Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Family History Writing Challenge - Civil War Hero Part 2

I made a mistake yesterday and said it was my third day, it was actually my fourth.  So if I can count correctly today is my fifth day of the challenge.  I am going to continue my writing from yesterday. The first half of my story of Isaac Manis is posted yesterday here.

Isaac somehow got through the Battle of Shiloh, and all the bloody fighting that went on there.  At some point, he left the 36th Indiana Infantry and moved over to the 30th Indiana Infantry.  The two regiments were at almost all the same battlefields and were in the midst of the same grizzly scenes.  Isaac continued to fight with his union brothers all across rebel territory.  They moved on to battles at Chickamauga, Kenesaw Mountain, 
and the siege of Atlanta leaving rebel soldiers strewn dead along the way.  The left a few of their own on the battlefields and dead in the camps from disease.  They fought large and small battles.  Isaac was able to return home and he mustered out in July 1865.  The Civil War was winding down, General Lee had surrendered at Appomattox Court House.  

Isaac came back to Henry County, he had grown up after those four years on the battlefields.  He had seen lots of death and some horrible crippling injuries.  Now it was time to move on with his life.

He met Lucinda Zornes and on September 27, 1867 they were married in Henry County.  Over the next fews years Isaac settled down as a family man, doing some farming and finding work as a laborer.  Lucinda stayed at home and took  care of the children and the house.  When their last child was born in 1880, that made them a total of six children, 4 girls and 2 boys.  

Life may have handed them a few problems, somewhere in the next few years, Isaac and Lucinda split up.  Lucinda moved into Richmond with the kids and remarried.  Isaac kind of disappeared for quite a few years.  He spent some time in Cincinnati, Ohio and he may have traveled around back through some of the areas where he had fought in his youth.  He may have married again during those years.

When Isaac filed for a Civil War pension on April 13, 1920 he was living in Eaton, Ohio.  Isaac spent the last nine years of his life in Eaton. Isaac surrendered to valvular heart disease at the age of 80.  He had lived a long life and had seen his share of hardship and death.  He is buried with a marker provided by the U. S. Government to honor those men who gave a part of their lives in the fight to keep our country together and allow all men their freedom. He heard the call when Lincoln asked for men to fight and now his fight was over.  

Isaac is buried near in Mound Hill Union Cemetery in Preble County, Ohio. 

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