Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Civil War Soldier Thomas PEFLEY

As I mentioned in an earlier post, a find in a library 200 miles away made mention of Civil War soldier Thomas PEFLEY of Wabash County, Indiana.  Thomas is my wife's second great-grandfather.

The book, Ledger of Civil War Appointments and Discharges from the Recorder's Office of Wabash County was compiled by local historian, Ron Woodward.  

PEFLEY, THOMAS  page 33 pvt Co G 21 Heavy Art mustered out 10-2-1861 Ft McHenry Md disability; born Washington Oh age 21 height 5' 9 1/4" light complexion grey eyes brown hair was a farmer.  GAR

My records show Thomas as being born in Preble County, Ohio.  There is a Washington Court House, Ohio, but that is in Fayette County.  Nice to have a physical description, and to learn that he was mustered out due to disability.

The regiment was originally the 21st Regiment of Indiana Infantry, later classified as the 1st Regiment of Heavy Artillery.  It was organized at Indianapolis on July 24, 1861.  It left Indiana a week later for Baltimore, where it stayed until 1863.

Thomas is listed on the roster of soldiers in Company G, as "Thomas Pifley".  His residence is shown as Knox County.  He mustered in on July 24, 1861 and was discharged October 2, 1861 due to disability.

I do not have copies of his Civil War records.  His pension records are not with the NARA, he died in 1935 and I was told they were with the VA.  Will have to follow up on that.

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