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James Prevo Diary Entry

Posted in Franklin, Soldier Profile with tags , , , on March 9, 2014 by 40thindiana

hospitalCivil War nurse aiding wounded soldiers, 1863.

Saturday, December 24, 1864

“The second death in the ward. It was that of a young, noble-looking man – Prevo, of the 40th Indiana. He died of a gunshot wound, the ball entering the lungs. He was battling with the grim monster all day yesterday, and thought himself at one time on a forced march through the country of the enemy, and at another in the heat of battle, when he would cheer on the soldiers. A lock of hair and a few words of condolence will go to one more mourning family in place of the dear, noble boy.” – Nurse Elvira J. Powers, Jefferson Hospital, Jeffersonville, Indiana

James Y. Prevo enlisted as a member of Company I, on December 18, 1861 at Covington, Indiana. He marched and fought with the 40th Indiana for three years of war. On November 30, 1864, during the confusion and intense combat at Franklin, Prevo was wounded in the chest by a musket-ball. After being seen in a field hospital, James was transferred to Jefferson Hospital where he died on December 26, 1864. Twenty-three year old James Prevo is buried in the New Albany National Cemetery, New Albany, Indiana

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Blake’s Greyhounds!

Posted in 40th Haversack, Regimental History with tags , on March 3, 2014 by 40thindiana

Blake's Greyhounds!

Indianapolis Journal, April 30, 1863

Colonel Blake has returned to his regiment, taking among other testimonials, new national and regimental flags. On the regimental flag is inscribed in gold, Shiloh, Chaplin Hill, and Stone River, in memory of those battles. The ladies of Lafayette have also embroidered in silk, Munfordsville, Manchester, Cornith and Bowling Green, skirmishes in which the regiment was engaged. The regiment having by their rapid movements earned the title of ‘Blake’s Greyhounds,’ a greyhound is appropriately embroidered on the right-hand corner of this gallant battleflag.