Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

News

February 20, 2013

Historical gun on display

Morris to identify artifacts

Greensburg — A rifle which holds a special connection to Decatur County is currently available for viewing at the Decatur County Historical Museum.

Also upcoming at the Historical Society is Archaeology Day.

Ben Morris, retired archaeologist and renowned Native American artifact buff, will be at the Historical Society from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday Feb. 23.

Morris will be available to look at visitor’s Native American artifacts to share information about the items. He will not be appraising the artifacts’ worth, nor making a formal presentation; rather he will be hosting a colloquium — an exchange of information.

The following information regarding the rifle was contributed by museum director, Dustin White.

“Spencer rifles have a special connection to Decatur County through Civil War Brevet Brigadier General, John T. Wilder, a one time resident of Greensburg.

General Wilder was an accomplished businessman in Greensburg, having operated a foundry and millwright business in town before serving in the Union Army.

In 1863, Wilder petitioned hard to get the men under his command armed with the technologically superior Spencer Repeating Rifles, which allowed his men to achieve a higher rate of firepower than their opponents.

These advanced armaments in the hands of Wilder’s mounted infantry earned his men the title of ‘Lightning Brigade,’ whose heroics played a key role in several major encounters, including The Battle of Hoover’s Gap and the Battle of Chickamauga.”

The rifle is on temporary loan from historian Phillip Jackson, Jr., and will be available for viewing for several months.

Contact: Tess Rowing 812-663-3111 x7004

 

1
Text Only
News
  • Cougar boys win Charger Invitational The South Decatur boys track and field team captured the Charger Invitational win Thursday afternoon at North Decatur. The North track and field program hosted South, Milan, Knightstown, Tri High and Waldron. The South boys scored 141 points, well ah

    April 23, 2014

  • Decatur County Events Calendar Local clubs, service groups, fraternal organizations and others are encouraged to send their Coming Events information to the Daily News at news@greensburgdailynews.com or Daily News, PO Box 106, Greensburg, IN 47240. April 24 1:30 to 3 p.m. - Croche

    April 23, 2014

  • AT A GLANCE... Obituaries: Lawrence E. Schroeder, 94 Edith May Aulbach, 99 Thank you! The Daily News thanks the following subscribers for their continued readership: Jerry Downey-Greensburg Ruth Hamilton-Greensburg decatur county events calendar Local clubs, se

    April 23, 2014

  • nws-gb042314-community garden Community garden readying for second growing season GREENSBURG - In yet another sign that spring is (finally) here to stay, work has begun on preparing the community garden project on Scoby Street for its sophomore growing season. Begun last year as a combined effort of Rotary International, the Green

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • More jobs: unemployment at 5.7 percent Decatur County's employers added nearly 1,200 jobs in the last year and pushed the local unemployment rate near a post-recession low. The unemployment rate in March was 5.7 percent, down from 8.1 percent a year earlier, according to preliminary data

    April 23, 2014

  • nws-gb042314-new directions ndhs - pic New Directions presents program at SDHS GREENSBURG -- On Monday afternoon, New Directions Domestic Abuse Services Center presented its Teen Dating Respect Program to the eighth-grade Health class of Kristine Gross at South Decatur Jr./Sr. High School (SDHS). New Directions victim's advocat

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Deputy stops rolling meth lab after driver speeds, weaves on State Road 3 GREENSBURG -- A speeding and weaving vehicle led a sheriff's deputy to a rolling methamphetamine lab and the arrest of a 31-year-old Greensburg man with prior drug offenses. According to court documents, the initially routine traffic stop Tuesday eve

    April 23, 2014

  • nws-gb042314-kyler rotarian gas - pic NG station opening in Greensburg GREENSBURG -- On July 7, Greensburg will join a growing list of Indiana cities that are installing public natural-gas fueling stations, that will be located near the Honda Manufacturing facility. That station will be built by CNG Fuel, Inc. On Monday

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws-gb042314-earth day photo 1 Students reuse, recycle, clean for Earth Day To celebrate Earth Day, Greensburg Junior High School students picked up trash, repurposed keys by using them in wind chimes, recycled plastic bottles and aluminum cans and built compost piles. Bailey Springmeyer, 11, urged her softball teammates to

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • nws-gb042214-intimidation mug shot BB gun leads to arrest on felony charge An 18-year-old Greensburg resident has been arrested on suspicion that he used a BB gun to threaten a 14-year-old boy who was on his way home from playing basketball at a church. Jeffrey W. Green, of 234 W. North St., was being held without bond at D

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo