Category Archives: 36th Indiana Infantry

The Fall of Nashville

On February 25, 1862 Nashville, Tennessee became the first Confederate state capital to fall into Federal hands. L.K. Harris and the 36th Indiana were among the first Union troops to enter the city on that beautiful spring day. Robert Best, … Continue reading

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Bull Nelson and the heavy hand of discipline

For the boys of the 36th Indiana, the first few months of 1862 were filled with learning how to be soldiers while trying to stay healthy at Camp Wickliffe in Kentucky. During this time, General Buell assigned the 36th Indiana … Continue reading

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Rain, rain go away!

It rained all day today.  A steady, cold, drenching rain.  In my twenty-first century, suburban existence, this tormenting downpour has meant nothing but frustration as I ran from my watertight car to my watertight house and back again.  But in … Continue reading

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Death in the Camp

In the Civil War, disease killed more soldiers than bullets.  The men of the 36th Indiana learned this startling fact quickly. There’s little question that the gathering of lots of men from small communities and farms across the countryside into … Continue reading

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Choosing More War

In September 1861, Lewis K. Harris chose to go back to war.  Like many of the ninety-day men (those who joined the initial three-month units called for by President Lincoln and raised by the governors of several states), L.K. wanted … Continue reading

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A Three Month Tour

When the Civil War started, no one could foresee how long it would last.  President Lincoln initially called for volunteers to enlist for 90 days, since that was the longest amount of time that state militia could be federalized according … Continue reading

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Who is L.K. Harris?

Lewis Kinsey (L.K.) Harris is my great-great grandfather.  His life story is told in a brief biography that probably functioned as an obituary upon his death in 1918: Lewis Kinsey Harris was born at South Bend, Indiana, May 16th, 1838. … Continue reading

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