||I wrote the National Archives for the Civil War records of John Oliver Truman, son of Benjamin Truman and Matilda Bright. I rceived a batch of materials -- his military records. Still to come are his pension records, which tend to have much more ersonal detail.|
Here is a summary of what his military records showed.
He was born in Parke County, IN.
Private with Co. A, 85th Indiana Infantry; the unit was originally known as "Capt. Floyd's Co."
Enrolled at age 25 on Aug. 18, 1862, in Annapolis, Parke Co., IN (which would have him born about 1837).
Mustered in Sept. 2, 1862, in Terre Haute.
He was 5 feet 7 inches tall, with blue eyes, light hair and a dark complexion.
He gave his occupation as farmer.
He served in the A Co,85th inf Reg,IN. Mustered out in Washington DC on 12 June 1865.(from report of the Adjacent General, by Holloway 1865-66)
He was taken prisoner of war March 5, 1863, at Thompson's Station, Tenn., and was confined at Richmond, Va., on March 22, 1863. On March 31, 1863, he was paroled from City Point, Va., and moved to Camp Parole, Md., on April 1, 1863. He then was sent to Camp Chase, Ohio, April 6, 1863, and arrived April 13. While at Camp Chase, he was assigned to Co. D, 4th Regiment Paroled Infantry. On April 21, 1863, he reported to Camp Morton, IN, and apparently regrouped with the 85th Infantry.
From March-December 1864, he was hospitalized. From March-April 25 he was hospitalized in Division No. 1 U.S.A. Hospital in Murfreesboro, Tenn.; he returned to duty April 25. Beginning May 3 he was hospitalized in No. 3 U.S.A. General Hospital in Lookout Mountain, Tenn. In January 1865, he was hospitalized in Louisville, Ky. In March-April '65, he was sick in Foster U.S.A. General Hospital, New Berne, N.C.
Mustered out June 12, 1865, near Washington, D.C.
Information from Kim Clark.