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The William C. Jackson Post No. 332
Grand Army of the Republic, Dale, IN
1884-1925

 

Click here to see original charter of GAR Post # 332

Click here for roster of charter members - April 4, 1884

Click here for roster of members - May 15, 1895


The History of GAR Post # 332

Source: Dale Indiana Sesquicentennial, 1843-1993, by Daryl Lovell and Ellen Winkler Rexing, 1993. Page 217.

Note: Men who served in the 42nd (or think they did) are in blue font (company in which served was inserted by 42nd web author).

The post was organized in 1884, with C. W. Medcalf (Captain, Co. B) as the first commander. The post was named the William C. Jackson (Corporal, Co. B, killed at Perryville, Ky., Oct. 8 1862 while raising the flag of regiment in front of the enemy) Post, 332 with William Schwartz (Private, Co. H), Commander and W.B. Musgrave (Private, Co. B), Adjutant. The members of the post in 1888, were W.B. Musgrave (Private, Co. B), John Elliott, Wesley Brown, Charles Jones, Frank Herrich, Michael Heichelbech, William Jones (?Co. C, promoted to 1st Lieutenant), Silas D. Kemp, William Schwartz (Private, Co. H), and James Medcalf. On January 20, 1925, the W.C. Jackson Post disbanded because of too few members. Members at the time of disbanding were John Schaaf, Wm. Whitten, Elijiah Whitten, Daniel S. Thompson, Patrick Doyle, Jacob Weller, George W. Wilsman (Private, Co. H), and James A. Medcalf.

Another History of GAR Post # 332

Source: History of Warrick, Spencer, Perry Counties, Indiana.  Goodspeed Bros. & Co. Publishers, 1885.  pp  360-361

Note: The text in brackets was inserted by the 42nd web author for clarity.

In the spring of 1884 William C. Jackson Post, No. 332, G.A.R. was organized at Dale with the following first officers: C. W. Medcalf, P. C.; William Schwartz, S. V. C.; Samuel F. Johnson, J. V. C.; Wesley Brown, O. of D.; M. Heichelbech, Q. M. ; James Farrow, Adj't; T. J. Johnson, Surgeon; Lawrence Ofer, S. M.  The Lodge was named for a soldier from the county who was killed at Perryville (William C. Jackson, Corpl., Co. B, was killed at the battle of Perryville, KY "while raising the flag of regiment in front of the enemy."  The source of this information is the Indiana State Archives Civil War Enrollment Card Microfilm.  William C. Jackson was from Fulda, Indiana).  It has been prosperous and now has a membership of thirty-five.  The present officers are Charles Jones, P. C.; W. B. Musgrave, S. V. C.; William Schwartz, J. V. C; Fielding Summers, O. D.; Frank Heirich, O. G.; Michael Heichelbech, Q. M.; Capt. Walters, Adj't; Dr. T. J. Johnson, Surgeon; James Medcalf, S. M.  The lodge meets twice a month in the public school building.


According to the Indiana State Archives, Post # 332 disbanded in 1891 and  reorganized in 1895.  The post was permanently disbanded in late 1925 or early 1926.  See the letter from the last Post Commander, John Schaaf,  below (Source: Indiana State Archives, Commission on Public Records).

                                    Dale, Indiana    Jan. 22, 1926

My Dear Comrade A. J. Ball,

Enclosed find receipt of the principal of Dale School, they where glad to take those books, we had no more charter for many years.  I sent the Ritual and Service Books, by Parcel Post, our flag we turned over to the World War Veterans.  That was about all that was worth anything.  It was impossible to continue any longer, no one else would be coming (? hard to read) and I can't see hardly anything and can't get no glasses to do me any good and my hearing is so bad that I don't understand anything, and now my companion died at 79 years, we were married 69 years and 4 months

                                Yours in Friendship, Charity,
                                and Loyalty, John Schaaf
                                                Post Com. of
                                W. C. Jackson Post, No. 332 GAR

 

Note: The last surviving member of the William C. Jackson Post was George W. Wilsman.  He died on August 16, 1940.  George also might have been the last Civil War soldier to be laid to rest in Spencer County, Indiana.  His grave is located in the Campground Cemetery (also known as the Santa Claus German Methodist Cemetery) in Santa Claus, Indiana.  See also The George Wilsman Biography Page



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Members of the G.A.R. (William C. Jackson Post, # 332?) Dale, IN. Photo taken circa 1895(?). Caption reads: Members of the G.A.R. in front of the brick stores on the west side of Washington Street.

Source: Dale Indiana Sesquicentennial, 1843-1993, by Daryl Lovell and Ellen Winkler Rexing, 1993. Page 216.

CAN ANYONE IDENTIFY THESE MEN IN THE PICTURE ABOVE!



Members of the Dale GAR Post No. 332 at the Dale Cemetery, Circa 1895?
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Image courtesy of Daryl Lovell from the O. V. Brown Collection


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Picture of the first touring car in Dale and members of the
Grand Army of the Republic

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Civil War Veterans, Dale IN, May 30,1911.

Caption Reads: Civil War veteran at the corner of Main and Medcalf streets. The Dale State Bank (Now Brooner Printing) is in the background. The picture was taken May 30, 1911, before their march to the cemetery. Front L to R: Alexander Mills, William Wood, Michael Heichelbech, Elijah Whitten, Wesley Brown, Ed Stone, and John Schaaf. Back: Ham Cooper, John Ellis (?Co. G), Dan Tompson, James Medcalf, and James Whitten. Flower girls are riding in the car. Flower girls marched along the graves where they would scatter flowers.

Source: Dale Indiana Sesquicentennial, 1843-1993, by Daryl Lovell and Ellen Winkler Rexing, 1993. Page 338.


Envelope cover in celebration of the State of Indiana Sesquicentennial, 1966



Members of the Dale GAR Post No. 332 at the Dale Cemetery, Sometime After 1911
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Front L to R: William Wood, Elijah Whitten, John Schaaf, Alexander Mills.  Back L to R:
James Whitten, Wesley Brown, Michael Heichelbech, John Ellis, Ed Stone, Dan Thompson, James Medcalf 

Image courtesy of Daryl Lovell from the O. V. Brown Collection 

 

 

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