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Title: Warren County Reflections
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Civil War Soldier
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Kathryn Bright Traylor
Boswell, Indiana

The following article contains excerpts from the Civil War diary of Kathryn Bright Traylor's grandfather Hiram Bright.

Hiram Bright was born near Danville, Montour County, Penn., November 1, 1834, and is one of eleven children of Peter and Mary Bright, natives of Pennsylvania. Peter was the son of David Bright of Bucks Co. Hiram was married in Montour Co. in 1857 to Rhoda A. Bulter, daughter of Robert and Sarah Butler, sister of George Butler of Warren Co., IN. Five children were born to this union; Mary E., Frank, Butler, Oakley, and Carl. In 1865, Hiram came to Indaian. Lafayette was at that time at the end of the railroad line, so he had to walk to Walnut Grove, where he was employed on a farm. In 1857, Hiram and Rhoda Butler Bright settled on their farm home near Rainsville in Warren Co., IN. Rhoda died in 1889. In 1891, Hiram and his daughter Ella moved to Boswell where he resided until the time of his death in 1925, age 91.

During the Civil War he answered his country's call and volunteered in the 72nd Regiment of Indiana Volunteers and was a consistent member of the Grand Army of the Republic and a lover of his flag. He was identified with the Rirst National Bank from it's organization and for several years was president of that institution.

From his diary:

On Nov. 27, 1864 wrote a letter to wife Rhoda and to his mother. Mentioned names of Charles Wagner, Milton Seary, Abner McBride, Sam Lester, and others---

Recipe for Diarrhea
Pinch of Catechur
1 1/2 fluid ounces paragoric
1 fluid ounce, good brandy
6 ounces

On Nov. 16 he left for Attica and was mustered into service and obtained uiniform. On the 18th he went to Indianapolis. Marched to Carrington. On the 20th church was held in camp "in charge of crachers and pork. On to Jeffersonville in camp. Carried rails for ties and helped unload horses.

On Dec. 17th in Louisville. Had mules. Drew our gun slings and clothing of: coat, jacket, pants, blanket, satchel, canteen, tent. Moved to Bardstown Dec. 28th and marched on 15 more miles to New Haven, then moved on to Elizabethtown.

New Year's 1865. Left camp and marched 16 miles. M. Henry and myself looking for Graybacks. Then left Camp and marched 20 miles into Mumfernille and crossed the Green River (forded it). This is old battleground. Visited forts and graveyard. Left this camp at 8:00 am passing through Cave City. F. Gooding and I ate dinner at Cave City and camped here in the evening. Left camp at 5 next day with R. Mires and myself on the advance guard. Arrived at Bowling at 12:00 and crossed the river at Bowling Green. Rained all night and tents and blankets all wet. Moved on to 5 miles west of Franklin and there we killed a turkey. Marched on 22 miles from Nashville, several horses gave out on the road. Next day we crossed steep ridges passing through Govdsinville to let the second brigade catch up. That night our tent top blew off and we got very wet. Letter from home saying all was well. Washed shirts and underwear. We drew two new tents. J. Forbes called on us. I was sick all night with terrible cold. On Friday we paid a visit to the main battle ground (4 miles south of Nashville) seen dead rebel, shot and shell. We next walked to 2 miles south of Franklin on Columbia Rd. Next walk was 7 miles meeting the 2nd Division commanded by McCouch. Wrote letters, one home and one to E.L. Booth. (Grandpa tells of getting up at 3 a.m. and having a bout wagon train.) Loaded wagons on train. Has several small battles at this point. Near Columbia paid a visit to General Pillow farm. A very fine old estate. Picked up food to last for nine days. Bought four loaves of bread for fifty cents. (Con't-Feb. issue)


Jane Haynes Rasmussen has been named curator for the Warren Co. Historical Society Museum. Ms. Rasmussen has a degree in anthropology with a minor in history from Purdue University. She has a backgrough and interest in fold arts and crafts, using these skills on a regualr basis in her own home. She and her husband Chris and their three daughters will soon move into their new log home which they built themselves.. You might say she has a real feel for history! She has lived in Warren Co. all her life and is familiar with family histories and legends. Jane has a lot of ideas she wants to get started on including oral history, the role of women in Warren Co. and exhibits that will change every onth. The museum will be open on a reular basis on Tuesday and Driday afternoons from 1:00 to 5:00 P.M.

February 7, 1901
"Warren Republican"

Hon. Amos W. Butler, Sec. of Ind. Board of Charities, visited Warren Co. jail, Wmprt. Report to Gov:

"Warren Co. cannot be said to have a jail. The only means of confining prisoners is in the basement of the Courthouse. There are fitted up quarters for both men and women. Those provided for the women are little more satisfactory than those for the men, which consist of eight cells arranged in a revolving cylinder in one of the basement rooms. Half of these cells must be away from the light, next to the damp wall. The other four have to be lighted to a greater or less extent by basement windows. In these damp, unwholesome quarters it is stated there were confined last year 138 prisoners. The conditions cannot be sanitary; the jail is not safe; it is a disgrace to the county and to the State. It is lighted by lamps at night. The only nevtilation and light by day is the basement windows. A funace is used for heating and the heat is delivered over the revolving cyclinder. There is a pump in the jail so that the inmates can pump their ownwater. There is a closet in the men's department. The women's department buckets are used. To his credit be it said, the Sheriff keeps the quarters tolerable clean. An old iron bath tub is provided for the use of inmates, but there is no way of heating water. There are two bunks in each cell. The only bedding is a lot of old dirty comforts. These are thrown away when they get too foul. The woman's department is sumpplied with wooden cots. No occupation is provided for prisoners. It is said that every grand jury in recent years has condemned this jail, recommended a new one. We can do no better than emphasize this recommendation in the hope that the people of Warren County will made proper provision for such a structure."

The building of a jail and jailor's residence would probably cost $20,000 to $30,000. The county has the ground. At the very best our commissioners cannot put off the building of a new jail longer than a year or two, and there would be objectors to the building then as well as now.


A house that has been quiet for a couple of years was aburst of activity during September. Eighteen decorators from Indiana and Illinois transformed the empty house into a warm inviting home. Guests arrived from all parts of Indiana and Illinois and as far away as British Columbia. During the 1860's these people might have been visiting lawyers and judges staying over with the McCabe family, but from Sept. 25-Oct. 5, the visitors were here to enjoy the Decorator's Showhouse '82 sponsored by the Warren Co. Historical Society. Arriving at the front door people were welcomed by a hostess who explained the tour and described the foyer.

Each area, bedrooms, dining room, living room, etc. was decorated by one or more decorators. Each used their own particular style buy staying with the theme of country living. Guests were asked to vote on their favorite room. A complete discription of each area as well as a charming and personal history of the house was included in the tour booklet. Refreshments were served and guests were invited to enjoy the lovely fall weather on the patio. The idea of having a showhouse was conceived by Helen Baum who put a lot of time and effort into the project. The project involved many community volunteers. The W.C.H.S. would like to thank Helen, the McCabe family and everyone who donated time, money, and materials. You helped make it a success.


Am searching for great-grand-parents. Am searching for information on great-greandparents: BRADY, Rufus Allen b. 29 Oct. 1840, Warren Co., IN. M. TUCKER, Emily b 22 Nov. 1848 Warren Co., IN. Sharon W. Anderson 1430 N. Main, Longmont, CO. 80501

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Warren County Historical Society
Box 176
Williamsport, IN 47993

Date: 11/1/1982
Origin: Warren County Historical Society
Record ID: 00002483
Type: Periodical
Source Archive: Warren County Historical Society
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Court House
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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