Loyal Legion Vignettes

(1817 North Carolina - ?)
Member of the Indiana Commandery
Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States

Transcribed By
Douglas Niermeyer, Commander-in-Chief
Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States
(March 2004)

MARTIN L. BUNDY was born in North Carolina, November 11, 1817. In 1818, his family removed to Indiana and resided near Richmond. When Henry County was organized, the family moved to a farm near, the present site of New Castle. His education was such as could be acquired in the schools of a new country, supplemented by a year's study in the Miami University at Oxford, Ohio. Leaving the university in 1838, he began the study of law, and in due time was admitted to the bar. In 1848, he was member of the State Legislature which called the convention which framed the existing Constitution of Indiana. He was elected judge of the Common Pleas Court in 1852, and served for eight years. In 1860, he was again chosen a member of the State Legislature which enacted the war measures which greatly aided Governor Morton in organizing the troops to aid in the suppression of the rebellion. In August 1861, he was appointed Paymaster of the Army by President Lincoln, and ordered to report to St. Louis, where General John C. Fremont was then in command. He remained in that department until June 1862, when he was ordered to report for duty in Louisville, KY, where he served until September of the same year, after which he was transferred to Indiana and served as Paymaster at Indianapolis until 1865: he was then ordered to Detroit, Michigan, and remained in that city until the close of the war. He was offered a transfer to the regular service, but declined and was discharged in the spring of 1866, after having been breveted Lieutenant-Co1onel for meritorious service.

The war being over, Colonel Bundy engaged to the banking business which he successfully continued for several years. He was for five years Examiner of the National Banks of Indiana, and was appointed Receiver of several National Banks. He later presented to the Indiana Commandery, Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, a paper on his experience entitled MISSOURI IN 1861.


Bundy, M.L. 1898. MISSOURI IN 1861, War Papers Read before the Commandery of the State of Indiana, Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Volume 1, pp.207-211.

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