Thomas Dodge, born in Floyd Co., Ind., Aug. 7, 1834, was a son of Joshua and Dorcus (Groves) Dodge, the parents both deceased. He was united in wedlock March 23, 1864, in New Albany, to Sylvania Smith who was born in Floyd Co., Ind., Oct. 28, 1844. His wifeís parents, Peter and Sarah (Akers) Smith are both deceased. Of this union were born nine children, Peter, Elenora, Jesse, Joshua, John, Robert, Sarah A., Mary E., and Clarence deceased. Comrade Dodge was farming and was 25 years of age when he entered the army, December, 1861, at Jeffersonville, Ind., for three years, as a private in 12th Bat. Ind. V. Art., 14th A.C. In 1862 he was confined in hospital at Nashville one week for hernia; the following year he was again stricken with hernia but did not enter hospital. He was taken prisoner at Clinch Mt., in 1863 but escaped shortly afterwards. In the fall of 1862 he was honorably discharged at Nashville, on surgeonís certificate of disability and re-enlisted a year later in Co. F, 117th Ind. V.I. In the winter of 1863-64 he was detailed to transfer prisoners from Tenn., to Camp Chase, O., about three weeks. During his first enlistment he was stationed at Ft. Negley most of the time; during his second enlistment he fought at Clinch Mt., Chickey River, Sulpher Springs and Bull Gap. He was honorably discharged in 1864 at expiration of time. His grandfather, Geo. Groveís sympathies being with the strugling colonists, he espoused their cause and joined them. Our subject is at present engaged in farming and his address is Greenville, Ind.
From the book, Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen Vol. II
H.H. Hardesty, Publisher
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Copyright 2004 by Sharon Pike