Monthly Archives: April 2011

Arriving at Camp

When L.K. and the other young men from Richmond stepped off the train cars in Indianapolis, they found a city in the throes of martial excitement.  The Indianapolis Journal of April 16, 1861 reported: “Our streets are blazing with national … Continue reading

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An Out-gushing of Patriotic Emotion

The beginning of the Civil War came quickly.  The nation had been slowly moving toward open conflict for years, but no one knew when it would erupt.  Then, on April 12, 1861, events at Fort Sumter shifted everything into high … Continue reading

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William P. Benton and the Wayne County Boys

William P. Benton was the first person in Wayne County, Indiana to respond to President Lincoln’s call for 75,000 troops after the firing on Fort Sumter.  He quickly raised a company of volunteers–including L.K. Harris–and led them to Indianapolis to … Continue reading

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Life in the Big City

Sometime around 1857 or 1858, twenty-year-old L.K. Harris moved fifteen miles from his father’s home in Hagerstown, Indiana to the big city of Richmond (population six or seven thousand).  I’ve found no evidence why he moved, whether as an escape … Continue reading

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