Tag Archives: President Lincoln

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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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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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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