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Captain Milton Peden 36th and 147th Indiana Volunteer Infantry

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Sixth plate melainotype identified as captain and later colonel, Milton Peden of Knightstown, Indiana. When the 36th Indiana infantry was organized in 1861, Milton immediately resigned his position as Justice of the Peace and mustered as a 1st lieutenant with Company K of the 36th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. Serving with the 36th he would take part in the Battle of Shiloh, Chickamauga, and Stones River and a slew of others serving in the Army of the Ohio and the Army of the Cumberland. A promotion to captain would come in late April, 1862. At some point he would be wounded in the right thigh, however I could not locate any information as to the severity of the wound or when it was received. He would be mustered out of service in September, 1864 and would return to Indiana where he would be elected to the Indiana State Senate. Under the urgence of the Indiana Governor, Milton was compelled to resign his senate seat and take a commission as colonel of the 147th Indiana Volunteer Infantry in March, 1865. The regiment would be engaged in guard and garrison duty until their discharge in August, 1865. This view dates to Milton’s time serving as captain of the 36th. A McDowell pattern cap is worn while his officers sword rests in his lap. Beautiful red tinting to the sash. Very nice image, housed in a full leatherette case.

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