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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

Montgomery County at Missionary Ridge

Posted in 10th Indiana Infantry, 15th Indiana Infantry, 38th Indiana Infantry, 40th Indiana Infantry, 86th Indiana Infantry with tags , , , , on June 8, 2015 by 40thindiana


Our Darkest Day; the Battle of Missionary Ridge

Montgomery County is very rich in the annuals of the Civil War. We can boast of five general officers and well over 2000 men that enlisted to fight during four years of Civil War. Many men from MontgomeryCounty fought valiantly in every theatre of the war. Articles could be written for weeks about the battles and hardships endured by MontgomeryCounty men. The purpose of this article is to focus on the actions of Montgomery County solders at the battle of Missionary Ridge. The often overlooked battle took place 150 years ago, on a lofty steep ridge overlooking Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The battle of Missionary Ridge was fought on November 25, 1863.  It was the end result of a long 1863 summer/fall campaign through Middle and East Tennessee. The fight for Chattanooga took place a month after the battle of Chickamauga, Georgia. MontgomeryCounty men that fought and died on Missionary Ridge were proud members of Gen. George H. Thomas’ Army of the Cumberland. The Army of the Cumberland had been soundly defeated at Chickamauga on September 20th and had retreated to the City of Chattanooga. The Confederate Army followed and laid siege to the city.   Grant and Sherman arrived from Mississippi with the Army of Tennessee and broke through the Confederate siege lines bringing aid to Thomas’ army. Members of the Army of the Tennessee, including many of their commanders quietly considered Thomas’ men inferior to their army. After all, the Army of the Tennessee had just arrived in Chattanooga after their great victory at Vicksburg. Tensions would remain high between the two Union armies sitting in Chattanooga.

As overall commander of both armies in Chattanooga, General Ulysses S. Grant was making his battle plans to drive the rebel army off of their strong position on Missionary Ridge. His plan was for Gen. Sherman to assault the Confederate right flank on the northern end of Missionary Ridge and drive the rebels off of the heights. The Army of the Cumberland was to play a secondary role in the action. It was to advance forward, take the Confederate rifle-pits at the bottom of Missionary Ridge and then stop. They were to be a diversion; it was thought they had no fighting spirit after the Chickamauga loss. But, the main attack on the northern end of the ridge didn’t go according to plan. Meeting a strong Confederate resistance, Sherman’s attack stalled. As the Army of the Cumberland stepped off toward the Confederate rifle-pits, the rank and file soldiers felt that they had something to prove. They were going to show Gen. Grant that they had plenty of fight left in them.

Major Henry Leaming, of the 40th Indiana Inf. stated that the Army of the Cumberland would cover “more than a mile, without cover of any sort, over dead level, commanded at all points by the enemy’s batteries, and the last quarter mile under fire of the infantry.” Montgomery County had men present in the following regiments on Missionary Ridge. The 10th, 15th, 38th, 40th, 79th & 86th Indiana Infantry. At 2:00 o’clock the men stepped off to take the rebel rifle-pits, there were no orders to scale the heights. Once the Confederate rifle-pits had been taken, an order was received to advance the quarter-mile to the ridge.  In after-action reports from Gen. George Wagner’s Brigade, which contained the 15th & 40th Indiana Regiments, commanders state that they were taking heavy rifle fire but were making forward progress. The brigade had reached a spot at the bottom of the ridge where they were somewhat shielded from the bullets of the enemy.

Lt. Col Elias Neff, of the 40th Indiana Infantry sums up what happened next. “Scarcely had this movement upon the ridge commenced when the order to fall back to the rifle-pits was received from General Wagner, through an aide, and given to the men. It was with the greatest reluctance, almost amounting to a refusal at first, that this order was obeyed, but the sense of duty prevailed, and they fell back, suffering very severely in the movement; but the shelter thus obtained was not long made use of. Again, under the proper order, the line advanced to its former position, again loosing heavily in the movement. Now commenced the struggle; man by man, as each would gather breath, firing as they went, the brave fellows rushed up, always onward, never backward for one moment. The fire here, on the part of the enemy, rapid and well sustained, both by the infantry and the batteries upon the ridge, which at this time poured a constant shower of grape down the slope; but the advance was not even checked………”

The 15th Indiana Infantry were members of Gen. George Wagner’s Brigade. On November 25 Wagner’s Brigade was one of the hardest hit brigades in the Army of the Cumberland. Company E of the 15th was composed of men from Montgomery County. The ranks of the 15th had been thinned during a bayonet charge performed by the regiment at the battle of Stones River on Dec. 31, 1862. Six men from company E had been killed; numerous others had been wounded and disabled. The company reported 28 men present for duty at Chattanooga. Captain Benjamin Hegler, commanding the 15th Indiana explains the regiment’s assault on Missionary Ridge. “…. The ascent was very steep and our progress so obstinately contested that it was necessarily slow, but in forty-five minutes after leaving the base of the ridge our colors were planted by 2nd Lt. Thomas Graham and the enemy fleeing in disorder.”  Officers and men fought and clawed their way up the slope, paying a price in blood for every step taken. Several color-bearers from the 15th were shot down during the assault, but the men kept pushing. Color-bearer George Banks, who was wounded twice, said the ridge “was a perfect hail of bullets.” The 15thIndiana had the honor of being the first regiment to plant a flag on the heights of Missionary Ridge. On December 10, 1863 a list of causalities from company E appeared in the “Crawfordsville Daily Journal.” The article reported that company E “went into the fight with only 28 men, rank and file; and came out with a loss of just one half – 5 killed and 9 wounded. These numbers would change as several men succumbed to their wounds.  Causalities for the regiment as a whole were 202 men killed and wounded – 60 percent of the regiment.

Also in Wagner’s Brigade was the 40th Indiana Infantry. Companies C, G, &H, contained men from Montgomery County. Every step the regiment took was heavily contested by the Confederate defenders.  Major Henry Leaming of the 40th described his view of the attack; “ I could see our brave boys dropping all around me as we moved forward, some killed, others desperately wounded, but the advance was not even checked. It moved as if each man felt himself invulnerable.” As the regiment neared the ridge top, regimental flags became targets for the Confederate defenders. At one point, 2nd Lt. James Hanna of Waveland was carrying one of the regiment’s flags; he was severely shot in the hip by a musket-ball. Close by James was his brother, Corp. Robert Hanna. Seeing his brother go down, he grabbed the flag from his brother’s grasp and started for the top. 20 year old Robert had only taken a few steps when he was killed, “pierced through the head by a musket-ball.” At another point, James H. Seaman of Brown Township, picked up a flag and advanced with it. Seaman also went down; a musket wound to one of his legs. After the war Lt. Col. Neff cited Seaman for “gallant and distinguished conduct as color bearer of the 40th Indiana Regiment at Missionary Ridge.” Brown Twp. resident, Hezekiah Harrell, was able to grab the regimental colors after it had “fallen five times.” Harrell made it to the summit and planted his flag. The commander of the 40th; Lt. Col. Elias Neff,  picked up the national flag after it had fallen numerous times. Once at the top, Neff planted the flag right in front of Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg’s headquarters. Major Leaming reported; “ The Fortieth took two hundred prisoners, and eight pieces of artillery.” Losses in the 40thIndiana were 158 killed and wounded – 45 percent of the regiment.

To the left of Wagner’s Brigade was the 79th and 86th Indiana Regiments in Gen Samuel Beatty’s Brigade. Company K of the 86th had been raised in Montgomery County. Reverend Henry Newton Ornbaun of Crawfordsville had left his ministry and was serving as a sergeant in company K, 79th Indiana Infantry. The 86th and 79th regiments had been consolidated at Chattanooga because of losses sustained in each regiment at Chickamauga. Beatty’s Brigade experienced a rough time climbing the ridge, especially from Confederate artillery fire. W. H. Laymon of the 86th Indiana sent a letter that appeared in the December 10, 1863 addition of the “Crawfordsville Daily Journal.” Laymon’s description of the assault; “ ….we advanced in fine order, on the double-quick, charged and took that line of the enemy’s defenses, and still charged on and on until the foot of Missionary Ridge was gained, and on up the ridge still we charged against eight pieces of heavy artillery directly in our front, thirty more pieces of artillery constantly  pouring their fire upon us both from the right and the left and Gen. Hardee’s Corps of three entire Divisions in our front, right and left, from behind breast-works pouring their galling fire into us. On up the mountain still charged the noble 86th and 79th.”

Lymon also mentions MontgomeryCounty’s company K of the 86thIndiana. “Capt. Southard was shot in the breast and instantly expired, at the head of his men, when about half way up the mountain. His conduct is well spoken of by all who witnessed him on the battlefield, and his death is severely felt, not only by his own command, but by all the officers and men of the regiment. Poor Billy! His is another good life given for our country.” The other causalities sustained by his company are Serg’t B.F. Snyder, severely wounded in the left hip; Corp. Tillman A. Howard, slightly wounded in the left breast; privates Morris Welch, severely through the right arm; James Harrington, slightly in the left side; Wm. Saunders, slightly in the left knee; Jas. Williams, slightly on left elbow. Lieutenant John Yount was pretty severely bruised by a fall, but it did not prevent him from bravely leading on the noble boys of company K. ”Long may he wave, and enjoy the honors so nobly won.”

Sergeant Henry N. Ornbaun, of Crawfordsville is also mentioned in the Laymon letter. “Serg’t Newton Ornbaun of the 79th, I saw fall, severely wounded in the thigh, whilst bravely charging the rebel breastworks. I hope he may soon be able for duty again, for he is one of the bravest and best soldiers.” Ornbaun’s return was not to be, he would die from his wounds on December 1, 1863. Ornbaun’s body was returned to Crawfordsville, where he was interred in the Crawfordsville Masonic Cemetery on Grant Ave. The following article appeared in the “Crawfordsville Daily Journal,” on Thursday, January 21, 1864.

Funeral of Serg’t Ornbaun

“The remains of Serg’t H.N. Ornbaun, of Company K,79th Indiana Regiment, who fell mortally wounded at the battle of Missionary Ridge, on the 25th of November last, and who died on the 1st day of December, arrived at home on Saturday morning last for interment. On Tuesday of this week, under military escort, the remains were conveyed from the family residence to the Methodist E. Church;(where appropriate funeral exercises were had);and thence to the town Cemetery, where they were consigned to the tomb-the final resting place of all that is mortal of man.”

Once the summit had been gained, the fighting continued down the reverse slope of Missionary Ridge. The Confederates were in a mad retreat, muskets, cannon and wagons were left behind. The Army of the Cumberland was in pursuit, and gathering many prisoners along the way. They had proven that they could still fight and felt as if their honor had been restored. By the morning of November 26, 1863 the great railroad hub of Chattanooga lay in union hands. The Confederate army had been beaten and was in full retreat. The little remembered battles for Chattanooga had opened the door for Union forces to take Atlanta in 1864 and ultimately it helped win the war. MontgomeryCounty had played a significant part in the battle; “our boys” would continue fighting on many other fields of battle. But, never again would we pay such a high price in a single day of battle. Eighteen county men had been lost during the assault and capture of Missionary Ridge. Other local men would be lost in the war, but never on the same scale as November 25, 1863. It was MontgomeryCounty’s darkest day of the Civil War.

As in the case of Sergeant H.N. Ornbaun, several other causalities of the battle rest in MontgomeryCounty. John C. Monfort of the 40th Indiana is also buried in the Crawfordsville Masonic Cemetery. Four members of the 40th Indiana are interred in  Freedom Cemetery, Brown Township.  They were friends and neighbors in life and comrades in company C. They are Sergeant William B. Gayley, Lt James Hanna, Corp. Robert Hanna and James Elrod. They are all in the same general area of the cemetery. A visit to this spot brings the thought of the devastation this battle produced to families in a tight knit community. The valor and deeds of all Montgomery County soldiers that fought on Missionary Ridge should be remembered on this 150th anniversary of the battle.

Our Heroes lost on Missionary Ridge

Sgt. Robert B. Gilbert – 15thInd.

Sgt. Frederick Waltz – 15thInd.

Sgt. Solomon Bowers – 15thInd.

Pvt. William R. Emmerson – 15thInd.

Pvt. Silas Cooley – 15thInd.

Pvt. John C. Tyson – 15thInd.

Pvt. William R. Creek – 15thInd.

Sgt. Alvin Egnew – 40thInd.

Lt. James M. Hanna – 40thInd.

Cpl. Robert C.H. Hanna – 40thInd.

Sgt. Wm. B. Galey – 40thInd.

Pvt. James Elrod – 40thInd.

Pvt. John C. Monfort – 40thInd.

Pvt. James R. Shelton – 40thInd.

Pvt. George Krauss – 40thInd.

Pvt. Taylor McIntosh – 40thInd.

Sgt. William Newton Ornbaun – 79thInd.

Capt. William M. Southard – 86thInd.

15th Indiana Infantry, Company E

Posted in 15th Indiana Infantry, Montgomery Regiments & Companies with tags , , on January 27, 2010 by 40thindiana





George W. Lamb             Crawfordsville

William Marks               Crawfordsville


George W. Riley      –      Crawfordsville     – Dishonorably discharged 1/25/63  –  * THIS IS UNTRUE, Lt. RILEY RESIGNED AND WAS DISCHARGED FOR HEALTH REASONS *

William M. Graham       Crawfordsville


William B. Kennedy       Crawfordsville

William Marks                Crawfordsville

John T. Harvey               Crawfordsville

NOTE: All enlisted men in Company E are listed as being from Montgomery County, no towns were given on roster.


Marks, William


Graham, William M.

McConnel, Joseph W.

Moliere, Thomas                      Deserted at Murfreesboro 1/15/63

Harvey. John T.


Ollman, James H.N. 

Burcham, Harrison D.            Deserted at Chattanooga 4/30/64

Greay, William F.

Nelson, William

Walker, Fredrick                     Transferred to Non-Commissioned Staff

Dent, Samuel F.

Gilbert, Robert B.                    Killed Missionary Ridge 11/25/63

Cowan, William                      Deserted 8/18/62


Gibe, John J.                           Veteran; Transferred to 17th Regiment 5/30/64

Kennedy, Joseph W.


Everson, Jacob


Ammerman, George                 Died 10/17/61

Anderson, Richard H.             Deserted  at Louisville 10/2/62

Barrett, James H.

Beal, Henry                                Wounded at Stones River

Bennet, Thomas J.

Belto, Joseph F.                        Wounded at Stones River

Bolles, James

Boewrs, Solomon                    Died wounds received at Missionary Ridge 11/26/63

Bolser, George W.                   Deserted at Louisville 10/2/62

Brady, Thomas

Burnett, Abraham                  Died 12/17/61

Burrows, James                      Veteran; Transferred to 17th Regiment 5/30/64

Burrows, Hugh

Campbell, William H.

Cassel, Jefferson

Charles, Marion                    Appointed Corporal

Cooley, Silas                           Died wounds received at Missionary Ridge 12/17/63

Crewce, Pleasant                  Transferred to 4th U.S. Cavalry 12/5/62

Creek, William B.                 Died wounds received at Missionary Ridge 11/26/63

Crew, Charles P.

Dryden, William H.              Appointed Sergeant

Ellis, Ashel B.                           Deserted at Chattanooga 4/30/64

Edwards, William                Veteran; Transferred to 17th Regiment 5/30/64

Emmerson, Reuben            Killed at Missionary Ridge 11/25/63

Evans, Thomas B.

Fliniaux, Alfred

Gardner, Daniel                    Deserted at Murfreesboro 1/13/63

Gundrum, Godfrey             Appointed Commissary Sergeant

Hamilton, Joseph A.

Hammer, Fred                        Appointed Corporal

Hartman, William              Veteran; Transferred to 17th Regiment 5/30/64

Hessler, Oliver

Hess, William L.                   Veteran; Transferred to 17th Regiment 5/30/64

Hill, James A.                        Died 1/17/62

Hill, Phillip                             Veteran; Transferred to 17th Regiment 5/30/64

Horton, Henry

Husband, Henry

Jackson, William

Lakin, John T.                        Appointed Corporal

Leech, Francis M.

Long, John                              Veteran; Transferred to 17th Regiment 5/30/64

Linn, John W.

McCullough, William      Deserted at Louisville 10/2/62

McCoy, George W.             Deserted 8/18/62

McDonald, Thomas           Died 9/14/61

McDonough, Thomas

Mercer, Henry H.

Miller, Etto J.

Mowery, Christian B.

Moore, William F.              Died; Wounds received at Stones River

Nettleton, Daniel W.       Transferred to Company C; Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant

O’Daniel, George W.         Died 12/8/62

Oliver, Joseph E.

Osborne, Commodore F.     Deserted 7/1/62

Perry, Albert                          Deserted at Nashville 3/16/62

Phillips, Sidney                    Deserted 10/19/62

Pruett, Merrill

Rippeto, Merida

Roberts, George W.

Sailors, Robert F.               Died; Wounds received at Missionary Ridge 2/18/64

Schmall, John A.               Killed at Stones River 12/31/62

Smith, Oliver P.

Smith, William B.              Discharged; Wounds received at Stones River 4/18/63

Stockton, John D.              Wounded at Stones River, Died at Libby Prison

Stephens, Edward P.

Sittinger, Adam                 Killed at Stones River 12/31/62

Stout, David                          Died 2/25/62

Staffen, Henry                    Killed at Stones River 12/31/62

Summers, Nathan          Deserted at Nashville 3/16/62

Sweem, Tilghman A.H.     Died 3/8/63

Tyson, John C.                   Died; Wounds received at Missionary Ridge 12/10/63

Upshaw, James                 Appointed Wagoner

Vancleve, William M.

Wall, Charles B.                Deserted 11/7/62

Waltz, Fredrick                 Killed at Missionary Ridge 11/25/63

White, Albert M.

White, Andrew J.             Veteran; Transferred to 17th Regiment 5/30/64

Wilson, Lorenzo               Deserted at Louisville 12/9/61

Wilsey, George W.          Appointed Sergeant

Winings, Benjamin L.

Williams, Emery             Killed at Stones River 12/31/62

Woodbridge, Thos.        Transferred to Company F 6/25/61


Gappin, Samuel               Muster 12/20/63

McGrew, Milton               Muster 3/14/62, Transferred to 17th Regiment 5/30/64

Robinson, Albert M.     Muster 1/1/62           “                  “                      “

Showen, Daniel P.         Muster 2/29/64         “                  “                     ”

Siebring, Jesse               Muster 6/14/61, Deserted at Greensburg, Ind., 7/1/61


This regiment was organized at Lafayette in May 1861, for
state service and was reorganized for U. S. service in June,
for three years. It was mustered in June 14, left the state
July 1, for Clarksburg, W. Va., then marched to Rich Mountain,
which was reached during the progress of the battle on the
11th, and joined in the pursuit of the enemy, capturing many

It was stationed in Elk Water valley until Nov. 19, being
engaged in the repulse of Lee’s forces and at the battle of
Green Brier River. It joined Buell’s forces at Louisville,
participated at Shiloh, the siege of Corinth, took part in the
battle of Perryville, where Col. Wagner commanded the brigade,
and moved for Nashville in November. Col. Wagner was
appointed brigadier-general on Nov. 29, Lieut.-Col. Wood being
promoted colonel.

The regiment was in the battle of Stone’s River, losing 197,
killed and wounded. It remained at Murfreesboro until June
24, engaged in numerous expeditions, and at Tullahoma it aided
in turning the enemy’s left, compelling the evacuation of the
place. It was in camp at Pelham until Aug. 17, and then began
the advance on Chattanooga, its brigade being the first to
enter the place.

It participated in the Battle of Missionary Ridge, losing 202
in killed and wounded — over 60 per cent of those engaged.
It marched to the relief of Burnside at Knoxville and remained
there on severe duty until Feb. 1864, without baggage or
tents, poorly clad and half fed. Then it was on garrison duty
at Chattanooga until June 14.

Part of the regiment reenlisted in February, and the regiment
was mustered out at Indianapolis, June 16, the veterans and
recruits being transferred to the 17th. The original strength
of the 15th was 1,056. Gain by recruits, 89; reenlistments,
75; total, 1,220. Loss by death, 171, desertion, 115;
unaccounted for, 17.

Source: The Union Army, vol. 3

Thomas Moody’s Letter Home

Posted in 40th Indiana Infantry, First Hand Letters & Accounts with tags , , , , on January 22, 2010 by 40thindiana

(Above) Thomas “Poney” Moody with his cane

A Letter fromPoneyMoody

Waveland Independent, May 31, 1929

“In reading the following letter wtitten by the late T.N.  Moody, you should remember that he had little, if any schooling, and learned to write after he went into the army. In those days even educated people were rather vague in their ideas about punctuation and capital letters.” (W.I.)

Nashville, Tenn.

July the 27, 1864

“Dear Mother it is with mutch pleasure that I seat my self to pen you A few lines to let you know that I am well and hope that when these few lines come to hand They ma find you well and doing well Mother mi wound is getting A long fine it dont pain me anymore worth A cent James E. Sennett he has his ferlow started up good but dont I wish I was A going to get to come home I have a good doctor and he knows what is best for me I will have to as he said let it bea good or bad bad or good but I hope it will bea for the good but I think there will be A chance Starch up mi fine shert hav one or 2 ready for me to ware to the fair if I have good luck I ma be their we dont know what may hapen yet but dont forget to write I like to hear from home while I am hear let it be long or short I just wrote to you on the 12 and Kate Sympson on the 13 I have got the answer to hers and answered it Agane and yet no letter from home but I hope it will bea good for one this evening I dont know how that is but I think it is due time well I have to bea gin to close for this time So no more but remain.

As ever your son un till death

Thomas Moody TO A M Moody Goodbye”

(W.I.) ” Don’t that just sound like “Poney”? In a strange city, wounded, no older that his grandson, Heck Gilliand and yet cheerful and looking forward to a good time at the fair. The wound troubled him all his life and contributed to his death, but he never complained and always had a cherry word.”


Thomas N. Moody enlisted in the 40th Indiana Infantry, Company C, On September 13, 1862, and mustered out on June 14, 1865. At the time of the above letter, Thomas was still recovering from his hip wound he recieved on Missionary Ridge. His grave is located at Maple Ridge Cemetery, Waveland, Indiana.

Company K, Eighty-Sixth Indiana Infantry

Posted in 86th Indiana Infantry, Montgomery Regiments & Companies with tags , , on January 21, 2010 by 40thindiana



William M. Southard  – Crawfordsville, Killed Missionary Ridge 11/25/63

Robert B. Spilman  – Crawfordsville

Lieutenants William H. Lynn  – Crawfordsville

John M. Yount  – Crawfordsville

2nd Lieutenants John M. Yount  – Crawfordsville, Promoted 1st Lieutenant

Tighlman A. Howard –  Crawfordsville, Mustered out as 1st Sergeant


Ristine, Harley G. –  Crawfordsville

Holloway, George W.  –  Crawfordsville  Deserted 11/20/62

Snyder, Benjamin F.  –  Crawfordsville


Blair, John W.; Jr.  – Crawfordsville

Spilman, Robert B.  – Crawfordsville

Barton, William  – Crawfordsville, Deserted 11/20/62

McClelland, Alfred J.  – Crawfordsville

Engle, John B.  – Crawfordsville


Naylor, Charles  – Crawfordsville, Died Bowling Green, KY. 11/1/62


Vanhook, Andrew J.  –  Crawfordsville, Transferred to V.R.C. 9/1/63


Allhands, George  – Crawfordsville

Baldwin, William J.  – Crawfordsville

Ball, Oliver  – Crawfordsville

Beard, Thomas J.  – Crawfordsville

Burk, George W.  – Crawfordsville

Carrill, Joseph S.  – Crawfordsville

Curtis, John  – Crawfordsville, Deserted from 51st Reg’t, returned

Dice, William A.  – Crawfordsville

Edwards, James G.  – Crawfordsville

Engle, Talton  – Crawfordsville

Fergerson, John  – Crawfordsville

Fergerson, Isaac W.  – Crawfordsville

Forbes, William J.  – Crawfordsville

Galey, William L.  – Crawfordsville

Galloway, George –  Crawfordsville, Died Indianapolis 9/5/62

Green, James  – Crawfordsville, Transferred to 19th U.S. Inf. 12/4/62

Green, Bartholomew  – Crawfordsville, Died; wounds from Stones River 1/9/63

Griffth, Thomas B.  – Crawfordsville

Gwinn, John W.  – Crawfordsville

Hall, Henry C.  – Crawfordsville

Harrington, James  – Crawfordsville

Harris, Alexander  – Crawfordsville

Harris, Peter  – Crawfordsville

Kelly, John (1st)  – Crawfordsville

Kelly, John (2nd)  – Crawfordsville Mustered out as Coropral

Larew, Garrett  – Crawfordsville, Transferred Engineer Corps 8/7/64

Lawson,Branson H.  – Crawfordsville

Linn, Joseph B.  – Crawfordsville

Long, Samuel K.  – Crawfordsville

Lynch, Patrick  – Crawfordsville, Transferred to 19th U.S. Inf. 12/4/62

Moore, John D.  – Crawfordsville, Transferred to V.R.C. 1/10/65

Moore, Harvey H.M.  – Crawfordsville, Mustered out as Corporal

Murry, Hiram M.  – Crawfordsville

Osborn, Warren  – Crawfordsville, Died Danville, KY. 12/25/62

Oxley, Joseph H.  – Crawfordsville, Discharged 3/7/63; wounds

Peed, Henry  – Crawfordsville

Peed, Oliver H.  – Crawfordsville

Pickerill, James L.  – Crawfordsville

Potts, Elisha –  Crawfordsville

Potts, James M.  – Crawfordsville

Prime, James M.  – Crawfordsville

Reilly, Hugh  – Crawfordsville – Promoted 1st Lieutenant

Sanders, William W.  – Crawfordsville, Killed; battle of Nashville, TN. 12/15/64

Slattery, John  – Crawfordsville

Smith, Charles  – Crawfordsville

Swank, Wilson  – Crawfordsville

Swank, James R.  – Crawfordsville

Swank, John  – Crawfordsville

Swindler, Henry H.  – Crawfordsville Transferred to V.R.C. 9/2/63

Thomas, James B.  – Crawfordsville

Thompson, John M.  – Crawfordsville

Urmston, Jonathan T.  – Crawfordsville, Died 10/21/63; wounds

Vanhorn, John S.  – Crawfordsville

Wainscott, Elias  – Crawfordsville

Wainscott, Francis M.  – Crawfordsville

Walker, Samuel M.  – Crawfordsville

Walker, Albert B.  – Crawfordsville

Walker, Adam H.  – Crawfordsville

Ward, Dennis  – Crawfordsville Transferred to V.R.C.

Ward, William  – Crawfordsville

Watson, James  – Crawfordsville

Witherald, Isaac B. –  Crawfordsville

Welch, Morris  – Crawfordsville Transferred to V.R.C.

Whited, William  – Crawfordsville

Wiley, Foster C.  – Crawfordsville, Died Nashville, TN., 1/29/63

Williams, James  – Crawfordsville

Williams, Martin L.  – Crawfordsville, Killed; Stones River, 12/31/62

Wisong, William M.  – Crawfordsville, Died Nashville, TN., 1/29/62

Wisong, Francis M.  – Crawfordsville

SERVICE of the 86th.–Pursuit of Bragg to Loudon, Ky., October 1-22, 1862. Battle of Perryville, Ky., October 8 (Reserve). March to Nashville, Tenn., October 22-November 7, and duty there until December 26. Advance on Murfreesboro December 26-30. Battle of Stone’s River December 30-31, 1862, and January 1-3, 1863. Duty at Murfreesboro until June. Middle Tennessee or Tullahoma Campaign June 23-July 7. Occupation of Middle Tennessee until August 16. Passage of the Cumberland Mountains and Tennessee River and Chickamauga (Ga.) Campaign August 16-September 22. Battle of Chickamauga September 19-20. Siege of Chattanooga September 24-November 23. Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign November 23-27. Orchard Knob November 23-24. Mission Ridge November 25. Pursuit to Graysville November 26-27. March to relief of Knoxville November 28-December 8. Operations in East Tennessee December, 1863, to April, 1864. Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign May 1 to September 8. Demonstrations on Rocky Faced Ridge and Dalton May 8-13. Battle of Resaca May 14-15. Adairsville May 17. Near Kingston May 18-19. Near Cassville May 19. Cassville May 24. Operations on line of Pumpkin Vine Creek and battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills May 25-June 5. Pickett’s Mills May 27. Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10-July 2. Pine Hill June 11-14. Lost Mountain June 15-17. Assault on Kenesaw June 27. Ruff’s or Neal Dow Station, Smyrna Camp Ground, July 4. Chattahoochie River July 5-17. Peach Tree Creek July 19-20. Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25. Flank movement on Jonesboro August 25-30. Battle of Jonesboro August 31-September 1. Lovejoy Station September 2-6. Operations against Hood in North Georgia and North Alabama September 29-November 3. Nashville Campaign November-December. Columbia, Duck River, November 24-27. Columbia Ford November 29. Battle of Franklin November 30. Battle of Nashville December 15-16. Pursuit of Hood to the Tennessee River December 17-28. Moved to Huntsville, Ala., and duty there until March, 1865. Expedition from Whitesburg February 17, 1865. Operations in East Tennessee March 15-April 22. At Nashville until June. Mustered out June 6, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 2 Officers and 70 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 176 Enlisted men by disease. Total 249.

Regimental History of the EightySixth Online