|Birth: ||Oct. 29, 1832|
|Death: ||Apr. 15, 1863|
Aged 30y, 5m, 25d. Civil War. Co. A 73rd Reg. Ind. Vol.
In 1859, Samuel Comer bought land near his father's farm in the northern part of Morgan Township in Porter County, Indiana. In February of 1861, Samuel, at the age of twenty-eight, married Nancy Bryarly, a girl of sixteen from neighboring Washington township.
The same month, representatives of six southern states met and established a separate nation, the Confederate States of America.
Some thought the rebellion would play out in three months, but three years later, on August 4, 1862, President Lincoln called for 600,00 more men. Samuel Comer enlisted the same day at Valparaiso, the Porter County seat, to serve for three years.
As a private in Capt. Rollin M. Pratt's Company of men from Porter County, he mustered in at Camp Rose near South Bend, Indiana, on 16 August 1862. Pratt's company became Company I of the 73rd Regiment of Indiana Infantry. The Company Descriptive Book says Samuel was married, a farmer, 30 years old, born in Michigan; 5 feet 33/4 inches tall, had a dark complexion, hazel eyes, and brown hair.
Within a few days, the Regiment was sent by rail to Louisville where they drew arms, uniforms, commissaries, etc. Then they went on by rail to Lexington, KY. With less than a two weeks training, they were sent into battle. Journals kept by others in the 73rd Regiment describe long marches, poor equipment for meeting the enemy, ranks thinned by exhaustion, sickness, and by those taken prisoner. Samuel's record says that he died of disease at Louisville, KY on April 15, 1863.
Samuel had kept up the mortgage payments on his farm until he left for the War. In 1864, the mortgagers sued for the payments due during the War. The county deed book describes the sale held by the sheriff on the courthouse steps, offering the land at a set price covering the payments due, damages, and court costs. No one bid. The set price was removed and Samuel's father bid an amount equal to the damages and court costs, and Samuel's land stayed in the family.
In 1865 Samuel's widow married a Civil War veteran who had become disabled for duty and had been discharged in 1863.
Gravestone inscription (read Feb 1999, photographed May 2000).
A family Bible that once belonged to Samuel's sister, Henrietta (Comer) Fisher.
Federal census, land, and will records.
Porter Co., Indiana marriage and estate records.
Samuel Comer's Civil War records.
Journals kept by other members of the 73rd Regiment
Lewis P. Comer (1798 - 1876)
Catharine Baum Comer (1807 - 1894)
Nancy Ann Bryarly Carter (1844 - 1932)*
Samuel Comer (1832 - 1863)
Josephus Comer (1834 - 1903)*
William H. Comer (1841 - 1872)*
Henrietta Comer Fisher (1842 - 1914)*
Cytheria Comer Stoddard (1848 - 1895)*
Will E. Comer (1868 - 1951)*
Plot: Row 14
Created by: Lvmerrills
Record added: Nov 14, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 61622548
Added: Aug. 25, 2013