99th Indiana Infantry
"I see beyond the forest the moving banners of a hidden column. Our dead brothers still live for us, and bid us think of life, not death — of life to which in their youth they lent the passion and joy of the spring."
Military volunteerism is one of the proudest traditions permeating region and state history since Indiana's infancy.
Think you've got it rough, do you? Then you haven't heard about the life of Merrillville's Israel Pierce.
The post-war effects of Civil War destruction on human lives is the focus of a short drama created by a region filmmaker and set to debut at an April historical exposition in Hammond.
MERRILLVILLE | Four months into his stay at the most infamous Confederate-run prison camp of the Civil War, Merrillville Pvt. Corydon Pierce wasn't likely feeling very thankful on this day 148 years ago.
LOWELL | A 19-day period in the summer of 1864 marked tragedy for the Lowell family of Stillman and Albert Robbins.
A region historic preservation group has worked since Memorial Day to secure 47 new headstones for Civil War veterans buried in nine cemeteries across Lake and Porter counties.
Cpl. Joseph Sweet's rural Hebron grave sat unmarked -- likely for decades -- with no reminder of the Porter County-based Union Army unit in which he served.
Mable Swisher's uncle helped produce one of the region's most recognizable historical landmarks, but his Crown Point grave marker is literally vanishing into history.
As a child, Alice Smedstad clipped weeds and tall grass away from the headstones of Merrillville Cemetery, wondering about the people buried in the shadow of her father's garden.
A Crown Point colonel leads his regiment -- many of them hometown boys -- in a desperate battle for the future of his country, ultimately paying with his life.
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