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150 years ago today the first men from Porter County volunteered to fight to preserve the Union.

They were the first of more than 1,200 from the county who went to war.

Local men served from the barrier islands of North Carolina to the trenches of Vicksburg. They were at Shiloh, Stones River, Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, Atlanta, Fredricksburg and Gettysburg.

Porter County men fired canister at point blank range, guarded the flag in a desperate charge and built and defended breastworks. They campaigned on foot and on horseback. They raided deep behind enemy lines. Two of them would talk a doctor out of cutting off their legs and survive. One regiment would be second in the race to put an American flag on Lookout Mountain. Another local company wore the first divisional recognition patch in the history of the U.S. Army and were eyewitnesses to the Monitor and the Merrimac. One man got a hospital visit from Mary Todd Lincoln. Another came home on leave to vote Republican to cancel out his father’s vote against the war.

Today, the Chesterton Tribune begins an occasional series marking the 150 year anniversaries of significant events in Porter County’s contribution to preserving the Union with a look back at the reaction to the fall of Ft. Sumter.


Further reading

Two early histories of Porter County which cover the Civil War:

•Hardesty, A. G. 1876. “Illustrated Historical Atlas of Porter County, Indiana.” Valparaiso, Indiana: A. G. Hardesty.

•Goodspeed, Weston Arthur; Blanchard, Charles, editors, “Counties of Porter and Lake, Indiana, 1882; Chicago, F. A. Battey, publisher; Chapter 3, By Rev. Robert Beer.

Jan 11, 1917 Chesterton Tribune:

“A.B. Wade Post 208 of Chesterton has received fourteen headstones for the following comrades of the Civil War. To all relatives or friends: These stones are in the care of A.R. Gustafson and we desire you call for same and place them at the graves of those to which they belong. The names are as follows: Peter Cooley, Chas. G. Walgren, Wm. Page, James Newberry, John Dille, Gideon Post, Addison Hineline, Philander Marnes, W.W. Curtis, Warren Julce, Sylvester Coslet, Ambrose Road.

“Will be pleased if you will see they are properly placed before next Memorial Day.”

--R.S. Greer, Cmdr.

(Tribune photos by Margaret Willis taken in the Chesterton Cemetery)



Posted 4/15/2011