This Day in Dayton, 17 February

In February 1865, the 150th Indiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment was raised to serve for one year. Several local men were in Company B: Oliver Perry Bull, David Haggerty, Monford and Thomas Paul, Eli Peter, Philip Rizer, and William Hershey. Frederick Widmer of West Lafayette (a native of Switzerland who would move to Dayton in 1890) served in Company K. The unit was stationed at Winchester, Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley. Perhaps these men were on hand when Sheridan fought a series of battles against Confederate cavalry under Jubal Early and burned the valley in order to cut off supplies from Lee’s army. Although created in the last months of the war, the unit was not without casualties. David Haggerty died in service.

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