By John Kimmel
In doing research in some of the cemeteries of Crawford County, I was amazed at the number of Civil War soldiers that are buried in the cemeteries here. In reading the obituaries of some of them, they were really heroic in the giving of their time and their lives in the time of war.
One soldier in particular that caught my attention was William Paris Allsman who is buried in the Cross Roads Cemetery. William was born February 12 1831 and died August 14 1892. William was born in Sullivan County Indiana. He was the eighth child in a family of fourteen children. His parent's were Aaron and Elizabeth Louge Allsman.
William was a private in the 35th Regiment Illinois Infantry, from July 3 1861 to September 27 1864. The regiment marched 3056 miles. Can you imagine walking that many miles and at the same time fighting the enemy? Williams's regiment fought in the battle at Pea Ridge in Arkansas where the Union forces effectively ended southern hopes of taking Missouri This took place in the spring of 1862.
He was then in the battle at Cormith. The next battle was Perryville, this was on October 8 1862 at Perryville Kentucky. Then the battle of Stone's River. On December 30 1862, Union forces camped along Stone's River a mile northwest of Murfreesboro Tennessee. The two armies spent the night only a few hundreds yards apart, their bands competing with one another, alternating northern and southern tunes. Then one band struck up 'Home. Sweet Home" another joined in, and then another, unit 78,000 men were singing it together in the icy darkness. The next day the Confederates attack at dawn. The fighting was some of the fiercest of the war.
In June 1863 William took part in the battle of Chicamauga Creek out of Chattanooga Tennessee. The furious two day battle fought there cost 4.000 lives and 35.000 casualties in all. Lincolns sorrow at the Unions defeat was intensified by the death of his wife's brother-in-law. On June 27 thirteen thousand Union men stormed the Confederates on Kennesaw Mountain and failed. William Allisman was there. He was also at the battle of Missionary Ridge and Rock Face Ridge. He was also at the battle of Atlanta which took place between July 20 to the 28 1864.
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The next soldier that caught my attention was Abraham I Canary who is buried in Kinder Cemetery in Cuba. He was born May7 1842 in Kentucky. He left Kentucky when a small boy and went to Franklin Indiana. He enlisted in Company F 7th Indiana Infantry September 2 1861 and served until April 4 1865. Mr. Canary was wounded at the battle of the Wilderness and taken prisoner on May6 1864. He was imprisoned until February 27 1865. Many months of his imprisonment were spent in the infamous Andersonville Prison in Georgia.
Andersonville Prison was a prison camp for the northern soldiers in the south. There was no shelter .no water, and very little food. A prisoner was really lucky to have survives the treatment at Andersonville. If you are interested in the history of Andersonville MacKinlav Kantor has written a book titled "Andersonville."
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