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George W. LINDSEY[1]
 1839 - 1862

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  • Birth  1839  Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  9 Apr 1862  Indiana; Indianapolis; Ft. Morton (POW camp) Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Buried  Indiana; Indianapolis; Crown Hill Cemetery Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I0812  Lindsay
    Last Modified  02 Jan 2007 16:18:30 
    Father  Holland LINDSEY, b. 1 Dec 1807, South Carolina  
    Mother  Sarah DAVIS, b. 20 Dec 1808, Tennessee; Warren Co.  
    Family ID  F097  Group Sheet
  • Notes 
    • Roster, 26th MS Cavalry, Co. A []
      B. L. Lindsey (Sgt)
      G. W. Lindsey (Pvt) (? - 4/9/62; Green Lawn Cemetery, Indianapolis, IN)
      Civil War Solldiers and Sailors System:
      G.W. Lindsey
      Regiment Name 26 Mississippi Infantry
      Side Confederate Company A
      Soldier's Rank_In Private
      Soldier's Rank_Out Private
      Alternate Name Notes
      Film Number M232 roll 24
      Confederate POWs who died at Ft. Morton were originally buried in Green Lawn Cemetery. The bodies were eventually moved to the Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.

      Indiana Historical Marker 49.1962.2
      Marion Co.
      Camp Morton
      1861-1865 Site selected by Lew Wallace as training camp for volunteers on old State Fairgrounds in 1861 and named for Governor Oliver P. Morton. Used as a camp for Confederate prisoners 1862-65. Col. Richard Owen, Commandant.
      Location: 1900 block Alabama Street, Herron-Morton Place Historic Park, Indianapolis. Reinstalled 1981, moved 1999.

      Fort Donelson

      Other Names: None

      Location: Stewart County

      Campaign: Federal Penetration up the Cumberland and Tennessee
      Rivers (1862)

      Date(s): February 11-16, 1862

      Principal Commanders: Brig. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Flag-Officer
      A.H. Foote [US]; Brig. Gen. John B. Floyd, Brig. Gen. Gideon Pillow, and
      Brig. Gen. Simon B. Buckner [CS]

      Forces Engaged: Army in the Field [US]; Fort Donelson Garrison [CS]

      Estimated Casualties: 17,398 total (US 2,331; CS 15,067)

      Description: After capturing Fort Henry on February 6, 1862, Brig. Gen.
      Ulysses S. Grant advanced cross-country to invest Fort Donelson. On
      February 16, 1862, after the failure of their all-out attack aimed at
      breaking through Grant’s investment lines, the fort’s 12,000-man
      garrison surrendered unconditionally. This was a major victory for Brig.
      Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and a catastrophe for the South. It ensured that
      Kentucky would stay in the Union and opened up Tennessee for a
      Northern advance along the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers. Grant
      received a promotion to major general for his victory and attained
      stature in the Western Theater, earning the nom de guerre
      “Unconditional Surrender.”

      Result(s): Union victory

      CWSAC Reference #: TN002

      Preservation Priority: I.1 (Class A)


      On October 3rd 1993 a four year project was completed when a monument was dedicated to 1,616 Confederate soldiers and sailors at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana.

      In 1989 two Indianapolis police officers, interested in historical preservation, started an effort to have the mass grave of Confederate prisoners of war properly marked. Four years later, after being joined by such organizations as the Civil War Roundtable, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Sons of Union Veterans, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Southern Club and many other groups and individuals, a new Confederate memorial was dedicated.

      In Indianapolis during the Civil War, 1,616 Confederate soldiers and sailors died from the harsh treatment and conditions prevalent in military prisons in those days. These men were being held in Camp Morton, which held approximately 5,000 prisoners at any one time. A total of 15,000 men passed through the camp between 1862 and 1865. Orignally, the Confederates who died while being held at Camp Morton were buried at Greenlawn Cemetery near downtown Indianapolis. Years later when bodies were removed from this cemetery to make way for industrialization, the first monument to the Rebels was removed to a city park. Several years later, the bodies of the Confederates were moved to Crown Hill Cemetery, without their monument.

      Since the 1912 monument would no longer fit onto the mass grave site at Crown Hill, a new marker at Crown Hill stated "1,616 Unknown Confederates". But, records from the National Archieves and from the old monument, revealed all of the names, dates of death and ranks of the deceased. So the Crown Hill Cemetery Project was created to right this wrong. This effort proved to be the forerunner of the current Indiana Coalition to Honor Civil War Dead.

      At a beautiful ceremony in 1993, before hundreds of onlookers, the new Confederate Memorial was dedicated at a service attended by many officials and relatives of the dead. The keynote speaker was Congressman Andrew Jacobs, a supporter of the project. At this dedication were military honor guards from the United States Army and Civil War reenactors.

      Now the 1,616 Americans buried at the Confederate mound in Crown Hill rest in peace, properly recognzied at last.
  • Sources 
    1. [S18703] letter from John M Lindsey to B.S. Lindsey, dated 24 jul 1910.
      "brother Lee and George was in the 26th Miss. Regiment and brother Lee was discharged at Bowlinggreen Ky., and George was captured at Fort Donelson and died in Indianpolis, Ind"

    2. [S18703] letter from John M Lindsey to B.S. Lindsey, dated 24 jul 1910.

    3. [S19101]
      26th Mississippi Infantry, CSA
      The Roster of Company A
      B. L. Lindsey
      G. W. Lindsey (? - 4/9/62; Green Lawn Cemetery, Indianapolis, IN)


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