East Union Cemetery

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East Union Cemetery

  • Shelby County, Indiana, USA
    Latitude: 39.63953, Longitude: -85.87694
  • 6 Memorials added (50% photographed)

East Union Cemetery is located in Moral Township, Shelby County, IN - at the intersection of roads 500W and 800N.

This was acreage once owned by Archibald Mann. It is believed to be the burial ground for several family members, although no actual burial records have ever been found.

At an isolated, desolate and windswept crossroads in northwestern Shelby County, 3 military tombstones greet passing motorists in an unlikely place.

Carolyn Martin, who lives nearby keeps flags on the 3 graves. "My husband, Robert Eugene Martin, was a Marine," she said proudly. "Others in my family have answered the nation's call just like these men buried at this intersection, and I feel very grateful and thankful for them."

According to local records, the stones mark the burial sites of 3 Shelby County men who served the Union Army during the Civil War. They were Lindsay Leonard, Thomas Ross and Thomas S. Joyce.

On Oct. 22, 1862, 40-year-old Lindsay Leonard joined the 22nd Battery of the Indiana Light Artillery. He later transferred to the Veterans Reserve Corps in August 1864. After the war, he became a minister, but there is no record of the date or place of his death.

Thomas Ross and Thomas Joyce did not survive the Civil War. On July 23, 1862, 20-year-old Thomas Ross and his brother-in-law, 19-year-old Thomas Joyce, enrolled in Co F of the 70th IN REG. Ross was killed at the Battle of Resaca in northern Georgia in May of 1864, while Joyce died of disease at Bowling Green, Ky., only a few months after his enlistment.

So while few questions can be answered, many mysteries lie buried in the area lost in the fog of time.


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GPS Coordinates: 39.63953, -85.87694

  • Added: 19 Aug 2007
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2228476