Category Archives: Before the Civil War

Dressing Like a Soldier

As the volunteers flooded into Indianapolis, Governor Morton had to begin thinking about equipping these young men for war. During the month of May 1861, events were continuing to push everyone toward war.  More states were seceding each day.  On … Continue reading

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Learning to be a Soldier

After arriving at Camp Morton on Thursday, April 18th, 1861, L.K. probably quickly fell into a routine. Excitement was high in the beginning.  The whole camp shook as thirteen guns were fired with the arrival of each new company of … 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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Leaving Home

Lewis Kinsey Harris left home before he went off to the Civil War.  Even though he was still a relatively young man, he had moved on from his father’s house.  And his mother was dead. L.K. was born on May … Continue reading

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