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The Civil War

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Nathan H Culver, Company K, 43rd Indiana Infantry.  ( Shared by Celesta M. Jett )

Pension file # for invalid 123450 Cert # 310108  Widows # 810033 cert# 519026.  He enlisted at the same time and place as William Smith McNeil  and was discharged 26 June 1862 with a medical discharge.    Quoted from the pension record, " On March 25 1862 while in the service of the United States, and was in the line of duty as a soldier, in the manner and at the place as follows: at Moore's Landing in AR near Fort Pillow, his foot got sore which rendered him unfit for service until he was mustered out. The disability started out as a sore on the bottom of his right heel and grew worse until he was sent to the Hospital at Memphis from which he was discharged". 

Nathan was born in October 1835 in Parke county and died April 1904 in Stewardson, Shelby county, IL.  He married Dicinda B McNeil 15 November 1864 in Parke county where she was born in November 1837 in Parke county IN.  She died 1 September 1913 in Stewardsville, Shelby county, IL

They had 10 children with only 5 living to adulthood.   Charles E (1868-1896) married Anna Seward,  William E (1868-1937) married Minnie J Webb, Jesse A (1872-1931) married Ella V Black, Cora (1878-before 1900 census) married John Marion Quicksall

Ira Andrew Huffman, Company A, 85th Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry    (Shared by Don Huffman )

Ira Andrew Huffman was the only son of Lawson Huffman and Mary (Rawlings) of Liberty Township, Parke County, Indiana. He was born there October 19, 1843. Eighteen year old Ira joined Captain Abner Floyd's Company A, 85th Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry August 1, 1862 at Annapolis, Indiana. During its first engagement of the Civil War at Thompson's Station, Tennessee, March 5, 1863, Ira was captured as a prisoner of war and forced to march to Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia. The 85th suffered terribly in dead and wounded. One of the dead at Thompson's Station was Eli York, Ira's Brother-in-law. The prisoners were exchanged and entered battle again in Franklin, Tennessee on April 20, 1864. On November 15, 1864, Ira and the 85th started with General Sherman's march from Atlanta to the sea and ended with the march down Pennsylvania Avenue after the war was over. He was honorably discharged June 12, 1865 at Washington DC. The 85th is remembered in a book by Frank Welcher and Larry G. Ligget entitled, Coburn's Brigade.

After the war Ira married Manerva Jane Isbell of Arthur, Pike County, Indiana. They had one child, Mary Lillison, born in 1874. Ira's wife died a year and a half later and he took up residence in Anthony, Harper County, Kansas. He was married to Lovina Kinnel in Kingman, Kansas, July 18, 1882 and lived there until the Cherokee Strip opened in 1893. Ira and his wife raised a family of seven children on their homestead at Lahoma, Oklahoma. The children, Effie, Etta, John, and Ellis remained in the area their whole lives. Mary went to Long Beach, California. Alva went to Weed, California. Joseph went to Seattle, Washington, and James went to Red Bluff, California. Ira Andrew Huffman was a farmer his whole life as were all the Huffman ancestors to that time. Ira died May 24, 1927 at the age of 83. He is buried in Sunnyside Cemetery, southeast of Lahoma, Oklahoma. Information provided by Ira Huffman's great grandson, Don Huffman

Gibson Mankin, Company H, 77th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry ( Shared by Kelly Mankin )

Gibson Mankin was the son of Ashford Mankin and Mary Harris. He was born 30 June 1836-39 (war records and census records differ) in Columbiana County, Ohio. He came to Parke County, Indiana in 1850 with his parents and brothers William and David.  After his father died in late 1850's he returned to Columbiana County, Ohio with his mother.  There he married Mary Jane Welch on 04 July 1861.  He served in the Civil War in the Union Army.  He enlisted on 08 February 1865 as a private in Company H, 77th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry under Captain Paul Rohrbacher. He mustered out at Victoria, Texas on 06 December 1865.

After the war he lived in Columbiana County, Ohio until finally moving back to Parke County, Indiana about 1875 where he lived until his death on 03 March 1913 at Rockville, Parke County, IN.  He is buried in Rockville Cemetery next to his wife Mary Jane (Welch) Mankin. ( The birth date on his headstone 1830 is incorrect. )  His brothers also served in the Civil War :  David Mankin: Company C 78th Indiana Infantry and  William Mankin (half brother) : Company K 43rd Indiana Infantry.  Some of this information is thanks to my 1st cousin Michael Mankin.

Andrew S McNeil, Company D  85th Indiana Infantry Regiment   ( Shared by Celesta M. Jett )

Andrew S. McNeil, enlisted 11 August 1862  and died 2 February 1863.  He married Sabra Jane Cole 29 January 1852 in Parke county Indiana.  After his death Sabra married Robert R Osborne in Vigo county Indiana.   Andrew was in the same company as William Smith McNeil and would be an uncle to William Smith and Dicinda McNeil.

Andrew enlisted 13 August 1862 as a Private in Company D, commanded by Captain William Reader, 85th Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry.  While in the service he contracted measles of which he died in hospital in Danville Kentucky on  the 13th January 1863.  Known children are: 

  • Harriet E .P.      born 11 December 1852

  • Rosella A.         born 01 June 1856

  • Tmothy N.         born 03 May 1858

  • Nathan             born 12 February 1860

  • Cinthia E.          born 26 September 1861

Sabra Jane Cole McNiel Osborn died 15 April 1909 in Rossville, Kansas

Robert R. Osborne died 02 March 1903 in Rossville, Kansas


William Smith McNiel,  Company K, 43rd Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry  ( Shared by Celesta M. Jett )

William Smith McNiel was a private in Company K, 43rd Regiment Indiana Volunteers.  He enlisted at Rockville, IN on 17 October 1861 by Captain John R Callender, duly mustered into military service in Terre Haute, IN on 17 October 1861 for a 3 year term by Captain Norris.  He was born in 1837 in Parke county IN to Thomas Hargis McNiel ( 1795 VA-1850 Mortality Schedule Parke co IN) and Malinda Elizabeth Fuequay  (29 May 1808 OH-27 July 1859, Parke county IN).  When he enlisted he was 6 foot tall, 24 year old farmer having a fair complexion, grey eyes and light hair.

On 30 June 1862, only 8 months and 23 days after his duty started, he was wounded at Adams Bluff, AR.  Quoted from his Army pension record (#53049) "He received the following wounding:  Gunshot wound(rifle ball) in right hip. Poping back and down against the spine- disabeling the back and right arm."  Upon receiving his honorable discharge on Surgeons Certificate of Disability on 29 December 1862 in Memphis, TN, he returned to IN to resume farming. In total he served 1 year, 3 months and 26 days. he contracted "chronic diarrhea while in the service leaving him "thin in flesh and apparently weak and debilitated ...had not been at any time able to make more than half a hand at any kind of labor since then".

He married first: Virginia Ermieline Rowe (1840-1879).  They had six children, Virginia dying in the birth of a seventh child.  The children wer Rosella Morton (1864-1942) who married James T Montgomery. Sarah Emeline (1865-?) who married Henry  Montgomery.  Charles William (1867-1955) who married Clara Edna Webster.  Ida May (1870-1946) who married Amos Patterson,  Henry Washington (1872-1946) who married Sarah Jane Gwynne.  Chancey Emmit (1875-1909) who married Estella Morris.  and an infant who died at birth along with the mother.

Second marriage for William Smith Mcniel was to Lucinda M Sibley Allen on 13 December 1881 in Parke county IN.  One daughter Stella Belle (1882- ??) who married Orville Plough. William and Lucinda divorced in 1882 in Vigo county IN.

Third marriage for William Smith Mcniel was to Victoria Shadley Winn on 15 September 1886 in Vigo county IN.  They had 2 children,  Jesse Alexander and Francis Earl .

Quoted from his pension file:  William Smith McNiel died on 10 August 1891 from a surgical operation of cancer of the stomach.  I being the attending physician in his last sickness for a period of five months and was present the day of his death.  During the time I attended him he suffered from the Rheumatism, Chronic Diarrhea and from the gunshot wound in back from which troubles I think he would have died soon had not the operation been performed".  He is buried in Sulpher Springs Cemetery, Sandcut, Vigo County, IN

William M. Purcell, Company H, 1st Indiana Heavy Artillery ( Shared by Kelly Mankin )

William M. Purcell, the son of Clement W. Purcell was born on 03 January 1838 in Jackson County, IN and died on 29 May 1891 in Parke County, IN.  He was married on 02 February 1858 in Putnam County, IN to Miss Margaret Ann Faith, daughter of Thomas B and Eveline Wright Faith, who was born in 1838 and died on 02 February 1892 in Parke Co., IN.

When William enlisted at Terre Haute, IN on 03 October 1864, he claimed residence at Reelsville, Putnam County, IN.  His enlistment was handled by Capt. Thompson and was for a term of 1 year.  He was honorably discharged at Mobile, Alabama on 07 October 1865 at the expiration of the terms of his service.

Note from Kelly:  "I believe William M. Purcell and his wife Margaret (Faith) Purcell are buried in Barnes Cemetery, near Judson - possibly in unmarked graves.  There is a William Purcell buried in Barnes Cemetery. " Q.M. Sergeant,Co D 1st Indiana Heavy Artillery. "   There were two William Purcell's in the 1st Indiana Heavy Artillery.   My William M. Purcell was discharged a Private, and was in Co H. -  I believe the Q.M. Sergeant is some kin, but no

Snow, Madison (Mattison) Marion (  submitted by David McAfee )

"I was born in Parke county, near Bridgeton, Indiana, December 23, 1836; lived in Parke county until July 11, 1861, when I enlisted in the 21st Indiana Volunteer infantry, afterwards converted into 1st Indiana Heavy Artillery, I served in the war until the 10th day of January, 1866, when I was mustered out."   Note: Ended service as a Lieutenant  

Organized at Indianapolis, Ind., July 24, 1861, as 21st Indiana Infantry. Left State for Baltimore, Md., July 31, and duty in the Defences of that city till February 19, 1862. Attached to Dix's Division, Baltimore, Md., to February, 1862. Butler's New Orleans Expedition to March, 1862. 2nd Brigade, Dept. of the Gulf, to October, 1862. Independent Command, Dept. of the Gulf, to January, 1863. Unattached, 1st Division, 19th Army Corps, Dept. of the Gulf, to February, 1863. Designation changed to 1st Heavy Artillery February, 1863. Artillery, 1st Division, 19th Army Corps, to August, 1863. District of Baton Rouge, La., Dept. of the Gulf, to June, 1864. Unattached, 19th Army Corps, and Unattached, Dept. of the Gulf, to January, 1866.

Eli York, Company A, 85th Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry  (Shared by Don Huffman )

Eli York was born in Guilford County, North Carolina, 7 July 1830 . He came to Parke county Indiana with his parents about 1835.  He was the fifth of eight orphaned children of Hardin York and Mary (Polly) Jones. Andrew McMasters was appointed Guardian of the children with surety bonds being placed for their care by Henry Huffman and Thomas K. Harvey in 1838.The children lived with different families in Parke County until reaching adulthood. 

Eli joined  Captain Abner Floyd's Company A, 85th Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry August 1, 1862 at Annapolis, Indiana.  During its first engagement of the Civil War at Thompson's Station, Tennessee, March 5, 1863, Eli was wounded by a musket ball through his left breast and eluded capture for a couple of days.  He was captured as a prisoner of war and on March 22, 1863 died of his wounds. The 85th suffered terribly in dead and wounded.  He is buried in an unknown mass grave site in Columbia, Maury, TN, His family placed his memorial military grave marker in a private family cemetery, Childers Cemetery, Nowata County, Oklahoma, on 24 September 1977.  There was a large statewide memorial service with several dignitaries in attendance while his Memorial marker was placed. The celebration in Eli's honor was the

work and tremendous effort of his great grand daughter Helen York Rose He was survived by his widow, Mary Lucinda (Huffman) York, two daughters, Clarissa Ann and Mary Eva, and two sons, George Lawson and Ira Andrew of Liberty township, Parke county Indiana. He was preceded in death by two infant children in 1855. Information provided by Eli York's great grand nephew, Don Huffman