RISHEL, John Ephraim
b. March 22, 1845 Hamilton, Indiana
d. March 4, 1940 Lafayette, Indiana
Burial March 6, 1940;
Capt. Miller's Co., 10 Reg't Inf, Indianapolis, Indiana
Mr. Rishel was born near Hamilton, Clinton County, Indiana, on March 22, 1845, and managed to get into the Union Army at the age of 16. He enlisted August 22, 1861, in Company C of the Tenth Indiana Volunteer Regiment of Frankfort, this regiment being made up of men from Clinton County. It encamped at Lafayette Junction in August 1861, and went south the camping place being Bardstown, KY. Here the regiment drilled and went into battle for the first time at the Cumberland river, later at Mill Springs, and then Shiloh. Private Rishel was then taken ill and left at Bowling Green, KY, where he joined Company 1 of the Marine regiment on March 9, 1863. During this period of enlistment he served on boats, which patrolled the Mississippi. He witnessed the surrender of Pemberton to Grant at Vicksburg, July 4, 1863, when 32,000 rebel prisoners were taken. He was discharged at Vicksburg on January 24, 1865. Following the war he operated grist mills at Burlington and Battle Ground, and also at times he was a painter and contractor. He came to Lafayette from Battle Ground in 1890, and was for many years a painter, retiring on account of advanced age. He was interested in the G. A. R. and served as commander of the Logan-Taylor post of Lafayette. Mr. Rishel was married to Juliette Seaward on February 4, 1869; she died in 1926. Surviving are four daughters; Mrs. Nellie Dick of Kokomo, Mrs. Norah May Wooten and Mrs. Bertha Snyder of Lafayette, and Mrs. Ethel McLeod of Springfield, Ohio; a son Lee Rishel, of Delphi and twenty-six grandchildren and twenty-eight great-grandchildren.
Spring Vale Cemetery
Plot: Lot 175 section 25
Created by: Bev
Record added: Dec 10, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 10065991
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