Casualties in Harrison County, Indiana During Morgan’s Raid

The total Confederate casualties in Harrison County are unknown, but Simeon K. Wolfe, editor of the Corydon Weekly Democrat at the time of the Battle of Corydon reported that the Confederates “admitted” their losses at 8 killed and 33 wounded.

There were a number of Union casualties, either as a direct result of the raid, or from exhaustion and fatigue.

Known Union Casualties:

Deaths at the Brandenburg Crossing:

James Current (or Currant) of Heth Township, born June 21, 1841; died July 9, 1863. He was the son of Garret & Elizabeth (Dean) Current.

Current was 2nd lieutenant of the “Mauckport Rifles.” He was wounded at the fight at the Brandenburg Crossing by a shot from one of the Confederate parrot guns at Brandenburg on July 8. He died the next day, July 9, 1863, and was buried at the Crossroads/Old Mt. Zion Cemetery near Mauckport.

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Georia R. Nantz (or Nance) of Laconia, born March 27, 1817; died July 8, 1863 at Morvin’s Landing. He was married to Mary (--------).

Nantz was mortally wounded by a shot from one of the Confederate parrot guns at Brandenburg on July 8. Sources differ whether he was instantly killed or lingered on for some time. He was originally buried on the Radmacher farm, but his tombstone was moved to the Battle of Corydon Park in 1986.

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Deaths at the Battle of Corydon

Nathan McKinzie, born November 23, 1836; died July 9, 1863 at the Battle of Corydon.

Little information is available on the nature of McKinzie’s death, it is assumed he was shot by a rebel soldier. He died on July 9, 1863 and was buried at Buttontown Cemetery, Greenville, Floyd County, Indiana.

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Harrison “Harry” W. Steepleton, born November 3, 1808; died July 9, 1863 at the Battle of Corydon. He was married to Elizabeth Mauck (1812-1892).

Harrison was shot by a rebel soldier. He was buried at Union Chapel Cemetery, Laconia, Harrison County, Indiana.

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Wounded:

Col. Jacob Ferree, born March 17, 1798 in Pennsylvania; died July? 1863. He was the son of Joel Ferree and Christina Kuykendall. He was married to Rachel (--------). He was a county commissioner of Harrison County at the time of the battle.

Ferree was mortally wounded at the Battle of Corydon, the exact date is unknown. He was buried on his farm in Boone Township.

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Pvt. Isaac Lang, born December 31, 1827; died July 9, 1863 at the Battle of Corydon. He was married to Amy Lamon (1826-1903).

Lang apparently died of a heart attack in the aftermath of the battle and retreat of the Home Guards. He was buried at Rays Chapel Cemetery at White Cloud, Harrison County, Indiana.

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William “Bill” Heth, toll gate keeper.

Heth was shot by rebel soldiers. He was buried at Cedar Hill Cemetery at Corydon.

Find-A-Grave Memorial: n/a

Rev. Peter Glenn, born circa 1806; died July 9, 1863 at his home south of Corydon. He was a Lutheran minister. He was married to Catharine (--------).

Rev. Glenn was shot by a rebel soldier after had he shot a rebel soldier. He was buried at the Jordan Cemetery at Corydon.

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Deaths due to heat and exhaustion during the raid:

Abbie Slemons, poet.

Cynthia (nee Booker) Denbo, died of exhaustion July 16, 1863.

Wounded:

Capt. William Farquar
Pvt. John Glenn
Speer S. Hurst
2 boys by the last name of McKinstry/McKinster



Bernard “Barney” Peeper (or Pieper), 1833; died 1893. He was a blacksmith at Palmyra at the time of Morgan’s Raid.

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Caleb Thomas, of Edwardsville, Floyd County, Indiana, born August 4, 1832; died December 25, 1916. He was married to Catharine Hanger.

Thomas was wounded at the battle of Corydon, but survived. He was buried at Old Salem Church Cemetery, Georgetown, Floyd County, Indiana.

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