|Birth: ||Oct. 13, 1842|
|Death: ||Dec. 11, 1861|
Residence Miami County IN;
Enlisted on 7/22/1861 as a Private.
On 7/22/1861 he mustered into "A" Co. IN 20th Infantry
He died of disease on 12/11/1861
He was a soldier of the 20th Indiana Volunteers. His regiment was in action on the east coast. He was sick
in the hospital with the measles. They had orders to evacuate. Many of the men were sicker than Jacob who was a stalwart young man, or he thought they were more in need
of help that he was. He got up from his cot and helped to carry his sick comrades to safety. He died shortly from the cold he took that night. His comrades appreciated what
he had done for them so much that they made up a purse of money and bought a metal casket and sent his remains home so that they might rest in Indiana soil.
~The above was written by the DAR in the 1940's.~
The following article appeared in the Chronicle - Tribune 7 June 1990 concerning a Civil War Veteran buried in the Baldwin/Richland Chapel Cemetery.
"CIVIL WAR VETERAN'S GRAVE TO BE RESTORED
By Sheri Conover CT
Converse -- Jacob Sharp carried sick and wounded Civil War soldiers to safety despite his own ailments. He developed pneumonia and died in 1861. He was 19 years
old. The soldiers, grateful for Sharp's heroism, chipped in to buy a metal coffin and sent his body back home to Converse. He was buried in the Baldwin Cemetery. Weeds have overgrown the paths and broken headstones lean against trees, leaving some graves unidentifiable. But thanks to that metal coffin, George Kilmer could find Sharp's grave 128 years later with a metal detector.
"He and his sister are buried side by side. This casket over here is metal. This one is oak," said Kilmer,
The simple gray marble stone reads:
October 13, 1842
December 11, 1861
Co. A Inf. Vol.
Maintained by: Ancestral Sleuth
Originally Created by: Bev
Record added: Jul 28, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15064864