Sunday, August 15, 2010

Hezekiah Axsom in the Civil War

by Norma Zanetti

son of Samuel David Axsom
Hezekiah married Mary A Hillenburg 15April1854 Lawrence County IN. in 1860 they resided in Johnson Twp., Brown Co., IN. he enlisted in Company G, 31st Regiment, Indiana Infantry 05Septber1861 in Terre Haute , Vigo Co., IN. mustered in 20Sept.1861. described as age 30, 5'10" fair hair & complexion, blue eyes, born in Surry Co, NC. occupation farmer. The Company Muster Roll for Sept-Oct1861 noted Hezekiah sick & in hospital in Henderson, KY. roll for Jan & Feb1862 noted Hezekiah had been sent to the hospital in Evansville, IN 14Jan1862. By March,1862 counted as present on Muster Roll. remained present throughout 1862 and 1863. wounded in the shoulder 19 or 20Sept1863 during the Battle of Chickamauga (GA). a record of "Returns" included with Hezekiah's military records show that Hezekiah was transferred back to the 31st in Ooltawah, TN 01April1864. From May through August 1864 Hezekiah was detailed to guard the Division ammunition train. Hezekiah was mustered out of service on 15Sept1864 due to expiration of his term of service(3 years). The Muster Roll dated 15Sept1864 at Chattanooga, TN noted that the amount for clothing in kind or money advanced was $18.83, bounty paid, $0.00, due, $100.00. Transportation and subsistence was furnished to Nashville, TN. after being mustered out, Hezekiah returned to Brown Co, IN where he returned to farming. by 1900 Hezekiah & Mary were living in Bloomington, Monroe Co, IN. sometime after 1900 Mary entered the Soldiers' and Sailors' Home in Lafayette, Tippecanoe Co, IN. Mary died at the Home on 25Sept1908. Hezekiah was living in Jackson County, IN in 1910 but was a resident of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Home by 1920. Hezekiah died at the Home on 03Aug1921 at the age of 89.

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