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 John Alexander Penland

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John Alexander Penland

  • Birth 31 Mar 1817 New Paris, Preble County, Ohio, USA
  • Death 4 Jan 1863
  • Burial Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Tennessee, USA
  • Plot D-1444
  • Memorial ID 36820104

John Penland, a farmer and father of nine children, enlisted as an Infantry Private in the 57th Indiana Infantry (Volunteers) November 16, 1861 in Richmond, IN.
The 57th Indiana Infantry engaged the Confederate Army in four Major Civil War Battles and many other skirmishes. The four Major Battles were:

Battle of Shiloh, TN, April 6-7, 1862

Advance on and Siege of Corinth, MS., April 29-May 30, 1862

Battle of Perryville, KY, October 8, 1862

Battle of Stone's River, near Murfreesboro, TN, December 30-31, 1862, and January 1-3, 1863

On December 31, 1862, Private John Penland was gut shot having been grazed across his stomach by a cannon ball and left for dead on the Battlefield near Stones River, Tennessee in an area of the Battlefield that would be named "Hell's Half Acre", a term that would be traditionally used for tough battles throughout history. After the Battle, John held in his guts and walked a mile back into camp and lived for 4 days before he died of infection and fever.

John was also the Father of another three other Union Soldiers.

Private Theodore A. Penland, Company "A", 152 Indiana Infantry, Union Army, who would become the Last Commander-in-Chief of the G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic), Union Army Veterans Organization. Theodore was be one of the last 16 Civil War Veterans alive, one of the last 6 Union Army Veterans alive and the Last Oregon Civil War Veterans alive before his death. Two other of Theodore's brothers died as a result of mal-nutrition having been prisoners of the Confederates at Andersonville.



  • Created by: Richard Penland
  • Added: 6 May 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 36820104
  • Richard Penland
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Alexander Penland (31 Mar 1817–4 Jan 1863), Find A Grave Memorial no. 36820104, citing Stones River National Cemetery, Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Richard Penland (contributor 46958492) .