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Ellis Quaintance
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Ellis Quaintance was born 8-2-1842, in Bucyrus, Ohio. With President's Lincoln first call for volunteers at the outbreak of the Civil War, he enlisted in Company C of the 15th Ohio Volunteers. He next served in the 55th Indiana Volunteers with Company H, and then with Company A of the 116th Indiana as a 1st Lieutenant. He was mustered out on March 1, 1984, only to re-enlist in the service as sergeant with Company G of the 135th Indiana Infantry. He completed his service with the 12th Indiana Battery of Light Artillery and was mustered out on July 1, 1865. He received in all, five honorable discharges and a Roll of Honor signed by the President. Ellis then returned to Wea Township, Tippecanoe County, Indiana which had become his home during the war years. Two war-related injuries plagued him the rest of his life. One occurred at Stevenson, Alabama. While aiding in the construction of a fort, he was stricken with severe sunstroke and nervous prostration. Then in April, 1865, while stationed at Fort Negley, Nashville, Tennessee, he was severely injured again. This time, he was assisting in firing a large cannon in celebration of the Surrender of General Lee in Richmond, Virginia. The explosion of the cannon resulted in a concussion causing bleeding from the nose and ears and a loss of hearing. For these two incidents, he was awarded a Civil War Disability Pension.His obituary in the Lafayette Journal & Courier on February 16,1914 states, "He was a man of rugged character, honest and industrious and his pleasing personality won for him a wide circle of friends."He is buried along with other deceased family members in a cement walled family plot of his own construction at Fink Cemetery, Lafayette, Indiana. He also made a life-size likeness of himself in his Civil War uniform which stood above the family plot for many years. In the early 1950's, vandals destroyed the statue. The broken pieces were buried on top of his grave by his grandson, Carl A. Quaintance and his friend, Edward (Mick) May.
- Carla Quaintance Nelson
 Added: Mar. 25, 2008
 
 
 
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