Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Indiana Album Scan-a-Thons

Do you have interesting historic photographs tucked away in shoeboxes and albums? For the Indiana Bicentennial in 2016, Indiana Album Project seeks to borrow, scan, catalog, and share historic photographs from throughout the state.

Two of the scan-a-thons will be held in Beech Grove on Monday, March 16, 2015. From 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. lenders may bring their images to the Elton H. Geshwiller Senior Center at 602 Main Street. In the evening between 4:00 and 8:00 p.m., bring photographs to the Beech Grove Public Library at 1102 Main Street. Reservations are recommended. Contact Tom Wade at or (317) 721-4866 to schedule a time.

Future scan-a-thons include:
  • South Bend, April 18
  • South Whitley, April 30
  • Huntington, May 16

Lenders are encouraged to bring photographs from all eras and locations throughout Indiana. Images desired include photographs, postcards, or illustrations of houses, farms, businesses, schools, churches, bands, organizations, architecture, street scenes, transportation, or interesting people (including portraits of prominent or residents, daguerreotypes or tintypes of early pioneers, people participating in activities, or great snapshots of everyday life). Volunteers help lenders fill out registration forms as scanning technicians make high-resolution digital images. All photographs are immediately returned to the owners. The scans and catalog information will be made available to the students, historians, and the general public via Indiana Memory, a database of the Indiana State Library. Learn how to submit your own scans by contacting Joan Hostetler, Project Director, at (317) 771-4129 or Follow along or help identify mystery photographs on the Indiana Album Facebook page.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Group Seeks Descendants of Soldiers at Salisbury, NC Civil War Prison Camp

Press release received from Historic Salisbury Foundation:

In conjunction with the 150th Anniversary of Stoneman’s Raid on Salisbury and the end of the Civil War, Historic Salisbury Foundation, Rowan Museum and Salisbury Confederate Prison Association will organize an exhibit which explores the people and emotions connected with this part of America’s history.

Salisbury was the location of the only prisoner of war camp in North Carolina during the Civil War. Constructed on 16 acres surrounding a former cotton mill, it was designed to hold 2,500 prisoners, largely comprised of Union Soldiers. Toward the end of the war, over 10,000 men were detained within its stockade. The prison was closed in February 1865, less than two months before Union General George Stoneman occupied the town and destroyed the structures of Salisbury’s prisoner of war camp and arsenal.

“We want this exhibit to create a dialogue about the views and emotions associated with the Salisbury Prison and foster a greater understanding about the interaction between prisoners, guards and civilians during the Civil War – both Union and Confederate, black and white. This is a way for us to better interpret the role and former site of the prison, which developed into the Brooklyn-South Square Neighborhood in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.”

- Brian M. Davis – Historic Salisbury Foundation

“The Salisbury Confederate Prison Association, Inc. has been seeking information about and images of those who were associated with this military prison since the organization chartered in 1999. We set up displays, give lectures and slide presentations, and publish a quarterly newsletter to share our research about the Prison. The SCPA is an outgrowth of the first Salisbury Confederate Prison Symposium, sponsored annually by the Robert F. Hoke Chapter 78 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The Salisbury Confederate Prison Association, Inc. looks forward to working with Historic Salisbury Foundation, Inc. and Rowan Museum on this new project to present images of individuals who guarded or were guarded at this military prison along with one of their descendants.”

- Sue Curtis - Salisbury Confederate Prison Association

The history of some of the final days of the Civil War was experienced here in Salisbury and Rowan County. As the federal troops entered our area fears were evident. General Lee had surrendered at Appomattox Court House just days before. So no one knew exactly what would happen upon Stoneman's arrival. Stoneman's short stay saw fighting, destruction, burning, federal occupation and an attempt to cross the Yadkin which was repulsed by Confederate troops at Ft. York, one of the last Confederate victories of the war. Therefore, the Rowan Museum, Inc. joins together with HSF and the Salisbury Prison Symposium to remember what happened here 150 years ago. The days were challenging for all of those involved. The role of all of our historical groups is to preserve, share and educate our citizens about events that have shaped our county and city. The Rowan Museum, which is housed in three historical buildings which were all here during the raid, will help host the exhibit that will tell the story of these events.

- Terry Holt – Rowan Museum

The exhibit will feature a photo and brief background about each soldier as well as their descendant and present a personal account of what it means to have an ancestor associated with the former prisoner of war camp. Stories will be displayed at the Rowan Museum, Hall House Museum and at other locations throughout Salisbury, in time for the 150th Anniversary of “Stoneman’s Raid” of Salisbury, on April 12, 2015.

Descendants of soldiers with a connection to the Salisbury Civil War Prison are encouraged to contact Historic Salisbury Foundation at 704.636.0103 or by March 15, 2015. [NOTE: You can download a form to fill in about your veteran here.]

Friday, February 27, 2015

Query: Gerald or Noudas Loudenback, WW2, Anderson

                I recently purchased four WW2 letters sent by Gerald E. Loudenback to Mrs. Noudas Loudenback of R. R. #5, Anderson, IN. Gerald was a Navy enlisted man assigned to squadron VR-12 of the Naval Air Transport Service in the Pacific Theater.
            All of the letters were mailed in October of 1944. I would like to give these letters to a family member of the Loudenbacks. Please reply to the below email address.

Ron Darrah
Indianapolis, IN

Query: Alexander Hampton Wagnon, Dublin(?), Indiana

Dear Sir:
            I am writing for information on the new Dublin ferry boat. They built the new one because the old one was destroyed in a storm.
            My mother said that her grandfather Alexander Hampton Wagnon was a pilot on the new ferry around 1901.
            I would like to know what river the ferry ran on (maybe the Little River?) and anything you could tell me about Alexander Wagnon. Thank you very much.

Ellen Center
1912 Fairway Drive
Augusta, GA 30906
(706) 793-5082

[IGS Notes: 1. The town of Dublin in Wayne County is not on any river. 2. Alexander Hampton Wagnon/Wagnor/Wagner does not appear on the 1900 Census of Indiana.]

Query: Nathan Fitzgerald, Fulton County

                I am looking for the death record and burial place for my great-grandfather, Nathan Fitzgerald. He was born in 1824 and died in 1858 in Fulton County, Indiana, in a tragic logging accident. 
                He left a wife, Mary Prince, and four young boys and one unborn boy, who was to be named Nathan L. Fitzgerald. They seemed to be living near Rochester.

Doris Maris