HANCOCK COUNTY, INDIANA
Three times since the organization of the county have our citizens
heard the Nation's call to arms. Each time the people have responded
The first call was made at the outbreak of the Mexican War in 1846.
Company D. Fifth regiment, Indiana volunteers, was organized in Hancock
county under James K. Bracken. The company was mustered in October 8,
1847, to serve during the war. The Fifth regiment was under the command
of Col. James H. Lane, and served with General Scott until July 28,
1848, when it was mustered out.
The company organized at Greenfield was composed of the following men,
as nearly as can be ascertained: James R. Bracken, captain; Andrew M.
Patterson, first lieutenant; James Hamilton, second lieutenant; Hugh J.
Kelly, third lieutenant; Micajah Francis, first sergeant; Henry Ramsey,
second sergeant; Isaac Tamplin, third sergeant; Lewis T. Osborn,
corporal; Robert Walker, corporal; Robert Smith, Corporal; Henry
Galloway, musician. Privates—Joseph Anderson. Ezra Conoway, Robert H.
Caldwell, William H. Chapman. Sylvester Childers, John Chapman, John L.
Liming, William Black, Moses B. Cook, Burt W. Jackson, Jared Arnold,
Jacob Cohee, John Childers, Alexander Andis, William R. Gaston, James
H. Carr. William Daily. Alexander Cook, Samuel Chapman, Richard
Lindsey, Joseph Chap-man, Cicero Chapman, Solomon Kauble, William
Banks, Harvey Carr, Alfred Denny, Robert P. Andis, Daniel Goodwin, Noah
Carr, Miles Elsbury, Isaac N. Ferree, John Furgason, James Gray,
Templeton Hatfield, James Hubble. William Jordon, Thomas LineDack. Eli
Marsh, Jefferson Nugen. James Reed, Jesse Shoate, Hiram Tyner, Hugh
McClellan, Edward Pierson, John L. Scott, Andrew Flowers, Henry
Galloway, James Goble, James Huntington, George W. Johnston, ___
Jameson, Samuel Liming, Thomas Maston, John Probasco, Robert Romack,
George Street, Henry Martin, Adams L. Ogg, Howard Richardson, Robert
Smith. Washington Flowers, Henry Goodwin, Jeremiah Hendren, William
Jones, William K. Jacobs, James Kinghan. Rigby Marsh, James Montgomery,
James Parks, Newton Scott, George Tooley, William Mitchell, Andrew
Pauley, ___ Russell, George W. Swain. John Tryon. Matthew L. Paullus.
Little can be said of the experiences of these men at the front. The
following letter preserved by the writer's people and published in the
Hancock Democrat on June 21, 1877. gives us just a glimpse of what they
saw and experienced: .
"Jalpa, Mexico. December 3, 1847.
"My Dear Wife and Children:
''Again I am placed in my tent, very tired, but cheerful and happy as
ever I was in my life, and I suppose that I need not say that I hope
that these few lines may find you enjoying the same state of health, as
I do think you will be ready to acknowledge and believe that my very
soul has always been wrapped up in the love of my family.
"We have traveled six hard days' march towards the city of Mexico, and
will have some ten or twelve more before we get there, as it is very
laborious moving a large army. The whole country through which we have
passed is hilly, mountainous and rocky, but looks romantic, and in some
places very pretty, as the trees are now covered with blossoms, but
there is but little fruit. There is but little danger here, or indeed
do I think there is but little danger any place in this country, as we
can hear of no army any place in the government. There are a few
guerrillas along the road but dare not appear or show fight. I saw one
who had just been killed and some of the boys say they saw six or eight
more. I was out hunting and saw a few black fellows, but they run like
devils, and I got no shot. There were but two of us, A. Pauley and
myself, but it appears as though one can chase a dozen.
There is still no immediate prospect of peace.
"On the ascent from Vera Cruz to Mexico the climates succeed each
other, as it were by stories, and in our travel we have passed through
every variety of vegetation. The tropical plants are succeeded by the
oak. and the salubrious air of Jalapa replaces the deadly air of Vera
Cruz. The sky is generally cloudless, and but very little rain, and a
succession of hills, seemingly at some day the boundary of lakes are
now the limits of extensive plains or rolling prairies but the rocks or
stones all very near the surface. The country is barren because it is
very dry and stony, but every stream is accompanied with some fertile
land. The snow is in sight on the mountains and contributes much to
cool the air now, as it is cloudy: and it is said to he the coldest day
ever experienced in this country. It would be called cold in our
country in May. The coffee bush grows here. The berries are now ripe,
and is a small red berry, very juicy, and as poisonous as can be.
"The timber is low and crooked. I have seen no tree in the country that
would have made a rail cut. Everything, weed, bush and tree, except the
scrubby oak and orange bush and coffee bush has thorns on.
The thorns resemble the thorn on the honey locust, but they are more
crooked and as thick as they can grow from top to bottom, leaf and all.
On March 27, 1879, a notice, signed by Thomas H. Branham, Robert Smith,
Jerry H. Hendren, Robert P. Andis and Adams L. Ogg, and published in
the local papers, called a meeting of all Mexican War veterans at the
mayor's office at Greenfield for the purpose of organizing an
association of the veterans of that war. The following veterans were
present at the meeting: Adams L. Ogg, John Roberts, Jerry H. Hendren,
Robert P. Andis, Dr. E. W. Pierson, Thomas H. Branham, Louis T. Osborn,
John H. Childs, Alexander Andis and Newton Scott. An organization was
effected with Adams L. Ogg, president, and Thomas H. Branham,
secretary. Although there were but a few of the soldiers left it seems
that this organization was maintained for several years. Annual
meetings of the veterans were held in different parts of the state as
long as any survivors were able to attend. The state encampment was
held at Greenfield in 1904.
There are no longer any members of this company living in Hancock
county. Among its last survivors were Robert Smith, James H. Carr and
Jeremiah Hendren, who departed this life five or six years ago.
Jeremiah Hendren, the last of our Mexican War veterans, died on October
Source: History of Hancock County Indiana by George J. Richman, B.L.