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James C. Lacy

James Lacy was born on May 27, 1836, in Muncie, Indiana, to Parker and Mary Turner. On January 10, 1856, James married Miss Phebe Turner in Muncie. By August 1862, James, who worked as a brick maker, and Phebe had three small children at home. Still, James felt the call to arms and enlisted on August 20, 1862, in Company B, 69th Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry. His brother, Wilson, enlisted with him. Only 10 days later, the green recruits of the 69th Indiana were called to immediate service in Kentucky in response to the entrance into that state by the Army of Confederate General E. Kirby Smith. At the ensuing Battle of Richmond, Kentucky, on August 30th, and although they fought bravely, the entire 69th Indiana was captured. They were immediately paroled and sent to parole camp at Indianapolis. Shortly after his parole, James became ill and he returned home to Delaware County, Indiana. Although he eventually returned to his regiment, between the period October 1862 and January 1864, he was reported absent sick at Memphis, Tennessee, Millikens Bend, Louisiana, and Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, Missouri. On January 11, 1864, he was transferred to the Veteran's Reserve Corps. He died March 24, 1864, in Muncie, Indiana. His brother, Wilson Lacy, had died of disease earlier (February 10, 1863) at Young's Point, Louisiana. Another brother, Joseph M. Lacy, also served in the Civil War, first with the 134th Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry (a 100-day regiment) in 1864, and later with the 33rd Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry.

Photograph and information submitted by James C. Lacy's great great great granddaughter, Stephanie Swanson Barker, and her husband, Vince Barker. Stephanie is a member of the Department of Wisconsin's Edward S. Bragg Camp #6, Auxiliary to the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW). Vince is a member of the Department of Wisconsin's Old Abe Camp #8, SUVCW.


James C. and Phebe (Turner) Lacy
(circa Fall 1862)

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