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Officers of Company G - 93rd Indiana Infantry

Updated on June 08, 2015
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Researching the Officers of Company G

My great-great-grandfather joined the 93rd Indiana Infantry, Company G during the American Civil War. I was curious about the officers that he served under and applied my librarian skills to researching the topic. The information below is what I was able to find.

Eventually I hope to have enough about Abraham Bates Tower and his Civil War experience to write a book about his life. This and other web pages here document my discoveries.

Photo of Unknown Union Officer 1860s. by Photoblog

Captain Jerome Spilman - Top Officer in Company G, 93rd Indiana Infantry

Jerome Spilman of Canuelton raised the volunteers for Company G in Southern Indiana. He became the captain of the company. He was commissioned 28 August 1862 and the date of muster was 28 September 1862. The company that he raised, Company G, fought during the Battle of Nashville, and helped in the capture of Mobile. He finished the war with the company and was mustered out at that time.

Before the war, he started a select school in the Lutheran Church in the fall of 1856 according to the HISTORY of WARRICK, SPENCER and PERRY COUNTIES, INDIANA. It was published by Goodspeed Brothers in Chicago 1885, p.711.

He left Indiana to preach in Nebraska where he also was married.

He applied for a government pension for a gun shot wound to his right wrist. He received $20 a month starting on April of 1874 while he was living in Georgia.

History of Warrick, Spencer, and Perry Counties, Indiana - Book available from Amazon

Perry County later became Crawford County.

First Lieutenant Campbell Welch - of Company G, 93rd Indiana Infantry

Campbell Ball Welch, born May 07, 1825. His occupation was listed as "farmer." Here's some info that I found on ancestry.com: Enlisted as a 1st Lieutenant on 28 August 1862.

Commission in Company G, 93rd Infantry Regiment Indiana on 30 Sep 1862.

Received a disability discharge from Company G, 93rd Infantry Regiment Indiana on 12 Dec 1863.

Photo of Narcissus J. Meunier

I found this photo on a site that sells Civil War memorabilia. I've put the link here for you.
I found this photo on a site that sells Civil War memorabilia. I've put the link here for you. | Source

First Lieutenant Narcissus J. Meunier - of Company G, 93rd Indiana Infantry

I'm finding three variations on his last name: Mennier, Menier, and Meunier. Since the gravestones in Leopold, Indiana use Meunier, I feel that is the correct last name.

He was mustered in to Company G in August 1862 with the rank of sergeant. He was captured at the Battle of Brice's Crossroad on 10st day of June 1864. As a prisoner, he was taken to Mobile Alabama, then to the prison at Charleston South Carolina, and Macon Georgia and on to Andersonville Prison in Georgia. This is where my great-great grandfather was captive also.

He had a furlough March 19, 1865 and returned to Leopold suffering from scurvy and bronchitis from his time in prison. After leaving the army, he went to school and became a school teacher.

Here's what I found out from researching on Ancestry.com: He was born March 16, 1839 in Chiny, Luxembourg, Belgium. After the war, he married Mary and they had 4 children (Edward Joseph 1870-1936, Mary Adeline 1872-1964, Arthur Joseph 1874-1933, Narcisse J. 1876-1957).

At age 36, the Civil War veteran died of stomach cancer on March 3, 1876, a few months before his 4th child was born. He is buried in the Saint Augustine cemetery in Leopold, Indiana. His wife remarried and had 5 more children before she died in 1925.

(some of the information is from Belgian Civil War soldiers in Indiana from Rootsweb, the rest is from Ancestry).

There Are a Number of Meunier Graves in the Saint Augustine Cemetery in Leopold, Indiana

This one is Jonathan Meunier who probably is related to Narcissus. Possibly a cousin.
This one is Jonathan Meunier who probably is related to Narcissus. Possibly a cousin. | Source

Examples of What Researchers Can Find in Libraries about Civil War Ancestors - and on Ancestry.com

First Lieutenant Reuben F. Bates - of Company G, the 93rd Indiana Infantry

I've see the first name spelled Reuben and also Ruben. He was born in Indiana.

Reuben Bates' residence when he enlisted was Troy, Indiana. His date of muster was May 2, 1864. He was mustered out August 10, 1865 as 1st Sergeant.

He married Sarah Oxley. The 1900 census shows them married for 44 years with 8 children in the home. Reuben was 66 and Sarah was 40. The youngest child was 8 months old. Reuben's occupation was plasterer.

The census asked the number of years married. Reuben was 44 and Sarah 23, so it would seem that Reuben had an earlier marriage. Sarah is listed as having had 11 children with 10 surviving. Some apparently were grown up and gone from the home.

By the 1910 census, Reuben is 76 and Sarah 50. They have an additional child, Louis, age 8. His occupation is farmer/truck farm and he is working on his "own account." Three of the children and Sarah have the occupation "seat chairs" which I'm guessing means weaving chair seats. A number of the neighbors have the same occupation. Another neighbor is listed as working in a chair factory.

Also in this census, Sarah is listed for 12 children born with only 10 living, so another child of hers has died in the past 10 years.

Reuben Bates died on March 30, 1912 in Birdseye, Indiana.

Books to Help Searching for a Civil War Ancestor - Available from Amazon

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      marsha32 5 years ago

      aaahhh...a history buff!

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I'm fascinated with the information you are able to uncover about those long ago days in history....the Civil War. Someday I hope to do some more ancestral searching and all the resources you've provided will make a good start.

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      How cool that you were able to uncover all these historic treasures.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Wow, you are developing a huge amount of Civil War information. I want to read your book!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      The Civil War is one of my favorite eras to read about...and this really hits me because it's about my state of Indiana. These are terrific lenses on the Civil War, Virginia, and thank you for sharing them.

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      EMangl 5 years ago

      People are only dead when they are forgotten

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      Coreena Jolene 5 years ago

      Great lens! I have been tracing my ancestors too. It is a great journey.

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