COLUMN: New book details Civil War impact

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FRANK SANDAGE, Guest Columnist

My new book “Civil War Soldiers of Perry County” will be released to the public July 4.

The book has the names, addresses, ranks, times of service and many other details not published before in the county. Our recent Memorial Day services honored 136 men who died in the service between 1900 and 2010. My book will give the names of 900 men and 183 who perished in the struggle to save the Union and to free slaves.

It is my pleasure to present a few facts about our American Civil War.

Let’s start with Andersonville Confederate Prison and its cemetery. There is a significant monument in place there for 702 Hoosiers who perished in that prison.

I have identified the following Perry County men who have records of death in Andersonville:

William A. Bolin, Cannelton.
Peter Boyer, Rono
William Combs, Leopold
Elias Creason, Cannelton
Greer Creason, Cannelton
Charles Dick, Cannelton
Christian Saalman, Leopold
Caleb S. Wade, Cannelton

The Alvey family put 10 men into the Union uniform and lost five. Their losses were John, Thomas and Benedict I. Alvey, all of Leopold and Luke Alvey and Nicholas Alvey, both of Derby.

The Kellems family lost all three members of their family. Their losses were Asa and John Kellems of Derby and David H. Kellems of Leopold.

The Sandage family provided 15 men for the Perry County Union Army. One perished in a hospital at Vicksburg in 1863. Six were in the Union Calvary and three were discharged with wounds.

This is a summary of the Perry County Civil War soldiers by their addresses as recorded in the office of the adjutant general of the state of Indiana in 1867.

Eight hundred ninety-seven served. A few were paid substitutes and a few were drafted in 1864. More than 95 percent were volunteers. What follows here is a tabulation of the number of enlistees from each address followed by the number who perished from that address.

Cannelton, 264 men; 69 perished
Leopold, 133 men; 31 perished
Troy, 99 men; 8 perished
Rome, 95 men; 11 perished
Derby, 75 men; 26 perished
Adyeville, 41 men; 5 perished
Rono, 45 men; 19 perished
Tell City, 24 men; 3 perished
Bridgepot, 24 men; 5 perished
Lilly Dale, 11 men; 0 perished
Don Juan, 6 men; 1 perished
Uniontown, 4 men; 1 perished
Foster’s Ridge, 7 men; 4 perished

Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Ewing of Green Castle have provided information on all 24,500 Hoosiers who perished in the Civil War. This is what they found for our 12 southern Indiana counties:

Crawford, 169; Dubois, 114; Gibson, 373; Harrison, 152; Orange, 346; Perry, 178; Pike, 196; Posey, 257; Spencer, 341; Vanderburgh, 359; Warrick, 184 and Washington, 272.

If you were to multiply these numbers for the losses by five, you would get a good estimate of the total number of recruits from each county. For example, Perry County lost 178, multiply that by five and you get 890 men who served.

So the army of southern Indiana would look like this: Crawford County, 845; Dubois, 570; Gibson, 1,865; Harrison, 760; Orange, 1,730; Perry, 897; Pike, 980; Posey, 1,285; Spencer, 1,705; Vanderburg, 1,795; Warrick, 920 and Washington, 1,360.

My new book is 8,485 pages with 17 pages devoted to charts, graphs and pictures and will be available July 4, just 150 years late. It will be available at uthorhouse.com or by phone at (888) 728-8467, Ext. 5022 and delivered by UPS. It is also available in e-book form.

Sandage is a Tell City native currently living in the community.