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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.
HAMMOND | Dozens of men from Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties watched as more than a third of their 73rd Indiana Infantry regiment fell in one of of the bloodiest battles of America's bloodiest war.
HAMMOND | An Indiana Historical Society exhibit charting the evolving principles of freedom in America will be a part of a Northwest Indiana Civil War exhibition set for April at the Indiana Welcome Center.
INDIANAPOLIS | One of the last times the 20th Indiana Infantry visited Indianapolis, near-riots ensued when then-Gov. Oliver Morton failed to deliver on promises of new rifled muskets and blue Union Army uniforms.
VALPARAISO | A century and a half ago this New Year's Day, Valparaiso's Col. Isaac Suman was recovering from Confederate bullet wounds after participating in one of the most storied stands of the Union Army during the Civil War.
CROWN POINT | A century and a half ago, Civil War Sgt. Edwin Sprague died of a sickness that posed perhaps a greater threat to Union soldiers than Confederate bullets.
More than four decades ago, East Chicago Marine Lance Cpl. Emilio De La Garza Jr. used his body to absorb the explosion of an enemy grenade in Vietnam, giving his life to save fellow platoon members.
CROWN POINT | A Civil War re-enactment group that portrays a Lake County Union Army unit is scheduled to occupy the Old Lake County Courthouse lawn this weekend in a living history demonstration.
VALPARAISO | A monument commemorating the site of a Civil War encampment is going to be moved as soon as the city can figure out how to do it.
The Civil War resulted in 620,000 deaths on both sides of the conflict. Until recently, that was the highest total of casualties the United States had suffered in any single conflict.
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