HAMMOND | Northwest Indiana Civil War soldiers fought toe-to-toe with one of the premier generals of the Confederate army and rarely get their due credit, a Florida author said Saturday while visiting Hammond.
That was the message of "The Boys from Lake County" author James Keir Baughman during a guest lecture and book signing event at the Region United, Nation Divided: Civil War in the South Shore exhibit at the Indiana Welcome Center.
Baughman's book chronicles the service of the 73rd Indiana Infantry's Company A, a group of Union Army soldiers from Lake County, one of whom was Baughman's great-grandfather.
Baughman told a gathering of about 60 people at his lecture Saturday that the 73rd Indiana participated in special raids in 1863 that put them face to face with Confederate cavalry Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, one of the most famous, feared and effective generals of the Southern states.
"They never get their due — the recognition they deserve — for what they did," Baughman said of the 73rd Indiana, which also had men from Porter and LaPorte counties within its ranks.
During the lecture, Baughman's research partner and friend, retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Nelson Ottenhausen, chronicled various battles involving the 73rd Indiana Infantry, including the Tennessee Battle of Stones River — one of the Civil War's 10 bloodiest.
Baughman signed copies of his book in the Welcome Center exhibit hall following his presentation.