Back-to-school time in Northwest Indiana is a prime opportunity for reflection on that good old-fashioned grit which so thoroughly characterizes our region and the people who built it.
Think you've got it rough, do you? Then you haven't heard about the life of Merrillville's Israel Pierce.
CROWN POINT | A new sound system honoring veterans is arriving just in time to celebrate the life of a Crown Point colonel who fell in battle 150 years ago.
CROWN POINT | The holiday season of 1862 was anything but merry for Sgt. William Foster as he suffered through a bout of typhoid fever.
Though long dead, 12 Civil War veterans -- and two of their wives -- were remembered for their sacrifices by more than 100 people who attended Saturday gravestone dedication ceremonies in Merrillville and Crown Point.
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.
Daniel Underwod | Private | 151st Indiana Volunteers | 1827-1912 | Merrillville Cemetery | Underwood reportedly owned a farm a few miles east of Merrillville before his death.
Samuel White | Private | Company A | 99th Indiana Infantry | 1825-1908 | Merrillville Cemetery | Old newspaper clippings indicate White was born in England in 1825 and moved to the United States in 1840. Eight members of Company A reportedly acted as pallbearers at his Merrillville funeral.
Hiram Barton | Private | Company A | 99th Indiana Regiment | 1839-1922 | Merrillville Cemetery | In addition to the fellow soldiers Barton saw die in the war, his young son died at home while he was away fighting. His account, published in the Lake County Historical Association's History of …
James Frazier | Private | Companies B and H | 20th Indiana Regiment | 1827-1905 | Merrillville Cemetery | James Frazier served in the same company organized by Crown Point native Col. John Wheeler, the namesake of one of Crown Point's middle schools. Frazier survived the war, but Wheeler was…
Ebenezer Saxton Jr. (died in service) | Private | Company I | 153rd Illinois Infantry | 1824-1865 | Merrillville Cemetery (inscription) | Saxton, a Vermont native, moved to Merrillville with his family in 1837 at the age of 12. Though honored with this inscription on a family grave marker a…
Charles A. Knoll | Sergeant | Company K | 11th Illinois Infantry | 1838-1916 | Merrillville Cemetery | Knoll, a native of Canada, was 11 when he moved to Ross township with his father, a farmer. Knoll worked as a farmer until 1864, when he enlisted with Company K. He suffered gunshot wounds …
Ebenezer Saxton, a Vermont native, served with the 153rd Illinois Infantry during the final year of the Civil War. Though buried in Louisville, KY, where he died of illness during his service, Saxton is memorialized on a headstone at Merrillville Cemetery where other family members are buried.
Nehemiah Huntley, Private, Company D, 38th Indiana Infantry, 1836-1896, Merrillville CemeteryHuntley survived the war and returned to Ross Township, where he reportedly lived for many years before moving to the south side of Chicago. At the age of 60, Huntley died in a fire at a building h…
Benjamin Case | Private | Company G | 50th Indiana Infantry | 1829-1918 | Merrillville Cemetery
Solomon Zuvers, Private, Company D, 15th Illinois Infantry, 1822-1898, Merrillville CemeteryZuvers, a farmer, reportedly owned the second-oldest home in Merrillville during his era in the town. Local historical sources indicate Zuvers often trapped, traded and lived among Native American tribes.
Henry Undine | Private | Company H | 51st Ohio Infantry | 1831-1899 | Merrillville Cemetery | Undine's Ohio regiment participated in the Battle of Chickamauga, in which more than 34,000 men were either killed or wounded. After returning home from the war, Undine joined the post-war organizat…
Israel Vanness | Private | Companies B, D and K | 20th Indiana Infantry | Merrillville Cemetery
James D. Merrill (killed in battle) | Private | Company B | 20th Indiana Regiment | 1846-1864 | Merrillville Cemetery | James D. Merrill was the son of Dudley Merrill, one of the founding fathers of Merrillville. He died at the Battle of the Wilderness, a two-day engagement in 1864 that prov…
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