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Federal (USV)


Theodore M. Nance

(1844 - 1921)

Home State: Indiana

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 27th Indiana Infantry

Before Antietam

A 17 year old farmer in Edinburg, he mustered as Private, Company I, 27th Indiana Infantry on 12 September 1861.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the throat in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862. First Sergeant Holloway later wrote:

I picked a piece of collar button out of his [Nance's] neck & told him if it had come one-half inch closer he would have been a dead man. It cut the skin & bruised his throat, mashed the collar button. He was standing sideways loading his musket when the ball struck him.

The rest of the War

He was again wounded, slightly, in the knee at Gettysburg, PA on 3 July 1863. He reenlisted on 24 January 1864 and transferred to Company H, 70th Indiana Infantry on 4 November 1864 in Atlanta. He was consolidated into Company C, 33rd Indiana Infantry in Washington, DC on 6 June 1865 and mustered out with them on 21 July.

After the War

By 1865 he was in the saloon business in Tipton, IN. He was later also in the undertaking and furniture businesses, as Young & Nance. By 1883 he owned two homes, two farms, and the business building in town.

References & notes

Service from Brown, 1 who has him as Thaddeus M. Nance, and the Historical Data Systems database. The quote above from Nance's Pension Record, published by Jones.2 Personal details from Blanchard's Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana; Historical and Biographical (1883). His gravesite is on Findagrave.


1844; Franklin, IN


01/09/1921; Tipton, IN; burial in Fairview Cemetery, Tipton, IN


1   Brown, Edmund Randolph, The Twenty-Seventh Indiana Volunteer Infantry in the War of the Rebellion, Monticello, IN: E.R. Brown, 1899, pg. 619  [AotW citation 18789]

2   Jones, Wilbur D., Jr., Giants in the Cornfield: the 27th Indiana Infantry, Shippenburg (Pa.): White Mane Publishers, 1997, pg. 13  [AotW citation 18825]