Women on the Civil War home front spent the war years occupied with matters outside the boundaries of what was then considered “women’s work”.
During the Civil War, Indiana Republicans continually worried that many Hoosier Democrats were conspiring with the South to overthrow the state government.
Those who waited on the Indiana home front during the Civil War lived in anticipation of news of the great battles and for the rolls of the dead.
Few claims were paid for the property confiscated by Union troops in pursuit of Morgan's Confederate raiders since the federal government required receipts.
The short-lived "Fort Wayne Standard" suggests that Indiana, despite its mostly conservative political leanings, was also home to more radical political views.
As soon as Governor Oliver P. Morton issued the first call for volunteers, 19-year-old Louis Bir was “very anxious to Inlist” for the Union cause.
Historians concur that there were many Southern sympathizers in Indiana. Whether they were plotting the violent overthrow of the state government is unclear.
In the summer of 1863, a young woman wrote her cousin about the "visit paid to the citizens of Corydon and vicinity by Morgan and his herd of horse thieves.”
Morgan's Raid was one of the few Civil War battles fought in the North, and remains the last battle to have been fought within Indiana borders.
A family graveyard in the northwest corner of Monroe County, Indiana serves as the final resting place for two veterans of the American Revolution. While their legacy endures, their physical presence would almost certainly have been overshadowed by that of a Civil War soldier also buried in the Buskirk/Abel/Wampler cemetery. David Van Buskirk, better known as “Big Dave” or the “Big Lieutenant,” was reportedly the tallest man in the Union Army.