Tag Archives: William P Benton

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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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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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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