Articles Written in the PARKE COUNTY REPUBLICAN, Rockville, Indiana

 

 

Wed., September 22, 1862, p. 3

List of Killed and Wounded in the 14th Indiana

        Company C.– Corporal J.H. Crimm, arm; Corporal J.W. Alford, lungs; Corporal L. Reed, ankle; Serg’t Bryant, killed; Corporal McCord, killed; Willis Lemon, bowels; Charley C. Knight, leg; Jas McCoy, shoulder; A.R. Inman, thigh; Wm Harris, head, severely; Geo Boner, leg; A.J. Tate, back; Jas B Poyst, supposed killed; Chas Donelson, shoulder; Thos Berry, hip; Wm W Davis, shoulder; Arch Gilkeson, back; Isaac Hutton, both ankles.

        Co. A. – 1st Lieut. F.M. Kalley, ankle; 2d Lieut L.E. Bostwick, hip; Serg’t J.L. Hays, heart; Corp’l Thos Hudson, leg; Corp’l Hugh M Conley, chin; Corp’l Wm Moore, arm; Corp’l Frank Welsh; Geo Needy, side; Clay Eshom; Henry Schlotter, arm; James Jackman, thigh; Geo Pinney, arm; Jacob Nearon, killed; Corp’l Howard, mortally wounded; Reported only three left.

        Co. H. – 1st Lieut P B Lundy, killed; 1st Serg’t J.S. Harold, wounded four times, left arm, shoulder and right arm; 2d Serg’t Jos H Richardson, arm; Corp’l Spainhower, left shoulder; Corp’l Barnes, leg shot off; Corp’l Froth, head and left leg; Jos M Winans, right arm and left breast; Serg’t Woodsmill, twice in left leg; Chas Bonfanti, right knee; Wm W L Thompson, leg; Geo W Hall, side; W P Whitson, hip; B F Baker, thigh; F M Law, thigh; Pat Bryant, breast; Isaac Luse, hip; Lewis Houstin, arm; John Peters, thigh; Geo Richey, breast.  – Started in with thirty men.

        Co. D. – Serg’t Smith, finger and knee; Corp’l B W McClung, left arm; John R Allen, shoulder; Jasper Vancleave, left leg; Corp’l Letsinger, mortally; John McKinnon, foot; ____ Baker, reported killed; Jas M Beard, wounded; W Barnes, thigh; Henry Scott, killed.

        Co. H. – A Steele, side.

        Co. K. – 2d Lieut H H Bell, killed; L Vanderhoff, side; T J West, thigh; Serg’t Williams, leg; J E Collins, arm; R M J Monsel, thigh; Wm Zieler, leg; F Stone, shoulder.

        Co. G. – R Guffardy; J G W Cansteighter.

        Co. K. – P Winnegar, arm; E B F Randall, hip; W F Ford, leg; E Coy, shoulder; M Hanly, hip.  Loss in this regiment one hundred.

        Co. F. – Capt Brasher, body; Seg’t Shores, mortally; Corp’l Butler, right hand; do Alloway, left breast and finger; J C Warner, face; John Nagle; Wm H Sneideker, hip; Marcus Conover, slight; Wm Howe, thigh; Lew Kelly, leg and head; Austin Steele, Co H, lung and leg.

        Co. I. – Wm Tilotson, calf of leg; James A Grier, hip; Serg’t Thos Kidd, thigh; Francis Marion, head; Wm D Edwards, arm; Jos Royburn, killed; Jefferson Thomas, killed; Noah Zane, shoulder; Henry Hodges; Jos S Dowdell, head; Jerome D Dickens, killed; Henry S Brown, head; 1st Lieut Haskall, wounded; Wm Coxwrist; Henry Axton, finger; N Harmuk; Thos Wildermode.

        Co. E. – 1st Lt Ed Ballenger, breast; Ed Kennedy, killed; Geo Kunkle, do; Henry S Merfield, breast; Henry Harter, leg; Sef Finke, hip; Matt Klire, leg; John Richards, reported killed; Serg’t Horace Bradford, leg.

        Co. D. – Levi Chipman, mortal; Wm Morgan, left arm; J F Overman, Mortal; J Emery, mortal; E B Ganey, thigh and arm; J C Smith, head.

        Lieut Col. Coons, wounded; Major Cavens, wounded.

        Capt. Catterson, Co. A, flesh wound in hip.

        Capt Houghton, Co. G, wounded in arm.

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Wed., December 17, 1862, p. 2

        We are pained to learn that Captain F. M. Kally, of company A, 14th regiment, was killed at the battle of Fredericksburg on Saturday last.  Capt. Kally, it will be remembered, entered the company as a Corporal, and advanced to the Captaincy in the regular line of promotion, which position, as well as all others to which he was called, he filled with honor to himself and to the satisfaction of his comrades.

        Lieut. J. W. Baker is reported to have been severely wounded in the same engagement.

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Wed., January 21, 1863, p. 3

Our Boys of the Fourteenth.

        We saw on Monday last Dempsey Seybold, just returned from a trip to see the Parke county boys of the 14th regiment in hospital near Washington.  Lieut. J. W. Baker is in Lincoln hospital, one mile east of the Capitol, and John D. Strain is detailed to hospital duty, and is in charge of the 10th ward.  Lieut. Baker is doing well, and is able to walk on crutches.  In Emory hospital, one-half mile east of the former, are Isaac Kally, Daniel Duree and John Deigleman – all doing well, and will soon be well.  George Gwinn is in Trinity hospital, about 80 rods northwest of the Capitol.  He has been very low, but was gradually mending, and will probably recover.  Geo. K. Martin, Richard Harbison and Thos. Duyger are at the convalescent camp, opposite Washington, some four miles distant, and are all on the mend.  These are all of our boys Mr. Seyhold saw, and he is gratified to be able to say that all of them are well cared for, and are doing as well as they possibly could do if at home.  – Baker, Duree and Gwinn will be discharged and sent home in the course of a few weeks.

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Wed., March 4, 1863, p. 2

        Lieut. J. W. Baker, of company A, 14th Indiana Regiment, arrived at this place on Thursday evening last, apparently in the best of health and spirits, though he suffered the loss of a leg in the battle of Fredericksburg.  Though compelled to use crutches as a means of locomotion, they are a memento of true bravery, and will entitle him to the favor and respect of the truly loyal wherever his lot may be cast.

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Wed., May 6, 1863, p. 2

Company A, 14th Regiment.

        We learn from A. J. Stewart, of Company A, 14th Regiment, that the following are the casualties in that company, which has been in the service since the 23d of April, 1861;

        Sergt. J. Urner Price, killed at Greenbriar.

        Lieut. L. E. Bostwick, killed at Antietam, Sept. 17, 1862.

        Priv. A. S. Erwin, killed at Antietam, Sept. 17, 1862.

        Priv. Jacob Neron, killed at Antietam, Sept. 17, 1862.

        Priv. L. S. Kepner, killed at Antietam, Sept. 17, 1862.

        Capt. F. M. Kally, killed at Fredericksburg, Feb. 13, 1863. [sic, Dec. 13, 1862]

        Corp. Hugh M. Connelly, killed at Fredericksburg, Feb. 13, 1863. [sic, Dec. 13, 1862]

        Died of sickness, Joseph Craft, March 12, 1862.

        Drowned, James F. Childers, at Romney, Dec. 25, 1862.

                Total killed ………………... 7

                Deaths by sickness, &c …… 2

                Total Deaths ………………. 9

        There have been six desertions from the company: J. E. Wright, John Williams, William S. Cahill, Charles Plumb, Jacob H. Crooks, and Samuel L. Chambers.

        The company when mustered into service numbered one hundred and one men.  Of this number 37 names yet remain upon the rolls, which in connection with the killed, the deaths by sickness &c., and the number who have deserted, shows that 49 have been discharged from the company.

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Wed., May 20, 1863, p. 1

The 14th Regiment in the Late Battle.

Headquarters 14th Indiana Vols. In the field, May 5, 1863

        The following is sent as the official list of the killed, wounded and missing in the 14th Indiana regiment:

Company A.

        Wounded – Corporal E. D. Hamilton, slightly in elbow; C. C. Warner, right hand; Nathaniel Cole, leg.

Company B.

        Wounded – Captain Wm. Donaldson, neck, slightly; Sergeant C. F. Englemeir, severely in hand; Corp’l John A. Burdalow, severely in elbow; Nelson Dunham, severely in face.

Company C.

        Wounded – 2d Lieutenant Charles Gibson, since died; W. W. Davis, flesh wound in arm.

Company D.

        Wounded – Corporal [sic] P. E. Duzan, mortally in breast; John McGuire, severly in thigh; James Jerrel, severally in thigh; James B. Wakefield, severely in arm; Wm. B. Barker, severely in arm; George McBride, slightly in head.

Company E.

        Killed – Sergeant Jas. H. McMullen; John Stark.

        Wounded – Col.’s Sergeant Joseph N. Snyder, in right arm; George Hitch, in right arm; Casper Trout, severely in side.

Company F.

        Wounded – Captain G. B. Shellady, severely in hip; Sergeant Abner Prather, slightly in shoulder; John Salts, severely in hip; Jahile Fisk, severely in thigh; Henry Martin, severely in thigh; William D. Henderson, slightly in head.

Company G.

        Killed – Adam Shultz.

        Wounded – 2d Lieutenant Wm. D. F. Landon; Corporal Thomas Piety, bruise in side; Corporal Wm. Lynn, bruise in knee and breast; Michael Shank, severely in leg.

Company H.

        Killed – Chas. J. Knight.

        Wounded – Captain D. E. Beem, slightly in right elbow; 2d Lieutenant Jesse S. Harrold, seriously in abdomen; Corporal Charles Tignor, seriously in left hand; H. Anderson, seriously in shoulder; H. Y. Thomas, seriously in shoulder; T.H. Ludbury; slightly in shoulder; Leander Farleigh, slightly in shoulder.

Company I.

        Killed – Sergeant T. J. Kidd, and Wm. H. Hedges.

        Wounded – Sergeant Theo. Payne, slightly in breast; Corporal H. Y. Brown, slightly in thigh; M. McDonald, badly in leg; P. O. Langhorn, slightly in shoulder; Wm. Olmstead, severely in both legs.

        Missing – S. B. Samson, J. R. Whitehead and Joseph Rush.

Company K.

        Wounded – Captain G. B. Ward, badly in left knee; 2d Lieut. B. T. Smith, severely in side; Corporal L. G. Smith, severely in side; Allen Berry; W. H. S. Berry; Jefferson Deckard, seriously in left foot; Jas. C. Harbison, slightly in side.

        Killed …………………………….  6

        Wounded ……………………...… 49

        Missing ………………………......  3

        Total …………………………….. 58

                                Col. John Coons,

                                                Commanding.

        T. C. Bailey, Adj’t.

        The regiment went into battle on the 3d at 8 A.M., with two hundred and sixty enlisted men, and twenty-five officers, and was relieved at 11 A.M., having captured during that time eighty-five prisoners, a stand of colors, and two pieces of artillery, and, with the 4th Ohio, succeeded in retaking from the enemy parts of two regiments of our forces, and capturing a Brigadier General.

        The men acted nobly, as they always do, driving the enemy through a dense woods and re-occupying the ground lost by the 11th corps.  Being unsupported either in the rear or on the right, and the enemy coming down upon our flank, Col. Coons saw that the safety of the regiment demanded that he should withdraw it.  The men were falling thick and fast; the shot and shell were raining like hail; the enemy were hard upon our right flank, and, had we remained a moment longer, every one of us would have been taken prisoners.  Had the brigade on our right pushed forward with our line, and we [had] been properly supported, the enemy would have been unable to check our advance.

        Colonel S. S. Carrol commanded the brigade, and we went into the battle in a manner that was truly splendid, and finally, when we were relieved and ordered to withdraw, did so in good order.

        Colonel Carrol is a brave and galiant officer, and he handled the Gibraltar brigade in a very able manner, and was complimented for the gallantry of his brigade by his commanding Generals.

        Colonel Coons, commanding the “old 14th,” acted his part admirably, and deserves much credit for his gallantry.

        Lieutenant Colonel Cavins and Major Houghton were every where their presence was most needed, urging, encouraging and leading the men forward in the very thickest of the battle.  The three above named officers are an honor to their regiment, to their State, and to their country.

        Captains Hayes, Donaldson, Tremelin, Shelladay, Patterson, Beem, and Ward, and First Lieutenants Cook, Nichols, Rotramel, and Douglas, and all other officers, did their duty generally in a very gallant and determined manner.

        Second Lieutenant Jesse S. Harold was shot all over at Antietam, and here again he was severly wounded.  Captains Ward and Shellady have been, also; badly wounded before.  Sergeant Major Adolf Meyer was as brave as any.  Sergeant Amos Edmonson grasped the colors, after Sergeant Joseph N. Snyder was wounded, and bore them gallantly during the battle.  He is a hero.  The color guard were all severely wounded.  I escaped, fortunately, unharmed, having my horse shot from under me at the last charge.  I thank God that I am alive to-day.

        The army is in good condition, and before many days, I trust, you will hear of our final success.

                                Yours, etc.,

                                                                                B. A. Iley.

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Wed., July 15, 1863, p. 2

Company A 14th Indiana.

        Capt. Hays of the 14th Indiana, arrived in this place on Monday evening last, direct from the bloody field of Gettysburg.  Having received a flesh wound in the leg, which will for a short time disarrange his powers of locomotion, he procured a furlough for the purpose paying a visit to his relatives and many friends.

        From him we learn that Wm. Pickard of Annapolis, and Isaac Kelly of Bridgeton, members of Co. A, were also wounded, but we are happy to learn not seriously.

        At the time of the engagement old company A was only able to muster ten men for duty.

        It will be remembered by those acquainted with Capt. Hays, that he left our town something over two years ago a private in the ranks of the first company raised for the war in Parke county.  At Terre Haute he was made eighth Corporal, from which position he has gradually risen by the regular line of promotion, to the position of Captain.  Aside from the wound from which Capt. Hays is suffering, he is in good health, full of life, and as determined as ever to fight on until there are no longer to be found rebels in arms against the Government.

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Wed., July 29, 1863, p. 2

A Compliment to the 14th Indiana.

        A correspondent of the Daily State Journal thus speaks of the conduct of the remnant of the noble old 14th Indiana at the battle of Gettysburg:

        The 14th Infantry, Col. Cavins, went into the fight with 20 officers and 192 privates.  It lost 7 killed and 23 wounded.  Its present strength is 19 officers and 159 privates, all in good health and spirits.  This regiment held a position on the right center of our line, on Cemetery Hill, during the battle of the 2d, and in one of its charges drove the rebels from two guns they had taken, and routed them in ten minutes, capturing the battle flag of the 21st North Carolina, and the Colonel, Lieut. Colonel, Major and 14 privates.  As it came up on a run, the men of Rickett’s battery, which was so perilously threatened by the rebels, called out, “What regiment is that!”  “Fourteenth Indiana,” was shouted back.  “We’re saved, we’re saved,” was the exultant exclamation of the hard pressed artillerists; and they were saved.

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Wed., November 18, 1863, p. 2

Recruits Wanted for the 14th Regiment.

        Friends of Parke county, I have the honor to announce to you that I am now in this place for the purpose of raising recruits for company A, of the 14th Indiana.

        From the many well contested battles which that noble regiment has been called to take part, the ranks have been so reduced that it again becomes necessary that we call upon the good people of this county to lend their aid to their brothers already in the field.  I trust that all good people of this county will join with me in this noble work, so that I may soon raise the required number, and again join my regiment.  I will be found at this place at any time, and will be pleased to have all names that wish to join that noble regiment.  Can we think of the noble young men of this county suffering themselves to be drafted for such a cause as this?  Let us answer that by joining the old 14th regiment.                                F. WELCH

        Orderly Serg’t Co. A, 14th Ind.

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Wed., April 13, 1864, p. 2

        Sergt. Frank Welch, of Company A., 14th Regiment, who has accomplish a good work in recruiting, left for Indianapolis on Tuesday’s train, where he hopes to get permission to return to his Regiment.

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Wed., May 25, 1864, p. 2

        Wm. D. Mull, formerly a member of the old 14th regiment, and more recently a captain in the six months service, has been elected captain of the second company of one hundred days men from this county.

        In the list of killed and wounded of the 14th regiment, in the recent battles in Virginia, we find the following from this county:  Killed, James Caldwell, W. Bonson.  Wounded, Serg’t Taylor, A. J. Stewart, Corporal Sutherland, Wm. R. Johnson.

        L. A. Foote, formerly Major of the 14th Indiana, has been appointed Major of 133d regiment of one hundred days men.  The regiment, when last heard from, was in Nashville.

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Wed., June 1, 1864, p. 2

Indiana Soldiers in the Late Virginia Battles.

        The following report of the part taken by the Indiana Soldiery in the late battles in Virginia, written by Dr. Clippinger, who was sent to the front by Governor Morton, to look after our wounded, will be read with interest by every loyal Indianian:

        To His Excellency O.P. Morton, Governor of the State of Indiana:

        Sir – Knowing the interest you constantly manifest in the great struggle going on for the preservation of our Government, and the security and peace of society, and believing you will be interested as well as the people at large in the State, in the part our troops have lately taken in the series of battles just fought on the Potomac, beside feeling it due the heroic dead and mutilated living.  I beg to submit the following report.

        You will please remember we have but four regiments immediately with General Grant, viz: the 7th, 14th, 19th, and 20th.  These are in two coprs – the 2d and 5th.  The 14th and 20th in the 2d Army Corps, and the 7th and 19th in the 5th.  It is now history, of the Colonels commanding these regiments but one survives.  The gallant Colonel, Ira Grover, of the 7th fell, pierced through the head by a ball.  His last words were, as repeatedly given me by his men, “We have a desperate work before us, but we will discharge our duty to the best of our ability.”  In this duty, leading and cheering his regiment, he gave up to his country his young life, so full of hope and promise.  Col. John Coons, of the 14th fell as a hero would, in the moment of victory.  Having led his brigade over one breastwork after another, the last one was reached.  Mounting it, revolver in hand, firing as he advanced, he was shot through the chest, and fell forward into the midst of the foe.  The fruits of his daring and cost of his life were the forty to fifty cannon and the division of rebels captured on that occasion.  I would not be invidious, nor make one remark detracting from the heroism or glory of any one of the gallant dead, but for want of knowledge I must be silent respecting the many chivalrous deeds of Colonel Gover and others, during most of their brilliant career, and am able to say only of them, they were always ready for duty, brave and capable, and on many hot fields have written a history of which any one might be proud.  Being familiar with the career of Colonel Coons, I can speak of him more at length, and in detail.  He first, as Captain in the 14th, met the enemy at Cheat Mountain, Va., and although in overwhelming numbers yet he repulsed him.  Then at Blue’s Gap and Bloomery Furnace.  Again on the bloody field of Winchester; next on the Peninsula; then at Antietam, where he was five times wounded before leaving the field; at Fredericksburg; at Gettysburg; at Chancellorsville, and lastly in the Wildnerness – how bravely, let history speak.  Winchester was the first decided victory to our arms, after the Rich Mountain success, and where the most gifted rebel General Jackson commanded in person.  Kimball’s brigade let McClellan’s army out of the swamps on the Peninsula in less than forty-eight hours after its arrival, composing a part of which was the 14th.  At Antietam four hundred and fifty rebel dead attest the valor of the same regiment, after an engagement of two hours, during which they held the center, after two other brigades broke.  To do this, out of three hundred and twenty, all told, of the regiment, one hundred and eighty-seven men were killed or wounded.  At the first Fredericksburg fight they left their dead nearest the enemy’s entrenchments.  Terribly they suffered there, but were unconquered.  At Gettysburg they defied the flower of the rebel army, and though outnumbered by thousands, maintained an unbroken line, inflicting terrible punishment upon their assailants.  Their own loss, however, was frightful. – Collecting together what remained of their regiment, they met Stonewall Jackson for the last time at Chancellorsville, saved by their gallantry General Hooker’s headquarters, and inflicted upon Jackson his death wound.  Once more they are marshalled for battle, their period of enlistment being within a few days of expiring, yet enthusiastic and valiant as ever.  They are in the center – the immortal brigade 4th and 8th Ohio, 7th Virginia and 14th Indiana, are formed for perhaps the last time.  With five other regiments, they compose Carroll’s Division of the 2d Corps, Owen commanding the brigade.  They advance on his center, but untold numbers of Longstreet’s veterans are huried against them; at last five regiments are broken; the enemy is through; word has gone quickly to Grant that the center is pierced – in a moment the peril and crisis are comprehended by Colonel Coons, and quick as thought the order is given, by which his devoted men are made to fill the dreadful gap – the shock is awful, but the brigade does not waver.  Longstreet and his thousands are held as never before, and though the odds are fearful, yet Col. Coons and his men by shouts and their steady fire, defy their advance, and word goes quickly to Grant that the gap is again filled, by Major Houghton.  The General says, “How is this, here is a dispatch saying it is broken, you say it is not.”  The Major replies “It was, but Col. Coons has filled it.”  Grant replies, “Ah! This is a horse of another color,” and sends up reinforcements.  The fate of the day was saved, but count the members of the fallen and thus endeavor to make up the sum of our indebtedness.  Day after day, these same scenes were enacted and are still re-appearing – but alas!  Colonel Coons and many of his braves are no longer actors.

        Colonel Williams of the 19th, with flag in hand, cheering and leading his faithful followers into the thickest of the conflict, fell – the flag he loved so well waving over him.  He was proud to bear it; it was glorious to fall under its folds.

        What shall we say of the dead and mutilated of these regiments?  Of the line officers and men, more than half have been killed or wounded.  All honor to the dead and praise to the living!  It may be truthfully said of these regiments: If scouting is to be done, they do it; if the enemy’s lines are to be felt, they feel them; if skirmishers are to be driven-in, they drive them; if the lines are to be watched while rifle-pits are being dug, they watch them; in a word, whatever honor, duty or flag calls them, there they are found, nobly doing their whole duty.  In hospital, the hardest of all places, they are uncomplaining, patient and hopeful, and death is never a surprise.

        If your Excellency will turn to an account of the recent battles, you will see that the 2d Army Corps and the 5th have almost invariably opened the engagements.  Last Thursday, one week ago, the 2d carried every entrenchment, but the 6th, failing to support in time, these veterans were unable to hold the position, as they contended against nearly the whole rebel army.  So of the 5th Corps, they never falter nor hesitate.  Our only Colonel, Taylor of the 20th, led his regiment day after day in this Corps, till he was finally prostrated by fever.  I am glad, however, to report him again ready for the front and ardent to get there.

        Of the line officers too much cannot be written.  Their gallantry is beyond praise.  But the price it cost them and their native State, silent homes and mutilated persons, are alone competent to answer.  Of one I beg to speak – the late Lieut. J.D. Caldwell of the 14th, on Gen. Couch’s staff.  Of him the General spoke as only brave men can – himself perhaps mortally wounded.  He said, “I learned to have more respect for my race than I ever before entertained,” and while from a private in the ranks he became a Lieutenant, with all the prejudices of a West Point education, the General continued to say, “In virtue he enlarged my ideas; of truth he was a synonym; from duty he never swerved; equally capable and efficient he never failed to perform his work, great or small, well and at the moment.  In a word, he was the most perfect and lovely character I ever came in contact with,” and here the brave man, though suffering all he could endure from his wound, burst into tears.

        Among the privates in these regiments, many might have been found who would shine in virtue with equal lustre to that of the lamented Caldwell, had they only been elevated where their lofty spirits and gallant bearing might have been seen and known.  But alas! they with him and other line officers and Colonels, brothers in arms, heroes in combat, are now forever comrades in death.  While we mourn them, may we catch their spirit, emulate their virtue and patriotism, and urn in our hearts their memories.

        I have the honor to be your most obedient servant.

                                                Geo. W. Clippinger,

        Indianapolis, May 27, ’64.

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Wed., June 22, 1864, p. 2

The old 14th

        We learn that Company A, of the gallant old Fourteenth, will arrive this evening.  The regiment, upon its arrival at Indianapolis, numbered about one hundred and thirty men.  Out of this, Company A and Parke county can now only claim about ten men out of the 101 with which it entered the service.  Though their number be small, let them have a cordial reception.  It only goes to prove that they have stood where the missils of death flew thick and terrible.

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Wed., March 1, 1865, p. 1

[Published by request.]

FOURTEENTH INDIANA.

Come all you gallant Hoosier boys, unto my song attend,

About a rambling regiment, whose rambles have no end;

About a fighting regiment, who always led the van,

And whose boys have fought so bravely all through Virginia’s land.

 

We fought the storms of Cheat, boys, we fought the foemen too,

While cheerily above us waved our banner of true blue;

And our starry flag of freedom, which yet we mean shall stand,

On the thousand hills and mountains of old Virginia’s land.

 

One morning in October, among Greenbriar’s hills,

We learned the art completely of facing rebel shells;

And though we did not conquer, we proved that man to man,

We could surely whip them, throughout Virginia’s land.

 

And on Winchester’s rolling fields we met old Stonewall’s boys,

They could not stand our powder, nor our infernal noise;

The last we saw of Stonewall, he was a sifting hand.

And cursing the invaders of old Virginia’s land.

 

Our banners waved triumphant in Antietam’s bloody fray,

And many a gallant Hoosier boy is sleeping there to-day;

And all had died or triumphed, for fate had given command,

You must die or drive rebellion back into Virginia’s land.

 

The storm blew loud at Fredericksburg, but when it ceased to blow,

The fallen Hoosier boys were found the nearest to the foe,

And with his trusty rifle in his clenched and icy hand,

Seemed to urge his few survivors to redeem Virginia’s land.

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Rockville Tribune, September 10, 1912

 

WELCOME TO FOURTEENTH

Read at Rockville Reunion, Thursday Evening, September 12, 1889.

 

Can’t you see the face of comrades as you brush away your tears

That you lost among the shadows of those far of battle yeas?

Can’t you see the columns forming to the music of the bands,

And hear the voice of Kimball breathing soldierly commands,

As you dress upon your colors and touch elbows left and right,

And rush into hell’s portals as you charge up Marye’s Heights?

 

Oh, heroes of the Union! What welcome we can give

To you who sipped Death’s chalice that the Fatherland might live?

Halt! From once more beneath the flag and stand at dress parade!

While a Nation bares and bows her head and draws her battle-blade,

And salutes your meager numbers, and crowns, with garlands bright,

This remnant of the Old Fourteenth that gathers here tonight.”