|Birth: ||Jun. 19, 1842|
|Death: ||May 6, 1916|
The story you are about to read is true. Though some events may seem unrealistic or even "Hollywood", yet this happened and involved the Cline, Graham, Fear, Stoker and Kingery families from Kentucky, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri and Knsas. It has been told to me by James Robert Graham Jr., (or the IV, as he put it - Three ancestor were named James Graham.)
Simeon was born in Boone Co., Indiana to Bennet and Martha Patsey Fear Cline on the 19th of June 1842 and died the 6th
of May 1916 in Eureka, Greenwood Co., Kansas. During his lifespan he lived perhaps more than a person should, at the very least no person shall be subjected to such treatment...even in time of war. Between 1847 and 1850, his father moved the family to Center Twp., Appanoose Co., Iowa for a short spell before settling in Taylor Twp.
His older brother, John A. Cline enlisted on the 9th of August in 1862 and died at Benton Barrack on December 20th, 1862 and is buried at Jefferson National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri. On the 17th of October 1862, Simeon's father enlisted in the Union Army, serving honorably as a Private in Company "K", 37th Regiment Infantry Iowa Volunteers.
Simeon enlisted in the Union Army on the 17th of December 1861 at Lebanon, Boone Co., Indiana. He served gallantly in Company "C", 40th Regiment Infantry Indiana Volunteers until her was mustered out with distinguished service on 18 Aug 1865, serving a total of 3 years, 8 months and 2 days...nearly the entire length of the Civil War. He served as a Private under Col.'s William C. Wilson, John W. Blake and Henry Leaming.
The 40th Indiana was organized at Lafayette and mustered into service on 30 December 1861. It left the state at once
going into Camp at Bardstown, Kentucky. In February 1863 it moved to Bowling Green and Nashville with Buell's Army, going there to Alabama. Under Gen. Buell, the unit was in prusuit of Gen. Bragg's Army through Tennessee and Kentucky, returning to Nashville and assigned to the 6th Division, 14th Army Corps., and engaged at Stone's River, with 9 killed, 63 wounded and 13 missing.
At Murfreesboro the 40th was assigned to the 2nd Bdg., 1st Div., 21st Corps. as it reorganized. In all, Simeon T. Cline had fought in the battle of Chickamaugua, Look Out Mountain, Missionary Ridge and passed the winter in eastern Tennessee. Reenlisting in January 1864, From Tennessee he went on furlough to Indiana before heading back to Cleveland, Tennessee. It had also been engaged in battles and skirmishes such as Dallas, Kennesaw Mountain, Chattahoochie River and Peachtree Creek.
On the 30th of Nov 1864 at Franklin, Tennessee, Simeon T. Cline was capture and taken prisoner by Confederate Soldiers. First taken to Richmond, Virginia and then to Andersonville, Georgia. It was here his nightmare on earth became reality.
ANDERSONVILLE: Built to originally hold 10,000 soldiers, by the first six months Andersonville had taken in over 32,000.
The conditions were so ill-fated and wretched, living in tents but most lived in the hot southern baked sun with no shelter. The river which ran through the 20+ft high walls was unsanitary, the smell of feces and urination smelled so bad a Priest had to run from their presence to get a breathe of fresh air quite often. One man was said to have been short by a guard, whose wasn't more than 10 years old, because he purposely stepped over the "line" as he waited to be killed. The prisoners at Andersonville died at 150 per day. Some had even laid down in their own body waste.
Simeon was released in a prisoner exchange on
It's nothing short of miraculous that Simeon ever survived those 5 months and 21 days in Andersonville Prison, much less the war itself. I will be forever grateful to him and those whose service in the Civil War has given me the luxury to write a few words to honor their memory and pay tribute for their sacrifices which enables every American to live as we do. During the Civil War many Graham, Cline, and Kingery ancestors fought with distinction and for what they believed in was a just cause. I can only hope what I write here this day is not ever forgotten by others as they go about their daily lives. Thank you for taking the time to read this...and by reading this you honor Simeon and every other American who fought a terrible war. May they rest in peace.
- C. Galen Kingery
Bennet Cline (1805 - 1881)
Martha Patsey Fear Cline (1812 - 1909)
Martha J. Cline (1848 - 1915)*
Laura Alice Cline Kirk (1876 - 1926)*
Maintained by: C. Galen Kingery
Originally Created by: Judy Mayfield
Record added: Sep 08, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21436778
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