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O Captain, My Captain

L.K. Harris served his first three months in the Civil War under a man named Mayberry M. Lacey.  After his three-month service in the 8th Indiana Infantry, Captain Lacey became Adjutant in the 69th Indiana Infantry and served with L.K. … Continue reading

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Back Home Again in Indiana

On July 27, 1861, the Indianapolis Journal reported the following about the return of the Eighth Indiana Volunteer Infantry to their home state following their three-month tour of duty.  In those ninety days, my great-great grandfather L.K. Harris had experienced … 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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On the Way to War

They left Camp Morton on June 19, 1861.  After two months of training and learning how to be part of a unit of soldiers, these young men were on their way to war. Getting on the cars in Indianapolis, the … Continue reading

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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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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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