Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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April 9, 2014

Pat Smith: Mistakes needn't be permanent

Continuing last week’s column about Josh Rutherford who is a Decatur County native interested in local history. He’s interested enough, in fact, to have printed a book so that past mistakes can be corrected and on record. Appreciative of the work done by others he said it is a fine resource “and excellent base from which to expand and update the data.”His book, “Fallen Civil War Soldiers of Decatur County, Indiana,” is a valuable source for history buffs and genealogists.

The immediate families of Civil War veterans are no longer living but the respect we show any veteran would certainly include that the information about him or her is accurate to the best of our ability. Josh is quick to say that there might still be mistakes because he isn’t any more infallible than past historians. I appreciate that attitude.

The first mistake he found was that of Private James Wimber that is misspelled as Wimper on the memorial.

Private James Wimber, Greensburg, 37th IND, Co. E, died at Bacon Creek, Ky., and is buried in Mount Moriah Cemetery in Adams Township. He was the second man to die in the 37th from Decatur County (that I found). They were mustered on Oct. 20, 1861 at Lawrenceburg.

Josh’s book has an introduction and resources page. His resources are listed with a website for anyone of us to use on our own computer or at the library. His list include Find-A-Grave, / Family Search (especially the 1860 census), / Ancestry.com, / National Park Service Civil War Database, / Andersonville Prison Records, / Nashville National Cemetery Database, / Indiana Muster Rolls, / History of Decatur County, IN: Its people, Industries and Institutions by Lewis Albert Harding, Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana, Volume VIII, / The Decatur County Library and staff, / My father, Ray Rutherford, for taking pictures of headstones at Nashville National Cemetery and for generally putting up with my Civil War ramblings./ Eric Lowman, for additional information on a number of soldiers./ Countless others who have added additional information, or provided additional resources./ Finally, a virtual cemetery Josh created of those who have known burial locations: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=vcsr&GSvcid=427167. That last one will take you to the Decatur County Dead site. Seven of the resources have a web address for those with access to the Internet.

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