Lafayette M’Kown, whose parents, Thornton and Matilda (Wininger) McKown, have passed away, was born in Greenville, Floyd Co., Ind., May 15, 1840. Oct. 20, 1867, he was married in his native town to Jane Floyd who was born there Jan. 7, 1847. Her father, Michael Floyd is deceased. The children of this marriage are – Aaron, Marion H., Noami M., Carrie, Robert M, Anne dec., Mary P., Sylvester, Nellie W. and John I., born in the order here given. Comrade McKown was following his trade as cooper when the war between the states broke out; he was enrolled under the second call for volunteers, Aug. 20, 1861 at the age of 21 years, entering the ranks of Co. A, 38th Ind. V.I., 14th A.C. He was promoted to Corp., and so served, with his command in the following general engagements -–Perryville, Stone River, Hoovers Gap, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Buzzard Roost, Atlanta Campaign, Jonesboro, also several skirmishes. At the battle of Perryville he was wounded by fragment of shell in left side which kept him in hospital a short time; he was also wounded by piece of shell in leg below the knee at Missionary Ridge; at the battle of Buzzards Roost, he was wounded in the mouth. January, 1862, he was held in hospital in consequence of typhoid fever two months and was also treated in hospital at Ringgold for gunshot wound received in mouth. He was granted a leave of absence of ten days from Louisville, Ky., and returned to command at Green River, Ky. He was also taken prisoner at Chickamauga, but made his escape the same evening. He was finally honorably discharged Sept. 17, 1864, at Atlanta, Ga., at expiration of time. He had five paternal and five maternal uncles in the War of 1812-14, one of whom was killed at the battle of New Orleans, under Gen. Andrew Jackson. His wife had two brothers in the volunteer service, Jacob in 17th Ind. V.I. and Jeremiah in 117th Ind. V.I. Comrade McKown is a farmer by occupation 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