The History of the Company K, 42nd Indiana Volunteers

The History of The 42nd Regiment

Source: History of Evansville and Vanderburg County, Indiana, Vol. 1,  by Frank M. Gilbert.  First published in 1910 and reprinted in 1988 by the Tri-State Genealogical Society.  Page 290.

Of this regiment which was organized October 9th, 1861, Company A was the only one composed entirely of Vanderburg County men. The colonel of this regiment was James G. Jones, a pioneer citizen. Its lieutenant colonel was that great statesman and soldier, Charles Denby, who was promoted to be colonel of the 80th regiment. At that time his position was filled by James M. Shanklin, the oldest son of that beloved pioneer, John Shanklin. Deweitt C. Evans, oldest son of Gen. Robert Evans was adjutant and James L. Orr, now a respected citizen, was quartermaster. Dr. John Mageniss was also surgeon in this regiment. Geo. W. Shanklin was quartermaster sergeant. At the time the regiment was organized, the regimental band of 20 pieces under the leadership of that worthy citizen, C. C. Genung was mustered in with the regiment but at that time the war department issued an order dispensing with bands and that prevented this band from taking a part with the regiment during its career. In this regiment, Captain Jacob W. Messick, won his epaulets as captain, having entered as sergeant. The late Andrew McCutchan and James W. Vickery also served in this regiment.


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