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Isaac Yike, Company B

Posted in 40th Haversack, Soldier Profile with tags , , on March 3, 2016 by 40thindiana

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Early wartime image of Private Isaac Yike (b.1838). Isaac was an original member of Company B, enlisting at Chili, Miami County, Indiana. He was with the 40th Indiana during all of it’s hard fought battles. During 1864, Yike would reenlist as a Veteran Volunteer. By war’s end Isaac had attained the rank of sergeant. After the war he returned home to Miami County, where he would live until his death on August 21, 1907. This early image shows Private Yike wearing a frock coat, forage cap and grasping his 1853 Enfield rifle-musket.


Death of Lt. Col. James N. Kirkpatrick

Posted in 40th Haversack, Regimental History with tags , on November 2, 2015 by 40thindiana

An article from the Lafayette Daily Courier, June 12, 1862.


Lt. Col. Kirkpatrick’s grave, Wildcat Cemetery, Lafayette, IN.

Col. Kirkpatrick’s Death

D.M. Osburn, of Co. A, 40th regiment sends us a detailed statement of the melancholy circumstances attending the death of Lieut. Col. Kirkpatrick:

“Yesterday morning (June 8, 1862) our regiment took two days’ rations and marched for Bear Creek to help build a railroad bridge where one had been destroyed by the 10th Indiana Regiment in the effort to bag the rebels. After we arrived at the place we were marched above the road into the shade and stacked arms. The Colonel and two other men got into a canoe and started across the stream, and when about two-thirds over, the front end dipped water and the canoe sank. All were good swimmers, and when within about fifteen feet of shore it appears that Col. Kirkpatrick took a cramp, and Col. Blake, seeing that he was sinking, cried out for some men who were in another canoe to hasten to his relief, but none got there until to late. Several of our boys swam across and dove after him, but the water was too deep to find him. He was under water about fifteen minutes, when he was brought up with a hook, but all efforts to resuscitate him were fruitless.”

Company H Weekend at Kennesaw Mt.

Posted in 40th Haversack, Atlanta Campaign with tags , , on June 30, 2014 by 40thindiana


June 27, 2014 marked the 150th anniversary of the bloody assault on Kennesaw Mt. by Wagner’s Brigade. If you happened to visit Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park this past weekend, you were in for a real treat. A group of authentic reenactors chose to recreate Company H, 40th Indiana as their guiding impression to mark the 150th anniversary of the battle. Men traveled form several states to participate as members of the company. If a reader has ever wondered what the Western Federal soldier of the 40th Indiana Reg’t. looked like during the Atlanta Campaign, this image of Company H recreated is spot on.

Standing in this photograph (2nd from the right) is Matthew Rector. Matthew’s great grandfather was Pvt. Jerome Dooley of the original Company H. Jerome enlisted as a recruit in Waveland, IN., December, 1863. Pvt. Dooley served through the Atlanta Campaign and was wounded at the Battle of Franklin, TN.

Unfortunately, My son and I were to attend as members until an unforeseen problem arose. I am truly heartbroken that we could not attend, but I know that Company H was very well represented during the 150th anniversary event.

Thank you to the “Hairy Nation Boys” and other attendees for representing the 40th Indiana Reg’t. as your 150th Kennesaw Mt. impression. Bully for you!”

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.

Pvt. Robert Aitchinson’s Letter Home

Posted in 40th Haversack, Stones River with tags , , on July 22, 2013 by 40thindiana

Pvt. Robert Aitchinson's Letter Home Image of Robert Aitchison

Robert Aitchison, a Scottish weaver, enlisted as a private in company B, 40th Indiana Infantry on Sept. 19, 1861. The 33 year old was living in the Mexico area, Miami County, Indiana. Robert was killed by an artillery shell during the fighting at Stones River, Dec. 31, 1862. Below is what may have been Robert’s last letter home to his wife Sarah.

Camp Near Nashville, Tennessee
Dec. 5,1862

Dear Wife,

As it is snowing this morning, and we can’t go out on drill; thought I would write you a few lines. The(y) had what they call grand review yesterday. General Rosecrans reviewed us himself, he seems to be a good man, at least he has the appearance While he was riding along our lines, he would stop and ask the men how they fared, if they got enough to eat, and if they had drawn overcoats yet. While he was passing me, he pointed down to a mans feet, and said that his shoe would last him about a four days, he passed some pleasant remarks all along the line. I think he will make a better General than Buell did. He is a man about 45 years old, dresses very plain, there are not near as much style about him, as there is about some of his Aide (de) Camp. It is supposed we will make a forward movement before long, if we don’t, the roads will get so bad, it will be almost impassable to get our teams and batteries along. The soil is a kind of clay substance and when it does get muddy, it is very bad.

Sarah, I asked Willard if he had got those things that Uncle Frank expressed to him, he said he did not know that there was anything expressed to him. He had not received any letters from home since the 15th of last month. I would like (if) he would get them as I am about out of socks and can’t get any here.

Sarah, how I would like to be at home now, but there is no sense of thinking about it, and the prospect of getting home, looks to me, to be as far off, as it was when I first enlisted. I will conclude this by sending my respect to all enquiring friends.

Robert, to his wife Sarah Aitchison

(P.S.) Tell Clarance that he must learn to read and write, so as he can write to Pa.

Source: Stone’s River National Battlefield Park; 40th Ind. Regimental Files – Pvt. Robert Aitchison Letter

Sergeant O’Brien’s Recruit’s

Posted in 40th Haversack, Regimental History, Soldier Profile with tags , , , , on January 26, 2011 by 40thindiana

On Thursday, November 26, 1863 an adverstisement was placed  in the ‘Crawfordsville Weekly Journal’ (Montgomery County), by Sergeant Joseph W. O’Brien, of Company H. He had returned home on recruiting duty, trying to replace losses substained in the  1863 Tennessee campaign. He had yet to learn of the great loss in casualties his regiment had just sustained the day before, November 25, on Missionary Ridge. His job as a recruiting officer had just become even more critical for Company H. Sergeant O’Brien would set up a recuiting station in his hometown of Waveland, Indiana.

On Thursday, January 7, 1864, the ‘Crawfordsville Weekly Journal’  ran this article. ”

Serg’t O’Brien’s Recruits

“Our fellow citizen Serg’t Jos. W. O’Brien, since his arrival home, has recruited for the service, principally for his own company, (“H,” 40th Indiana,) the following named persons, who, with but few exceptions, are citizens of Brown Township, this county:

Jerome B. Dooley; 40th, George Rodgers; 40th, Charles Osborn; 40th, Harrison T. Moore; 40th, Hohn Hickman; 40th, John W. Barr; 40th, Thomas Long; 40th, Chancey Smith; 40th, Joseph R. Sharp; 40th, Abner Jarrett; 40th, Samuel E. Shelladay; Company A, 85th Indiana Infantry, Daniel Williams; 126th Indiana Infantry, Joseph Fullinwider; 40th, George Moore; 40th, Joseph Hays; 40th, John A. Reed; 40th, Joseph Belton; 40th, George McIntosh; 40th, William Thompson; 40th, Samuel Eastlack; 40th, Sylvester S. Wolever; 40th, William Batley; 40th, Henry Watts; 40th, Nathaniel McGuire; 9th Indiana Cavalry, Lewis Dorr; 9th Indiana Cavalry, S. T. Whittington; 40th, Andrew J. Hickman; 40th, Aaron Wolever; 40th, William Farris; 40th, Robert Wilson; 40th.

Sergeant O’Brien and his recruit’s would return to the front later in 1864. ‘Company H’ would be up to strength for the start of the long Atlanta Campaign. Battles at Resaca, Kennesaw Mt., Peachtree Creek and Franklin were yet to come. A few of these men would never return home, they would be lost to the horrors of war.

On October 10, 1862, at the age of 33, Joseph Wain O’Brien enlisted  as a recruit in company H, 40th Indiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment  . He was promoted to sergeant on April 1, 1863.  Joseph transferred to Co. C, September 1, 1864 to accept a promotion as 1st lieutenant. On August 15, 1865 Joseph O’Brien was promoted to captain of Company C, 40th Indiana Infantry.  In 1868 after his military years Joseph went west; into the Lumber business with his brother-in-law Hugh McCleery. Joseph was married to Hester Logan, the couple had 2 sons and 1 daughter.  Joesph Wain O’Brien died April 2, 1902 In Oxford, Johnson County, Iowa. 

Thanks to Suezy O’Brien House for the additional information.

A Light Punishment

Posted in 40th Haversack with tags , on March 28, 2008 by 40thindiana


Oelewin (Iowa) Register, December 12,1910

Page 2

“Maj. J.C. Hendricks recently related a little story connected with his army experience. He served as Drum-Major of the Fortieth Indiana, and while they were camped at Murfreesboro, Tenn., Col. Benjamin Harrison being in command, Maj. Hendricks was informed that the Thirty-third Regiment Indiana Volunteers, his former regiment, was camped about a mile from them. Naturally, Hendricks was anxious to see some of the old boys. This was on Sunday afternoon and no passes being issued, Maj. Hendricks concluded to go without a pass. After arriving at the Thirty-third Indiana’s camp he met a great number of old friends, and among them was Lieut.- Col. Henderson, who prevailed upon him to remain till after dress parade. When Col. Harrison saw the drum corps marching without their leader, he began to inquire for the drum-major; he was informed that he had gone to visit his old comrades of the Thirty-third. Col. Harrison directed the boys to inform Hendricks to report at headquarters as soon as he returned, which after being informed, he failed to do. The following morning as Hendricks was going from headquarters, he met Col. Harrison. The Colonel stopped him and asked, “where were you yesterday, sir, during dress parade?” Hendricks replied that he was visiting the boys of his old regiment. The Colonel then asked him whether his pass was not out before his return. Hendricks replied in the affirmative, upon which the Colonel ordered him to report at headquarters after breakfast, saying ” I will attend to you, sir.” Hendricks appeared before the Colonel and made a full explanation of his action, after which the Colonel insisted that he would have to punish him for disobeying orders. Hendricks replied that he was ready for the punishment and asked what it would be, when Col. Harrison ordered him to go and drill his drum corps for an hour and a half, which was his regular duty, and Maj. Hendricks to this day congratulates himself upon only having been punished but one time for disobeying orders during his entire time of enlistment and that was not very severe.”

Thanks to Paul Calloway for this submission!