G.A.R. Post: HALLER CITY POST # 86 ARLINGTON, WA
11th INDIANNA VOLUNTER INFANTRY
Organized: 4/22/61 Indianapolis, IN
Mustered Out: 8/12/61 Indianapolis, IN
72nd INDIANNA VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
Organized: 8/62 Lafayett, IN
Mustered In: 8/16/62
Discharged: 6/26/65 Nashville, TN
REGIMENTAL History: (11th)
The 11th, a “3 month” regiment, was organized and mustered in at Indianapolis, IN. during April, 1861. In early May the unit was transferred to Evansville, IN. for blockade duty along the Ohio River. A month later it was moving into Virginia. On 6/37 thirteen of the 11th‘s mounted scouts attacked 41 of the enemy along the Potomac and, after killing 8, routed the group. In 7/61 the 11th moved to what is now Martinsburg, W.VA and thence to Bunker Hill and Harper’s Ferry, VA. The unit then returned to Indianapolis where, on 8/2/61, it was disbanded. From an original strength 781, the 11th had suffered 2 dead and 1 desertions.
REGIMENTAL HISTORY: (72nd)
The 72nd, a 3 year unit, was organize at Lafayette, IN and mustered in on 8/12/62. It immediately departed for the state of Kentucky where it remained until moving into Tennessee in early ’62. There the 72nd became mounted infantry sustaining heavy losses at the battle of Hoover’s Gap. It was also present at Chickamauga, GA. Following movements to AL and TN. the 72nd joined Sherman’s Georgia campaign during which it was constantly engaged until the fall of Atlanta in late ’64. The unit next assisted in the capture of Selma and Montgomery, AL before doing the same with Columbus and Macon, GA. After the fall of Richmond elements of the 72nd were sent to intercept fleeing Confederate President Jefferson Davis before the regiment was mustered out of service.
Residence: Montgomery Co., IN Age: 25.8
Enlisted on: 4/19/61 Ladoga, IN Rank: Pvt.
Mustered In: 4/22/61
Highest Rank: 2nd Lieut. 2/2/63
Residence: Not listed Age: 26.11
Enlisted: 7/15/62 Crawfordville, IN Rank: Pvt.
Highest Rank: 1st Lieut.
Robert Maxwell was born 8/4/36 in Port Jefferson, Ohio. He later moved to Montgomery Co., IN. where, on 10/31/58 he married Mary Spratt. The couple bore three children: Belle Barr Maxwell (8/13/59), L.B. Maxwell (6/11/61), and W.F. Maxwell (8/20/65).
In 1861 the 5’8” farmer began his first term of military duty. That completed, in 1862, the now father of two, re entered the U.S. Army.
After the rebellion the Maxwell’s resided in IN, then moved through MN and the Dakota Terr. Before, in 1890, settling in the Puget Sound region of Washington Terr. Mr. Maxwell died 10/26/08 at his home in Trafton. Cause of death was “apoplexy” or what would today be termed “stroke.” He was 78.2 years of age.
Buried at Snohomish G.A.R.
Mary K. George
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