The following Biographical sketch was copied from the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI, INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F.A. Battey & Co., Publishers. 1883." On page 643: "BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES" "CITY OF WINAMAC"
"CAPT. W.W. AGNEW, is a son of JOSEPH B. and MARIAM (McKEE) AGNEW, and was born in Butler County, Ohio, February 21, 1822 and at the age of three years moved with his parents to Hamilton County, Ohio remaining there until eighteen years old, during which time he received but very limited school advantages. He learned carpentering, and in 1840 emigrated to Ripley County, Ind., where he farmed for three years. In 1842, his marriage with ELIZA R. HARDING was solemnized, and the same season they removed to Jackson County, Iowa, and engaged in agricultural pursuits. He remained there only a few years; then moved back to Ripley County, Ind., where he began the manufacture of barrels and working at saw milling. In 1854, he moved again to Iowa, but in 1858 returned to Indiana, locating in Jefferson Township, Pulaski County, where he engaged in farming summers and teaching school winters. July 26, 1862, he enlisted as a private in Company B., Eighty-Seventh Indiana Volunteer Infantry, but shortly afterward was appointed First Sergeant. In August, 1862, they started through Kentucky to check Gen. Bragg's advance, and meeting him fought the Battle of Perryville. Mr. Agnew was promoted First Lieutenant December 22, 1862, and officiated in that capacity until the death of Capt. BROWN, when he acted as Captain of his company until he received his commission as such dated November 4, 1863. Capt. AGNEW participated in numerous skirmishes and pitched battles, prominent among the latter being the engagement of Chickamauga, where his Company went in with thirty-three able-bodied men and came out with a loss of tenty-nine killed and wounded and two taken prisoners. He was in the Battle of Mission Ridge, all through the Atlanta Campaign, and the engagement at Nashville, where he was at the head of a detatchment of the Fourteenth Corps. He was discharged June 10, 1865, and from that time up to 1875, follwed farming and teaching in Pulaski County. In 1881, he embarked in the grocery and provision trade in Winamac, and is one of the popular merchants of the place. In politics, he is Republican, and he and wife are the parents of four children - SUSAN E., now MRS. JACOB SELL; FLORENCE A., now MRS. B.F. HOEFGEN; N. L. who is one of Winamac's best attorney's and WILLIAM H."