I could not write this blog without the support of my wife and two sons. They graciously give me time to research and to write. My wife used her immense talents to design the header at the top of the blog and she often helps me think through how something should be said or what could make my writing better. Most of all, her encouragement is a sine qua non, not just for the blog but for my life.
Post #1: Who is L.K. Harris?
The document quoted in this post (that really is the whole post) is one that is in our family files. There is no way to know who wrote it or how it came to be in the files. But without generations of people preserving and protecting these files, documents like this one wouldn’t be available to me. I also thank my Uncle Edward S. Harris for his guardianship and advancement of our family history through the last generation and now. And I thank my parents for their encouragement in my pursuit of family history and their willingness to store many of the family files in their basement.
The picture of L.K. Harris also came from our family files.
Post #2: Leaving Home
The historical details of the Harris family come from my research files. The picture of the Jonas Harris mill is from the “Old Mills” pamphlet file of the St. Joseph County Public Library. The original photo was by R.H. Slinger in 1891. Kevin Wadzinski of the St. Joseph County Library was extremely helpful in finding details about the Jonas Harris family’s time in the South Bend area. The deed that is pictured twice in this blog post is in my family’s possession. The information from the family doctor and about Cornelius’ institutionalization came from Central State Hospital records held at the Indiana State Archives in Indianapolis.
Post #3: Life in the Big City
The 1859 and 1860 City Directories are available at Morrison-Reeves Public Library in Richmond, Indiana. The picture of the ad for Union Machine Works came from the Broad Axe of Freedom newspaper (accessed at Morrison-Reeves). Information about Union Machine Works and S. Horney & Co. came from The History of Wayne County by Andrew Young (1872) and from various Wayne County newspapers of the period (accessed at Morrison-Reeves). The 1860 Federal Census for Indiana was accessed on Ancestry.com. The picture of Governor Morton came from wikipedia. My wife was very kind to scan in the ad and crop the census image for this post.
The picture of William Benton was downloaded from Wikipedia in April 2011. Several Richmond area newspapers were consulted (at Morrison-Reeves Library in Richmond).
Post #5: An Out-gushing of Patriotic Emotion
These quotes are from the Cincinnati Gazette newspaper, accessed at the Ohio Historical Society in April 2011. The picture of Lincoln was downloaded from Wikipedia in April 2011.
Post #6: Arriving at Camp
The first few pages of On Many a Bloody Field: Four Years in the Iron Brigade by Alan D. Gaff tells about the raising of the Benton’s company in Richmond and their travel to Indianapolis. Indianapolis and the Civil War by John Hampden Holliday (published in 1911) quoted the Indianapolis Journal articles and gave some context of the early days of the Civil War in Indianapolis. The entry for Civil War in The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis by David J. Bodenhamer and Robert Graham Barrows was also helpful. The picture of Lew Wallace came from the Library of Congress via Wikipedia. The drawing of Camp Morton came from Harper’s Weekly, September 13, 1862.
Post #7: Learning to be a Soldier
All the information about routines at Camp Morton came from the first part of Camp Morton 1861-1865: Indianapolis Prison Camp by Hattie Lou Winslow and Joseph R. H. Moore. Both pictures were downloaded from Wikipedia in May 2011.
Post #8: Dressing Like a Soldier
Photo credit for picture of Civil War shoes: Tria Giovan/CORBIS; downloaded from http://www.history.com/photos/civil-war-artifacts/photo3 in May 2011. The picture of the jacket was downloaded from Cowan Auctions (www.cowanauctions.com): TRIM-STRIPPED SHELL JACKET ATTRIBUTED TO SGT. MICHAEL CLINE, 17TH INDIANA. The list of clothing contracted for by the Indiana Quartermaster came from the Cincinnati Gazette.
Post #9: Camp Food
The information about the food served at Camp Morton came from Camp Morton 1861-1865: Indianapolis Prison Camp by Hattie Lou Winslow and Joseph R. H. Moore. The first picture is from Harper’s Weekly. The picture of McClellan is from Wikipedia and was downloaded in May 2011.
Post #10: On the Way to War
Most of the information in this post came from The Soldier of Indiana in the war for the Union by Catharine Merrill (1864), accessed on GoogleBooks in June 2011. The picture of General McClellan was downloaded from Wikipedia in September 2011. The picture of Irwin Harrison was downloaded from the internet in September 2011.
Post #11: The Fog of War
All three pictures are from Harper’s Weekly. The story of the Battle of Rich Mountain was compiled from several books: Rebels at the Gate: Lee and McClellan on the Front Line of a Nation Divided by W. Hunter Lesser (2004); Yanks from the South!: The First Land Campaign of the Civil War by Fritz Haselberger (1987); The History of the Tenth Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry by James Birney Shaw (1912); and The Battle of Rich Mountain by Jack Zinn (1971).
Post #12: A Three Month Tour
The information about the Militia Act of 1795 came from Tried by War by James D. McPherson (2008). Movements of the Eighth Indiana recounted in this post came from The Abridged History of the Eighth Indiana Volunteer Infantry by James K. Bigelow (1864), accessed on GoogleBooks in September 2011. The details of L.K.’s service came from his official military records from the National Archives. The picture of the Union camp at Beverly, West Virginia was downloaded from http://www.richmountain.org/history/beverly.html in September 2011. The picture of Union Station in Indianapolis is from the Bass Photo Collection at the Indiana Historical Society.
Post #13: Back Home Again in Indiana
This quote from the Indianapolis Journal was found in Indiana Battle Flags and a Record of Indiana in the Mexican, Civil and Spanish-American Wars by the Indiana Battle Flag Commission (1929).
Post #14: O Captain, My Captain
L.K.’s discharge papers from the 8th Indiana are in my family’s possession–the picture on this blog post is from my own scan. The other picture of Mayberry M. Lacey and the other field staff was emailed to me by a fellow researcher. Much of the information about Lacey came from the letter in the Earlham College archives. The quote from the Battle Axe of Freedom newspaper was found at Morrison-Reeves library in Richmond. More information about M.M Lacey is online at countyhistory.org.