Lieut. Frederick P. Bethel is a son of Isaac and Sarah (Pimblott) Bethel, parents both now deceased, and was born in Manchester, England, Oct. 28, 1828. Since 1848 he has made his home in Floyd county, Indiana, and was married in New Albany, this county, Feb. 6, 1853, to Julia A. Shields. Four children were the result of this union: Rovilla C. dec., Mary E. dec., Julia A. dec. and Margaret A., their births occurring in the order here given. His wife was born in Taylor township, Harrison county, Ind., May 21, 1832. She was the daughter of Robert and Julia (Brewer) Shields, parents no longer numbered among the living. When the war between the states broke out, our subject was an iron moulder in New Albany, Ind. He was 33 years old when he went into the Union army, Nov. 21, 1861, at Jeffersonville as a private in Co. C, 49th Ind. V.I., 2nd Brig., 1st Div., 13th and 19th A.C. He rose to the rank of Ord. Sergt., and to 2nd Lieut., June 1, 1862. In February, 1863, he was detailed as Q.M. of the Regt., to serve as such until May, 1863. In the fall of 1863 he was confined in hospital at New Orleans, La., two months with spinal fever. He was also detailed the same fall to act as Batl. Q.M., of Convalescent Camp two months; again January, 1864, he was detailed as Reg. Q.M. He was also detailed as Q.M. at Algiers, La., of Hawhee Batl., acting as such until granted an honorable discharge Nov. 29, 1864, at Indianapolis, Ind. He was furloughed in the summer of 1863 from Vicksburg, Miss., for thirty days and reported for duty at end of time. He fought at Big Creek Gap, Cumberland Gap, Chickasaw Bayou, Arkansas Post, Siege of Nicksburg, Port Gibson, Champion Hill, Black River Bridge, 2nd Siege of Jackson and Yellow Bayou. His wife’s brother, John B. served in an Illinois Regiment and was wounded in hand. Comrade Bethel is an iron moulder and his address is New Albany, Ind.
From the book, Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen Vol. II
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