John and his younger brother Thomas (my grandfather) enlisted together in Company A, 80th Indian Infantry in Princeton, Indiana August 11, 1862.Thomas was wounded at the battle of Perryville, KY and was mustered out.John continued with the 80th. The War Departmen archives show John " wounded at the battle of Resaca, Georgia, May 14/64" was shown as "wounded and In Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee May 20th 1864. He died "in hospital July 15, 1864.
The Army "RECORD OF DEATH AND INTERMENT" has the following information. John Chestnut...Nashville Cemetery.... 80th Ind Vol Inft Priv Co "A" .... Residence before enlisting...Princeton, Ind.....Single...cause of death... Gun Shot fracture of right leg amputated.References and remarks...His remains taken home by his Father.
After claiming John's remains his father took them home to Princeton for burial.
The directory of cemeteries for Gibson County, Indiana published by the Gibson County Historical Society shows John buried in the Center Township Cemetery. (It was my understanding that this information came from WPA researchers) The directory describes his stone as "a military marker that is broken and reads John Chestnut, Co., H, 17th Indiana Infantry.".The reference to 17th Ind Infantry is incorrect.
Time did not allow me to visit the sight at the time of my visit to Princeton but I would like to identify positively the location of his grave.
I appreciate the interest and help of Christopher and Phyllis.