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Sgt Henry D. Banta

Sgt Henry D. Banta

Birth
Switzerland County, Indiana, USA
Death 5 Sep 1926 (aged 84)
Burial Hanover, Jefferson County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 17301617 · View Source
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Residence Switzerland County IN;
Enlisted on 8/22/1861 as a Sergeant.
On 8/22/1861 he mustered into Troop A, 3rd Indiana Cavalry.
(date and method of discharge not given)
2nd Lt., Co. B, 145th Indiana Volunteer Infantry


Capt. Henry D. Banta, farmer, was born in Craig Township August 31, 1842. Capt. Banta, in addition to farming, learned the cabinet-maker’s trade, but has given his attention chiefly to farming. He enlisted, July 22, 1861, in Company A, Third Regiment Indiana Cavalry and was elected sergeant. He served three years, came home and raised Company E, One Hundred and Forty-Sixth Indiana Infantry and was elected captain, and served over seven months in that capacity. The Captain was wounded five times, in the hands, arms and scalp. In one hand-to-hand struggle he made a miraculous escape, after being badly punished at Poolsville. In about one year thereafter, in a charge, his horse fell through a bridge at Morton’s Ford, Rappahannock River, in September, 1863, by which he sustained injuries, and he also received a severe sunstroke at Stephenson’s Station, in Virginia, and from this he has never recovered. He carried many burdens for weak, private soldiers, and he participated in many bloody conflicts, which sowed the seed for aches and pains that have troubled him ever since. Capt. Banta was married, October 4, 1865, to Miss Hattie Gelson, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, born October 4, 1849. Unto them have been born nine children, May, Alice, Nannie, Harry, Jacob G., Thomas J., Benjamin, Janie and Sadie. Mr. Banta is liberal in his religious views. He has always been a Republican, and never took a dram of whisky or beer in his life. He is a man of a warm, kind nature and generous impulses, always liberal in his support of those in need. He is a good neighbor, a kind husband and an indulgent father. Mrs. Banta is a member of the Episcopal Church.
Source: The History of Switzerland County, Indiana published by Weakley Harraman & Co. in 1885.


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  • Maintained by: andiema
  • Originally Created by: Bev
  • Added: 5 Jan 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17301617
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Henry D. Banta (31 Aug 1842–5 Sep 1926), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17301617, citing Hanover Cemetery, Hanover, Jefferson County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by andiema (contributor 46997614) .