(1844 - 1910)
Home State: Indiana
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 27th Indiana Infantry
He came with his father to a farm in White County, IN in 1850. By then a 17 year old farmer in White County, he mustered as Private, Company F, 27th Indiana Infantry on 12 September 1861.
On the Campaign
He was wounded in the head in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was treated at hospitals in Boonsboro and Frederick, MD to 12 November, then transferred to a hospital in Philadelphia. He returned to duty in December 1862. He was wounded in the right thigh at Chancellorsville, VA on 3 May 1863 and again on duty in August. He was detached on recruiting duty from November into April 1864, but was wounded yet again, in the left hip at Resaca, GA on 15 May 1864. He was back on duty in August and mustered out with his Company on 6 October 1864 at Indianapolis. He had served as Company and Regimental Clerk, dates not given.
After the War
He returned home and was a laborer in a brick yard, taught school, and by 1868 was a railroad station agent and telegrapher. He was elected auditor of White County (1876-1884) and organized (1891) and managed the private Bank of Monticello, which was incorporated as the State Bank in 1895. He was charter member and once Commander of the Tippecanoe Post, Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Monticello. He retired from management of the Bank in 1905, but was still Cashier when he "died suddenly" in April 1910.
References & notes
His service from Brown1 and the Historical Data Systems database. His wound and hospital details from Nelson2 and the Patient List 3 (as H. Van Voorhees). Life details from a biographical sketch in W.H. Hamelle's A Standard History of White County Indiana (1915) and a notice in The Indianapolis News of 16 April 1910. His gravesite is on Findagrave.
02/27/1844; Lucas County, OH
04/16/1910 Monticello, IN; burial in IOOF Riverview Cemetery, Monticello, IN
1 Brown, Edmund Randolph, The Twenty-Seventh Indiana Volunteer Infantry in the War of the Rebellion, Monticello, IN: E.R. Brown, 1899, pg. 601 [AotW citation 18632]
2 Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, pg. 423 [AotW citation 18633]
3 National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <http://www.civilwarmed.org/explore/primary-sources/databases/frederickpatient/>, Source page: patient #297 [AotW citation 18634]