Civil War Corpl company H 19th Regiment U.S. Infantry
Alliance Herald, Friday, Aug. 12, 1898
Vol. VII, No. 33
William Short died of apoplexy at the home of Simeon Hudson in Center township, last Tuesday. Mr. Short was one of Wilson county's good men and best citizens. He was an Indiana soldier during the Rebellion and was was severely wounded at Chickamauga, Georgia, Sept. 19, 1863. He laid on the field thirteen days while wounded and remained a cripple all his life from the effect of this wound. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community. The funeral services were held at the home, and the remains were laid to rest in the Fredonia cemetery last Wednesday.
Civil War Service
William Harrison Short (5 Oct 1837-9 Aug 1898)
He served in the Civil War enlisting in the 19th Indiana Regiment Company H of the U. S. Infantry 30 Apr 1862 in Crawfordsville, Indiana. This is near Fountain County. At the time of his enlistment, he was described to be 24 years old, 6 feet, dark complexion, black eyes, black hair. His occupation when he enlisted was a farmer.
He fought in the second Battle of Bull Run in Virginia, the Antietam in Western Maryland, in Fredericksburg in Eastern Virginia, and in Chickamauga in the northeast corner of Georgia, plus 5 skirmishes.
He was wounded at Chickamauga, Georgia where he lay on the field for eight days and was crippled for the rest of his life. On 20 September 1863, Private Short received a shell wound at and above the ankle joint, in the left leg, breaking and slivering the small bone, three inches of which was afterward taken out, cutting away a portion of the calf of the leg, and cutting all the cords in the leg at the ankle except the cord running from the heel upward, rendering the ankle, instep and toe joints stiff and useless. William was advanced to Corporal, but because of his disability, he was discharged at Evansville, Indiana on 13 September 1864. He received $24 a month for his disability.
This portion of the genealogical history of the William Harrison Short family was found in the Steven's Memorial Museum Genealogical Library in the John Hay Center Salem, IN when I visited it in May of 2010
Virgil D. Short MD
Note: bio info provided by Tombstone Trekker ~ Betty Huffman (#47205833)