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Pvt Jacob O. Addleman
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Birth: Jan. 16, 1840
Death: Dec. 19, 1862

Civil War veteran; he enlisted for the Union as a Private in Company B, 19th Indiana Infantry on July 29, 1861. The men of Company B were the "Richmond City Grays" and came from Wayne County, Indiana. Before the war, they had lived together and worked together. They now fought together in the major battles of the eastern theater, with the rest of the Army of the Potomac. Their regiment was part of the famed Iron Brigade of the West, or "Black Hats Brigade." Proportionately, they suffered the most casualties of any brigade in the Civil War.

Jacob was the son of William Addleman and Mary Elliott. At the time he enlisted, he was 21 years of age and described as "5 feet, 10 inches tall with a fair complexion, blue eyes, and brown hair."

The regiment lost over 60 men who died of disease during the winter of 1861-1862. One of these men was Pvt. Addleman. The Wayne county men took his death hard. His brother, Pvt. John Addleman, deserted in order to stay with his dying brother. He nursed him in the final hours of his illness and took his body home for burial.

The inscription on Jacob's marker reads:

No battle cry now shall arouse thee
from slumber. No more marching shall burden thy day. Thy comrades and friends all of worth will remember: Thy duty was done, Heaven called thee away.

- Biography by C. K. Coffin


Sgt. Addleman's family was steeped in a proud military tradition. His grandfather, William Addleman, and great grandfather, John (Hans) Michael Addleman were in the Revolutionary War. Three great uncles (all of William's brothers) were also in the Revolutionary War. During the Civil War, two of his brothers and four cousins enlisted for the Union. Following are their names:

Pvt. Joseph Addleman - brother, killed at the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862.

Pvt. John H. Addleman - brother, survived the war.

Cpl. William O. Addleman, Jr. - brother, survived the war. Served in Co. I, 147th Indiana Infantry.

Sgt. Andrew J. Addleman - cousin, died of disease on Jan. 12, 1862.

Cpl. John S. Addleman - cousin, killed at the Battle of Kenesaw Mountain on June 27, 1864.

Pvt. Flavius Josephus Addleman (used "Joseph Addleman" as his name in the military) - cousin, served in Company L, 6th Indiana Calvary, survived the


Addleman, Bob. "John Addleman Family - German Immigrants to Pennsylvania" web site.

Gaff, Alan D. On Many a Bloody Field, Indiana University Press, 1999.

Harris, Phil. Regiment and burial research; marker photograph.

Young, Andrew W. Wayne County, Indiana, From Its First Settlement to the Present Time; Cincinnati: Robert Clarke & Co. (1872).
Family links: 
  William Michael Addleman (1802 - 1884)
  Joseph O. Addleman (____ - 1862)*
  John H. Addleman (1836 - 1928)*
  Jacob O. Addleman (1840 - 1862)
  William Oberline Addleman (1846 - 1915)*
*Calculated relationship
Whitewater Cemetery
Wayne County
Indiana, USA
Created by: Cindy K. Coffin
Record added: Mar 10, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 34649827
Pvt Jacob O. Addleman
Added by: Cindy K. Coffin
Pvt Jacob O. Addleman
Added by: Cindy K. Coffin
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 Added: Sep. 26, 2009

- Cindy K. Coffin
 Added: Apr. 26, 2009

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