One of the things that I have discovered as I have journeyed into the past with my family history is that I actually come from a line of patriots from several generations and several different wars. Today’s Military Monday post is about yet another of those patriots, my 2nd Great Grandfather, Isaac Farver. It is jokingly somewhat of a point of contention in my household now that I live in the South, but I am proud to say that Isaac fought for the Union in the Civil War (down here in the South, it’s known as the War of Northern Aggression) as part of Company C, 35th Regiment, Indiana Infantry.
According to Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana, Vol. II 1861-1865 (W.H.H. Terrell, Adjutant General, Indiana, Indianapolis: State Printer, 1865), the 35th Regiment, Indiana Infantry was organized originally as an Irish Regiment and mustered in at Indianapolis on December 11, 1861. The regiment, known as The First Irish, was commanded by Col. John C. Walker. The regiment spent most of the war in the state of Tennessee participating in several engagements including the Battle of Chickmauga, the First and Third Battles of Chattanooga and the Atlanta Campaign.
As you can see from the copy of Isaac’s muster record, he was not an original member of the First Irish. Isaac became part of the Regiment as a drafted replacement on 6 October 1864. By this point, I have to wonder if the unit was still referred to as the First Irish since Isaac and most of his fellow replacements were not Irish Americans. Isaac stayed with the Regiment through the rest of their time in service until the entire Regiment mustered out at Victoria, Texas on 30 September 1865. I spent some time going through the service history of the 35th Regiment and lining that up with Isaac’s enlistment date to compile a rough timeline of what battles he may have seen.
6 Oct 1864 – Isaac Farver is drafted and musters in at Kendalville, Indiana.
Sept 1864 to 3 Nov – 35th Indiana participates in operations against General Hood in Northern Alabama and Georgia
November – December 1864 – Nashville Campaign
24 Nov to 27 Nov 1864 – Battle of Columbia
30 Nov 1864 – 2nd Battle of Franklin
15 Dec to 16 Dec 1864 – Battle of Nashville
17 Dec to 28 Dec 1864 – 35th Regiment helps pursue General Hood to the Tennessee River
January 1865 to March 1865 – 35th Regiment is stationed in Huntsville, AL
15 March to 22 Apr 1865 – 35th moves into eastern Tennessee and conducts operations
In late April, the 35th was sent to Nashville where they remained until June when they were sent further south. The regiment arrived in New Orleans on 16 June 1865.
July 1865 – Ordered to Texas
July 1865 to 30 Sept 1865 – Duty in and around Victoria, Texas.
30 Sept 1865 – 35th Regiment Indiana Infantry is mustered out at Victoria, Texas.
I have a great deal more research to do on Isaac’s service in the Civil War. My hope and desire is to dig into the detailed history of the battles in Tennessee in late 1864 and look for mentions of the 35th Regiment or maybe even Company C (since he was only a Private, I don’t hold much hope of finding mentions of him specifically) as well as find further original documentation of what my Great Great Grandfather may have seen or done during that year that he spent fighting in the Civil War.