and untimely fate. Well may his friends and comrades mourn the loss of one so brave, so generous, and so true!

H. C. Howard

Company K; 58th Reg’t Ind. Vols.

Captain William P. Herron

Posted in 72nd Indiana Infantry with tags , , , , , on June 11, 2015 by 40thindiana

 History of Montgomery County, Indiana. Indianapolis: AW Bowen, 1913, pp. 1201-1204.


CAPT. WILLIAM P. HERRON. In a brief sketch of any living citizen it is difficult to do him exact and impartial justice, not so much, however, for lack of space or words to set forth the familiar and passing events of his personal history, as for want of the perfect and well rounded conception of his whole life, which grows, develops and ripens, like fruit, to disclose its true and best flavor only when it is mellowed by time. Daily contact with the man so familiarizes us with his many virtues that we ordinarily overlook them and commonly underestimate their possessor. Nevertheless, while the man passes away, his deeds of virtue live on, and will in due time bear fruit and do him the justice which our (76) pen fails to record. There are however, a number of elements in the life record of Capt. William P. Herron, one of the most substantial and representative citizens of Crawfordsville and western Indiana, that even now serve as samples well worthy of emulation, and his fellow townsmen are not unappreciative of these. He is one of the progressive men of this section of the state, having spent his life in his native county of Montgomery where his forebears were early pioneers, his family having been prominent in the growth and civilization of the locality for the past three quarters of a century or more. He has done much toward the general development of his chosen city and has won and retained the confidence and good will of all who know him. He is a splendid example of the virile, progressive, self-made man, of keen discernment and sound judgment, and at the same time a follower of the principles embodied in the Golden Rule in all his relations with his fellow men, and therefore he has ever enjoyed their confidence and good will. Thus for many reasons the name of Captain Herron is eminently deserving of perpetuation on the pages of this history, not the least of which is the fact that he is an honored veteran of the greatest civil conflict the world has ever known, for none of our citizens could wear a greater badge of honor than the distinction of having served the government in the memorable four years of war between the states. Captain Herron, banker, widely known business man and enterprising citizen, was born in Montgomery county, Indiana, June 17, 1843, and is a son of James D. and Rebecca (Young) Herron. The father was born on January 26, 1798 in South Carolina and at an early age removed to Ohio. In 1825 he came as an early pioneer to Montgomery county, Indiana, and entered land from the government, establishing the family home thereon, and by hard work developed a good farm and became a very influential citizen among the early pioneers, and here he continued to reside until his death on October 21, 1874. His wife, Rebecca Young, was born November 2, 1802, in Ohio. Her parents were natives of Pennsylvania. The paternal grandparents of the Captain were Scotch people and they emigrated to America prior to the Revolutionary war, and the grandfather fought in that conflict of the colonies with Great Britain. He was taken prisoner by the English and was held by them for a period of two years. After his release he settled in South Carolina. Capt. Herron grew to manhood in his native county and received a good education in the common school. He was a student in Wabash College when in 1862 he laid aside his text-books and espoused the Union cause, having then been a student in that historic institution for a period of three years. He enlisted in Company B, Seventy-second Indiana Volunteer Infantry, but after the battle of Stone’s River, Tennessee, he was transferred to Wilder’s Brigade of Mounted Infantry and was made captain of his company. He participated in many important campaigns and hard-fought battles, proving, according to his comrades, to be a faithful and fearless soldier. He was severely wounded at the great battle of Chickamauga, by a piece of shell. He was also wounded in the engagement at Farmington, Tennessee. For a period of six months and during Wilson’s raid he acted as major, and at the close of the war was made a provost marshal of Macon, Georgia, his division capturing the Confederate President, Jefferson Davis. He recalls many interesting reminiscences of his military career. Thus after an enviable record as a soldier in defense of the stars and stripes he was honorably discharged in 1865. Mr. Herron is a member of McPherson Post, No. 7, Grand Army of the Republic, and a Past Senior Vice Commander of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion, Department of Indiana. His rough life had undermined his health, and for a period of three years thereafter he resided in the northwest, which at that time was very little developed, and there he recuperated his energy.


Home of William Herron at 406 W. Wabash Ave., Crawfordsville. The home is now owned and occupied by Wabash College.

Returning to Crawfordsville in 1870 he engaged as a bookkeeper for a period of three years. In 1873 he was elected treasurer of Montgomery county, serving with satisfaction to the people until 1875, when he launched out into a business career, becoming president of the local gas company. His success as a business man has been continuous from that time until the present, and he has become one of the financially strong men in this section of the state and is widely known as a progressive and alert, broad-minded man of affairs. He is at this time president of the First National Bank of Crawfordsville, and president and treasurer of the Wire Nail Company. In these great industries he has been the principal motive force, his able management and wise counsel insuring success, and a large and rapidly growing business is carried on in each. He is, at the present time, secretary of the Board of Trustees of the State School for the Deaf, and a member of the Military Park Commission. Having been known as a man of exemplary habits from his youth he has ever enjoyed the confidence and good will of all who have come into contact with him and is universally respected as a business man and citizen. Captain Herron was married on January 20, 1875, to Ada Patton, a lady of culture and the representative of an excellent family of Lafayette, Indiana, of which she was a native and where she grew to womanhood and received a good education. This union has been blessed by the birth of six children, namely: Charles, who is a captain in the Twenty-third United States Infantry, now stationed at Fort Benjamin Harrison; Jessie is the wife of J. B. Stutzman, of Washington, D. C.; William P., Florence, Fred I. and Austin H. The Captain is a man of pleasing personal address, unassuming, charitable and obliging in his impulses, and is uniformly courteous.


Grave of Capt. Herron, Oak Hill Cemetery, Crawfordsville, Indiana

James Cameron Fullenwider, 33rd Indiana Infantry

Posted in 33rd Indiana Infantry, Montgomery Regiments & Companies, Soldiers with tags , , , , , on June 9, 2015 by 40thindiana


James C. Fullenwider was born on the family farm in Brown Township, between the towns of Waveland and Browns Valley, 1838. His parents, Eleazer and Lavinia Allen  Fullenwider  had migrated to Montgomery County from Kentucky. James was the 9th child of eleven. When war swept over the country, the Fullenwider sons answered the call. James would have two brothers in the 40th Indiana Infantry, two brothers in the 55th Indiana Infantry, and one brother in the 78th Indiana Infantry.

On September 19, 1861, James enlisted in Company E, 33rd Indiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment. His company was primarily made up of men from Parke County, Indiana. The 33rd Indiana saw early action at Camp Wildcat, Ky., and later helped to  occupy Cumberland Gap. By early 1863 James and the 33rd were near Franklin, Tennessee, members of Col. John Colburn’s Brigade (Colburn was a Wabash College grad). This was during a period after the battle of Stones River, Confederate cavalrymen under Earl Van Dorn were very active in the Columbia  and Franklin Tennessee area.

On the morning of March 24, 1863, Coburn’s Brigade was sent out of Franklin, south on the Columbia Turnpike to probe Confederate cavalry forces actively engaged in interrupting Union supply lines. Coburn started out with his brigade, some cavalry and a small wagon train. Gen. Van Dorn, watching the Union column,  decided to try and draw Coburn away from reinforcements in Franklin and isolate it. Van Dorn would send small squads out to temporarily engage the Union brigade, then retreat, and engage once more. Basically a hit and run tactic. The hope was that Colburn would pursue the small Confederate force with his larger brigade. The trap was laid and Colburn took the bate. It came to a climax four miles outside of Franklin, in a small valley near Thompson’s Station. The enemy cavalry now started applying more pressure on the Union brigade., As Colburn started to fan out his brigades battle lines, the Confederates began to apply more pressure against him. Colburn pushed ahead to a small hilltop, knowing that high ground was a better position to be in and also hoping the trees would help protect his brigade flanks. At one point he 33rd and 85th Indiana tried to advance, but had to turn back. Now the Confederates started applying their numbers. A Confederate cavalry brigade under William Hicks “Red” Jackson was dismounted; making  bold frontal assaults. Another force under Nathan Bedford Forrest, started chipping away at Colburn by attacking the flank and rear of his Union brigade.  James and the 33rd, as well as the 85th Indiana were fighting for dear life on the right side of the Columbia Turnpike. The Confederates were pushing in and closing the distance to the Colburn’s battle line. Eventually the pressure and numbers became to much, Colburn’s lines started to waver and collapse. Colburn was eventually left with no other choice, but to surrender his command. 33rdin

The 33rd Indiana Infantry in the field near Franklin., 1863. This image was taken before the battle of Thompson’s Station.

James Fullenwider and the 33rd Indiana fought well that day, but their commander had been drawn in to a trap. It became apparent to the men that they were outnumbered and outmaneuvered. Sometime during this action, James C. Fullenwider was killed in this action. The grave of James cannot be located in any of the National Cemetery’s databases, It is not really known what happened to his remains. There is a tombstone that contains his name and death date at the Waveland Presbyterian Cemetery, Waveland, Ind.  Robert “Bob” Fullenwider stated that “the remains of James are not there, his name was placed on the family stone in memory of him. ” This is the sad and terrible price of war, and it was to be repeated many times across Montgomery County.

Ambrose Remley, 72nd Indiana Infantry (Wilder’s Brigade)

Posted in 72nd Indiana Infantry, Books with tags , , , , , on June 8, 2015 by 40thindiana


Image of Ambrose Remley. He kept a detailed wartime diary that was printed into a book several years the ‘Montgomery County Historical Society Inc.’

Ambrose Remley, farmer, Crawfordsville, was born September 25, 1836, in Union township, Montgomery County. The biography of his father will be found in the biographical portion of Union township. Mr. Remley spent his boyhood on the farm and in a tan-yard, and had a good common-school education. He enlisted in Co. E, 72d Ind. Vols., August 4, 1862. He fought in all the battles of the Atlanta campaign under Sherman, where for 100 days they were in almost continual fighting. He was at Hoover’s Gap, Chickamauga, Farmington, Still’s Tan-yard, Selma (Alabama), Kennesaw Mountain, Platt Shoals, Rome, and many skirmishes, being in all about fifty engagements. It is noble and patriotic to fight and face death on the battle-field for one’s country, especially when it is a free country. December 25, 1866, Mr. Remley received as a Christmas present Miss Minerva E. Shelly, She was born December 25, 1844. They have had four children: Isaac, F., born April 9, 1868, died August 31, 1869; Frederic S., born January 10, 1871; Harvey C., June 14, 1873; Sarah J., August 11, 1876. Mr. Remley has a good farm of 320 acres, upon which he has a nice two-story house, with other improvements good. He votes as he shot, with the republican party. He and his wife are both members of the Center Presbyterian Church of Crawfordsville. Mr. Remley is an intelligent, enterprising, and well-respected citizen.

72nd Indiana Infantry (Wilder’s Brigade) Compamy E

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Lemuel B. McClemrock. Company E, 72md Indiana

Lemuel B. McClemrock. Company E, 72md Indiana

72nd Indiana Regiment Company E Wilder’s Lightning Brigade

Capt. Harvey B. Wilson Resigned December 14, 1862

1st Lt. Lawson S. Kilborne Promoted Captain

2nd Lt. John N. Insley Promoted 1st Lieutenant  

2nd Lt. Lewis C. Priest Promoted 2nd Lieutenant, Died June 24, 1864

Sgt. Elijah Park Linden Deserted 11/21/62

Sgt. William Ashby Ladoga Died Gallatin, TN. 12/26/62

Sgt. James W. Medcaris Waynetown

Sgt. John W. Plunkett Waynetown Promoted 2nd Lieutenant

Cpl. Edward H. Cooningham Ladoga

Cpl. Simpson Montgomery Linden

Cpl. Lewis E. Wilhite Independence Mustered out as Sergeant

Cpl. Samuel C. Maxwell Ladoga

Cpl. David Shelby Lafayette

Cpl. William H. Mahan Thorntown Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant

Cpl. James Harris Crawfordsville

Musician Johann Greenburg Linden

Musician John Webster Ladoga Died at New Albany, no date

Wagoner Alfred P. Ellis Whitesville  


Avery, Whiting A. Ladoga

Albertson, Silas W. Linden

Barton, Madison Linden Discharged 9/30/63

Bible, John C. Sugar Grove

Campbell, John F. Ladoga Discharged 3/8/63

Chambers, Andrew J. Crawfordsville

Cobb, Uriah Lafayette

Coombes, John N. Linden Discharged 11/28/63

Coombes, Denman J. Pleasant Hill

Connell, Theodore B. Lafayette

Curnutt, Henry Linden Discharged 1863; disability

Doyle, Harrison Parkersburg

Doyle, Allen Parkersburg

Dungan, John W. Linden Discharged 1863; disability

Deans, George Linden

Edwards, John W. Ladoga Discharged 2/24/63

Edwards, Michael H. Whitesville

Fletcher, Jonathan Ladoga Discharged 11/11/62

Gannon, George W. Linden Died Murfreesboro, TN 4/18/63

Gill, Jonathan Ladoga

Hamilton, Nathaniel Pleasant Hill

Harney, Richard H. Lebanon

Haines, Charles G. Blue Grass IL.

Haywood, Thomas Sugar Grove

Hobbs, Horatio Linden Died New Albany, IN. 12/7/63

Insley, William A. Sugar Grove

Insley, David W. Linden Died Murfreesboro, TN. 4/27/63

Jones, John E.B. Ladoga

Johnson, Presley J. Ladoga

Keeny, James Linden

Keys, William G. Linden Died Andersonville Prison; 7/26/64

Kirkpatrick, Milton Sugar Grove

Kendall, James K. Suger Grove

Kesterson, George S. Linden Discharged 9/8/63

Leffland, Alfred Romney

Miller, Henry New Richmond

Montgomery, Geo. W. Linden

McClenrock, L.B. Crawfordsville

Mason, Omar W. Crawfordsville

Mason, Francis M. Linden

Menugh, Robert J. Sugar Grove

Meadows, William J. Sugar Grove

Nicholson, William W. Ladoga Discharged 2/2/63

Newkirk, Abner M. Linden

Neely, John A. Ladoga Died Murfreesboro, TN. 5/28/63

Nutt, James H. Ladoga

O’Nell, John Ladoga Discharged 2/24/63

Peters, Henry S. Ladoga Died New Albany, IN. 8/27/62

Piggott, Joseph Linden

Plunkitt, Abraham Vevay

Plunkitt, George W. Waynetown

Plunkitt, Levi H. Linden

Pointer, William Ladoga Discharged 1/17/63

Quick, Stebbins Linden Discharged 2/2/63

Quick, Harrison Linden Discharged 11/11/62

Randel, Abram B. Ladoga

Remley, Ambrose Crawfordsville

Reed, Henry Linden Discharged 11/5/62

Ross, James New Richmond

Roush, William Homer, IL.

Rice, Henry Sugar Grove

Savage, Patrick Urbana, IL.

Swindler, Calvin E. Crawfordsville

Shepherd, Israel H. Ladoga

Shepherd, John T. Sugar Grove

Strater, Daniel Attica

Stockton, Theodore Linden

Slavins, John W. Linden Died New Albany, IN. 11/20/62

Stewart, John J. Linden Died Louisville, KY. 7/21/63

Tennery, Tristom B. Linden Discharged 7/10/64; wounds

Thorpe, George B. Linden Died Gallatin, TN. 1/11/63

Totten, Jasper Linden

Walton, James W. Linden Discharged 2/17/63

Warbritten, Andy Ladoga Discharged 3/23/63

Winter, Daniel W. Ladoga

Wright, James W. Ladoga Died Murfreesboro, TN. 6/5/63

Wood, John C. Linden Killed Chickamauga, GA. 9/19/63

Wise, John P. Lewisville Promoted 1st Lieutenant

Williams, James H. Sugar Grove

Zoller, George F. Sugar Grove 


No place of residence was given on the roster

Allen, James

Adwell, James H.

Andrews, Horace

Burnett, Flavius J.

Bacheldon, Ira D.

Berry, James M.

Bell, Ransom H.

Clark, Jackson

Carter, William H.

Cavanaugh, John

Fry, Samuel

Hamilton, Andrew

Haywood, Curtis B.

Haynes, George U.

Hickon, Israel

Kesterson, William H.

Kesterson, George S.

Kinsell, William B.

Kiger, M.M.

Liberger, Isaac

Lyon, William

Miller, James L.

Parker, Henry A.

Rifer, Thomas

Shaw, William L.

Self, Hiram

Tiffeny, William W.

Thayer, Caleb

Westfall, John W.

Other Montgomery Men in the 72nd Indiana Regiment

Bernard M. Thompson, Corporal, Co. D, Ladoga, Mustered out as Sergeant

Major Simon B. Hawkins, Pvt., Co. D, Linden, mustered out 1865