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12th Indiana Regimental Band

12th Indiana Regimental Band

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12th Indiana Regimental Flag

12th Indiana Regimental Flag

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A Visit to Indiana

A Visit to Indiana

  In early October, 2012, I had the opportunity to visit the Kosciusko/Wabash County area of Indiana for the first...
Why I Love Thee

Why I Love Thee

    A poem written by Charles F. Nelson at Ft. Loomis   Why I Love Thee Dost thou ask me why I love thee Wouldst thou know why thou are dear Wouldst thou have me truly tell thee Listen Mary, thou shalt hear. True it is that...
Notes About the Diary

Notes About the Diary

  The following notes were added at the end of the reprinted diary that was compiled by my relative Franklin Vance Nelson, in 1959:   There are four books of the diary, and only three were used in making this copy. One...
Synopsis of Carolina Campaign

Synopsis of Carolina Campaign

The following text is taken from http://www.mooresvillehistory.com/.  This is a poor website but it does have a good synopsis of Sherman’s Carolina Campaign and the Battle of Bentonville (North Carolina).   The Battle of...
Fire at Columbia S. C.

Fire at Columbia S. C.

[The following is from the fourth book of Charles F. Nelson’s Diary, and it appears that this was written after his return home at the end of the war.] In regard to the fire at Columbia, S. C. Feb 17, 1865 – were met by the...
Oklahoma Son of Union Veteran Dies

Oklahoma Son of Union Veteran Dies

This news is not directly related to the Diary of Charles F. Nelson, but I thought it interesting enough to include here. A news article from Tulsa’s Channel 6 announces the death of John Whitman, one of two remaining sons of Union...
TOCWOC: 150 years ago, November 1862

TOCWOC: 150 years ago, November 186...

For a general overview of the Civil War situation during November, 1862, you may like to read: 150 years ago, November 1862 by James Durney Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new...
TOCWOC: 150 years ago, October 1862

TOCWOC: 150 years ago, October 1862

For a general overview of the Civil War situation during October, 1862, you might like this post from over at TOCWOC: 150 years ago, October 1862 by James Durney Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share...
Julius S. Barlow – Hospital Steward

Julius S. Barlow – Hospital S...

My family is related to another veteran of the Civil War.  Unfortunately, I have very little information about him, other than a newspaper clipping announcing his death: “Julius S. Barlow, Hospital Steward, 10th Illinois Cavalry,...
Regimental Battle Flags

Regimental Battle Flags

  Original battle flags belonging to the 12th Indiana Regiment have been preserved at the Indiana World War Memorial in Indianapolis. Photographs of them were posted online here. Share this:Click...
Angels of Mercy

Angels of Mercy

During the last few days of September and early October 1862,  Charles F. Nelson was among the soldiers, both Union and Confederate, that were being treated at the City Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana.  With his regiment stationed at...
Foreword from CFN’s Diary

Foreword from CFN’s Diary

This is the diary kept by Charles F. Nelson during his service in the United States Army in the Civil War for a period of almost three years.  He entered the service as a volunteer about three weeks before his 38th birthday.  The first...
Charles F. Nelson – 12th Indiana Volunteers

Charles F. Nelson – 12th Indi...

One of my prized possessions is a replica of the diary that my great-great-grandfather Charles F. Nelson kept while in the army during the Civil War.  The diary was self-published by Franklin Vance Nelson, grandson to Charles and first...