I've been working with an online database of Civil War rosters, and it appears that Company A of the 51st Indiana Infantry was raised in northern Hendricks County, with enlistments especially heavy from North Salem.The initial enlistment period seems to have been in December 1861, with almost all of the men from North Salem or the surrounding area-- Pittsboro, Lagoda, Jamestown, Danville, Lebanon, etc.Was some patriotic soul in North Salem responsible for raising the company?
Disease swept through Company A the next spring, with more than a dozen discharged for disability in late spring and early summer.In mid-1863 the company was reorganized, after it was captured and exchanged, with a number of enlistees from Brownsburg and other cities, and late in the war enlistees/draftees/substitutes came from a number of towns.Still, according to the database, 68 of the 162 men who served in Company A throughout the war, or nearly 42 percent, came from North Salem. (The percentage could be a bit higher or lower; one of my relatives, Harvey Slavens of North Salem, was not listed in the database so additional soldiers may also be missing.)
I haven't seen a history of the company, but the regimental history of the 51st Infantry shows that the company could have seen action at Shiloh, Corinth, Perryville, Stones River, and other places.
Does anyone have more information on Company A or the regiment as a whole?I know that a regimental history was privately published in 1894 by William Hartpence, but is apparently quite rare.Do any of the libraries in the county have a copy?
Here is a list of the soldiers from North Salem that I gleaned from the database.Spellings are exactly as they were there-- most likely there are several errors as some names sure don't look right.I'd appreciate hearing from relatives of Company A soldiers, especially those from North Salem, for any stories that may have been passed down through the generations.
William A. Adair David S. Adams George W. Adams John Allen David Alley Francis M. Barber Frederick Barker Abner A. Bryan Joseph Buchaan David Budd Francis Buler Noah Cole George Crayner Francis Davis George W. Davis William Davis William Duckworth George Durand Mahlon A. Dyer John J. Ellington John Emmons Jacob Fleece Joseph Fleece Richard Frazier Silas Gardner Thomas Gardner Anthony Garner William Gibson George Givens Jeremiah Givens Samuel Gwinn John Harlen William H. Harvey William P. House William Houston John W. Hunt Jese Jones William A. Jones William T. Linn John Lookabaugh George W. Moore James F. Ohaver Williamson Page George A. Proctoer James B. Proctor James I. Rose Thomas Rose Logan Russell Milton Russell* Joseph Sears George W. Shakleford James Sheckles Edward Shepherd Ira F. Shurley Milton Slavens Willis Slavens Caleb Smith James Southerlan John C. Trotter John E. Walker Amos Weaver John M. White William T. White Henry Wivel
*was awarded the Medal of Honor for action at Stones River, Tenn. on Dec. 29, 1862