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Desertions In Washington County.Military Records.

Author: Cook, C. E., of Indianapolis Publisher: Indianapolis Possible copyright status: NOT_IN_COPYRIGHT Language: English Call number: 31833008286095 Digitizing sponsor: Internet Archive Book contributor: Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center Collection: Allen_county; Americana Notes: Photocopied book. Some text is skewed and faded and may not be legible. Scan factors: 10 Including trustee records, 1853-1884, census, 1913, etc.; Deaths, 1896-1933; and other records
Originally Prepared By Alice Williams.

Transcribed by Shani Bush


In 1861, Jamieson Kincaid (cousin of my mother), enlisted in the Civil War for 100 days. After he served the 100 days, he re-enlistedd for one year--soon tired of army life and deserted. He claimed he deserted because Licoln issued the Proclaimation of Emancipation Jan. 2, 1862. In February he returned to his uncle Jamieson Lee's hom near Ft. Ritner. Kincaid and two cousins, Wilson and Jamieson Lee, had been playing cards on the sunny side of the straw stack near the barn. They had just stopped playing and returned to the house when Louisa Lee saw the three men coming and she didn't see anything about them to distinguish them. They surrounded the house and arrested Kincaid, took him to Mitchell where they put him in an old house and built a fire for him. On the way to Mitchell he told them that he had planned to return to the Union Army nextday and when they started to lock him up in this cabin and leave him, he produced a deck of cards, the same deck he had had in his pocket since that noon day game of cards on the south side of the straw stack.

He told them to get some whiskey passed around time after time, he merely pretended to take a drink each time, while the three officers became groggy. In a few hours the officers were all drunk. As one of the officers had the key to the house Jamieson arose, walked to a window, quietly raised it and leaped out. He spent the rest of the night walking, finally becoming so tired that he crawled into a straw stack and slept until day break. Awaking he was much suprised to find that he was very close to the outskirts of Mitchell. That day he came back to his uncle Jamieson Lee's remaining there three weeks. Later, he went to St. Joseph, Mo. to visit a sister and there obtained a job driving a wagon in a train of wagons go to the Idaho and Washington Territories.

Another soldier: ( The Campbellsburgh Graphic Issue August 8, 1924) says the following Civil War Veterans lived in Campbellsburg: Janes F. Stephenson and Thomas Skeene. Thomas Skeene lived just north of Campbellsburg (where Gene Lessing now lives). He and his wife had driven to town, arriving at his gate, he said: " Old Woman get out and unfasten the gate." No answer. He repeated it the third time. No answer. He looked around to see why she didn't reply. To his dismay he had left her in town. C. H. Wires, a piller in the Campbellsburg Christian Church, a fine Christian gentleman---grandfather of Ellis Cowling, a Christian Church minster. C. H. a photographer.

When Gen. John Morgan with his brigade of confederates crossed the Ohio river at Brandenburg many companies of Home Guards were formed in the towns that seemed to be in Morgan's path. A company of one hundred men were formed in Campbellsburg and were sent northeastward in an effort to head off the rebels. Morgan out travelled all pursurers while crossing Indiana. This compay was returned and discharged with only ten days service.