Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

July 5, 2012

Wilhoit meets with NARFE


Greensburg Daily News

Greensburg — Chapter 0813 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees met June 19 at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Greensburg for its monthly meeting.  

President Eva Stone opened the meeting by welcoming those present followed by Kay Hineman leading the group with the Pledge of Allegiance and the invocation.  

For the monthly program, Vice President Rita Flack introduced Russell Wilhoit from the Decatur County Historical Society giving a program on some of the Civil War events pertaining to Decatur County. During the Civil War, the area had 12,000 volunteers for the Union Army. Wilhoit noted that many men came from surrounding counties and traveled to Decatur County, as friends enlisted with other friends and family members enlisted with other family members and listed Decatur County as their place of enlistment/residence and, of course, local residents traveling to other areas for enlistment for the same reasons.

The County historian noted the only battle fought in Indiana was near New Albany. The biggest Confederate intrusion into Indiana was Morgan's Raid in the southeastern part of Indiana.  Some of MorganÕs men (scouting parties) got to the southern part of Decatur County with the main group advancing only to near North Vernon. From there, they turned back and went to the Ohio River area and followed the river into Ohio. Their goal was to get to Indianapolis as

there was a Confederate prison located around what is now the state fair grounds area.

Wilhoit has accounts of one of the men in Morgan's army that moved to Greensburg after the war.

He has news accounts of a riot in Greensburg between Union and Confederate sympathizers as there was a political rally and arguments got heated. Shots were fired and a couple people were wounded.

Russell offered many other interesting facts pertaining to the Civil War and Decatur County.

One of Wilhoit's many endeavors is to locate and restore grave sites around Decatur County with many having Civil War connections. NARFE members hope  Wilhoit will pay us a return visit with a program on his searches and restorations and they thanked him for a very entertaining program.

President Stone followed with a business meeting with the secretary's report being read and approved followed by other office and committee reports.

Birthday of Joan Fix was acknowledged.  

Attendance prize was won by Lillian Jones. Guests included Sue Woolman, wife of Steve Woolman, and Diana Leising, wife of Harold Leising.

The next meeting will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 17 at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Greensburg with optional lunch following the meeting.

If you are a retired federal employee or currently an active employee and have an interest in attending the chapter meetings, join NARFE at the next meeting.