Carpenter Harding: At one point the military stated that he deserted. However in 1914 they examined the rolls and found that he was not guilty of desertion. That is a point I need to stress to clear his name of the monstrous mistake that the military made on this issue.
JHH states in one document that Carpenter was a Regimental Col in the Mexican War; And before the Civil War he was in the Indiana Militia. Then Served in the 22nd Indiana Volunteers & 13th Independent Indiana Light Artillery in the Civil War died May 5, 1884.
Residence: Bartholomew County, Indiana Occupation: Service Record: Enlisted as a Corporal on 15 August 1861 Enlisted in Company E, 22nd Infantry Regiment Indiana on 15 August 1861 Deserted on 30 November 1861 Sources: Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana. (INRoster) Published in 1865-66 by Holloway Residence: Reddington, Indiana Occupation: Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 19 April 1862 Enlisted in 13th Light Artillery Regiment Indiana on 19 April 1862 Mustered out on 10 July 1865 in Indianapolis, IN Sources: Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana. (INRoster) Published in 1865-66 by Holloway
Disproving the Desertion Charge read below:
WAR DEPARTMENT, THE ADJUTANT GENERAL`S OFFICE. Returned to Commissioner of Pensions. Carpenter Harding, Co E, 22 Reg`t Inda Inf age 45 [rest blank] was enrolled July 10, 1861 and deserted Oct. 15, 1861 and enl Mar. 25, 62 in the 13 Indpt Batty Inda. L. Arty in & From M. L (?) to desertion, he held the rank of Corpl. and the rolls on file for that period do not show him absent & violation of the 22 (now 50th) article of War.
[stamped] US PENSION OFFICE FEB 13 1914 [stamped cannot read, too light]
Geo Andrews The Adjutant General. Washington, D. C., FEB 12 1914 (Commissioner of Pensions.) Form No. 119-1-A.G.) 3--2605 Ed. Feb. 14-13--20,000.
More on Carpenter HARDING Service record from what I can tell from Military File: I believe in this first company he was in the militia, but not sure. ~~> Company E 22 Reg`t Inda Inf (Stands for Company E 22nd Regiment Ind could be Independent or Indiana Infantry. He was 45 when enrolled on July 10, 1861 and deserted Oct. 15, 1861 and enrolled March 25, 1862 in the 13 Indpt Battery Indiana Light Artillery at Indianapolis, Indiana. John Henry his son, states that he was a Lt Col in a War in Texas. (Can`t find proof yet) Then a Corporal with the 22nd and busted to a Private in the 13th Independent Battery Indiana Light Artillery.
He lost his mind during the Civil War and was sent home on furlough at several times. I believe that this might be the time that he was sent home to recover, he stayed home in Bartholomew, Indiana, and returned to war several months later. He was transferred to the 13th Indpd Ind L. A. and there lost his sight and almost all of his hearing from the `roaring of the guns`. He was sent home again, but as all of the soldiers of the 13th suffered from dysentery until the time of his death on May 5, 1884, Cause of death was dysentery or bowel trouble. What a shame.
Carpenter Harding enlisted on the 26 day of March, 1864 in the 13 Battery of Indiana Light Artillery at Indianapolis, Indiana in the Civil War. He died Near Liberty Twp, Dekalb Co, Tenn on 5 May 1884. Carpenter Harding enlisted 4-19-62 mustered out: 7-10-65 Indianapolis, IN residence: Reddington, IN The above were typed from his military file
OH Census, 1790-1890 HARDING, CARPENTER State: OH Year: 1840 County: Hamilton County Record Type: Federal Population Schedule Township: Sycamore Township Page: 428 Database: OH 1840 Federal Census Index
1840 United States Federal Census Harding, Carpenter State: OH Year: 1840 County: Hamilton Roll: M704_400 Township: Sycamore Page: 428 Image: 252
American Civil War Soldiers Carpenter Harding Residence: Bartholomew County, Indiana Occupation: Enlist Date: 15 August 1861 State: Indiana
Carpenter Harding Residence: Reddington, Indiana Occupation:
Enlist Date: 19 April 1862 State: Indiana
Civil War Pension Index Carpenter Harding Images Online #: 4082 State Filed: Tennessee
Widow: Narsissa Harding Relative: Minor: Mattie H. Boyle, et al Children
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