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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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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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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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