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Andrew Jackson Hunter (4/12/1845 - 4/29/1941)

Last surviving Civil War veteran, residing in Bartholomew County died April 29, 1941, in Columbus at age 96. He was Andrew Jackson Hunter, 1234 Franklin St., who enlisted at Newbern at age 16, joined Company G, Sixth Indiana Regiment. He also served for a time in Company D., 67th Indiana Regiment, then re-enlisted for another three years and was in Company H., 145th Indiana Infantry. He left service in 1866 as a sergeant.

The above information was submitted by Mike Beck.  Source: "History of Bartholomew County"

Special thanks to Dan Pyatt who submitted the obituary and pictures below about Andrew Hunter.  

Andrew Hunter is buried in the Newbern Cemetery, Bartholomew County, Clifty Township.  The Newbern Cemetery is on SR 46 E about 6 miles East of Columbus.

Obituary of Andrew Jackson Hunter

Source: Columbus Evening Republic, April 29, 1941



Andrew J. Hunter Dies This Afternoon,
Two Weeks After Daughter

Recently Passed 96

Native of Newbern Enlisted When Only 16
Unwounded in Many Battles

Andrew Jackson Hunter, 96, this county's last surviving veteran of the Civil War, died at 1 o'clock this afternoon at his home at 1234 Franklin street.

His death followed by two weeks that of Mrs. Gladys Rigby; the daughter with whom he had lived since coming to Columbus from Indianapolis 15 years ago.

She died the day before he observed his 96th birthday on April 12.

The funeral will be held Thursday at Newbern, but arrangements had not been completed this afternoon.

Mr. Hunter left no close relatives.  Married twice, both wives are dead and no children are living.

Survivors include three step-grandchildren in Indianapolis, a nephew in Batesville, a nephew, David Huffer, and niece, Mrs. Laura Biddinger, here, and a great-niece, Mrs. Ralph N. Doup, of this city, who recently was appointed his guardian.

Enlist When Only 16

Mr. Hunter's parents were Joseph and Sarah Hunter, who moved from the neighborhood of Shelby, Ky., to Newbern, where their son was born April 12, 1845.

At the age of 16, Mr. Hunter enlisted Sept. 17, 1861, at Newbern for service in the Civil war, and was mustered in at Madison as a private in Company G, Sixth Indiana Volunteer infantry.

This is said to have been the first regiment raised in Indiana expressly for service in the Civil war.

Mr. Hunter served for a time under Maj. Gus Abbett, who organized Company D of the 67th Indiana infantry, recruited here.

After he had completed his first 3-year enlistment, he reenlisted Jan. 30, 1865, in Columbus as a member of Company H, 145th Indiana infantry.  He ended his service as a sergeant Jan. 21, 1866, at Macon, Ga.

Never Wounded or Ill

Mr. Hunter survived a number of major engagements of the war, including Shiloh, Stone River, Siege of Corinth, Liberty Gap, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, Buzzards' Roost, Kenesaw Mountain, and Siege of Atlanta.

In all his campaigning, he (was) never wounded and never sick enough to go to the hospital.

Mr. Hunter moved here from Indianapolis to live with Mrs. Rigby about 15 years ago.  Before that he had lived in Winchester.

Two Comrades Depart

When he came to Columbus, there were 18 Civil war veterans still living here.  Recently there were three, but William A. Abbett died and William C. Kerr moved to Edinburg.

He was an honorary member of the G.A.R. here, and also was made an honorary member of the United Spanish War Veterans.

He originally belonged to the G.A.R. post at Winchester but transferred his membership to an Indianapolis post later.

In his younger years, Mr. Hunter was a ditcher, well-digger and farmer at Newbern.

A brother, Lee Hunter, who was a Civil war veteran, is buried at Newbern.


Another Newspaper Article

Source: Columbus Evening Republic, date unknown


Services for Andrew J. Hunter, 96, Civil war veteran, who died Tuesday at his home on Franklin street, will be held at 3:30 o'clock Thursday afternoon at the grave in Newbern cemetery.

The Rev. R. O. Pearson of this city will have charge.  The casket will be open at the grave, and will be open this evening at the Hathaway funeral home.

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