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as Assistant Inspector-General on General Jones' staff.

With his regiment and command, either as a commanding of-
ficer or as an aide-de-camp he participated in all the battles that
the regiment was engaged in. It is needless to enumerate, it is
only necessary to state that he saw his first drenching of blood at
Shiloh, April Uth and 7th, 18(j2, and was in every engagement
thereafter, down to the close of the war, to Bentonville, North
Carolina, in April 1865.



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He was honorably discharged with his regiment at Little
Rock, Arkansas, August 1865.

On his return home he re-entered Miller's Seminary for a
period of one year, after which he taught a district school near
Stewart, Ohio. He engaged in general merchandising July 18(i OHIO voi.untki-:r infantry. 289



J. W. FULTON, Jr.



J. W. Fulton, Jr., was a nephew of Onartermaster iMilton's,
an^ enlisted with the o.-Jrd O. V.- I,., September 15th, l.SGl, from
Guysville, Ohio, at the age of nineteen, as a private soldier.

His proficiency was so noticeable that it was the subject of
comment, and October 7th, FSfil, he was commissioned as First
Lieutenant and assigned to Company 15. As an officer he had still
further opportunities of displaying his qualifications and fighting
qualities which was the occasion of a promotion to a captaincy,
1^'ebruary loth, 18()2. He commanded Company G to September
•JTth, ISGl, Captain Fulton was a courteous gentleman and an
officer beloved by his command and respected by his fellow
officers.

Upon his return home to Guysville, Ohio, he soon conceived
the idea of a removal to Illinois, making his home at Effingham.
Not finding hotel-keeping to his liking, he returned to Ohio
and engaged in merchandising for two years, when he sold
out and engaged again in the hotel business. He was again struck
w ith ihe western fever and removed to Savannah, Missouri, where
he remained for a while, thence moving to Kansas, taking up his
original profession, civil engineering.

His present post-office address is Westmoreland, Kansas.

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DAVID S. HARKINS.



Captain Harkins entered the service October 2oth, 1861. He
recruited a good portion of Company I, and was commissioned as
Captain, February 5th, 18C2. He remained with the command
until April, 18(5;), when his resignation was accepted. Captain
Harkins entered the service at quite an advanced age, (forty-two)
but was a faithful officer and a good soldier, and had the confi-



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dence of his men to perhaps a larger degree than ahnost any com-
mander in the resfiment. His record as a soldier and as a man
was creditable to himself and his family.

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DAVID LASLEY.



David Lasley was born near Kygerville, Gallia County, Ohio.
He received his early education in his native county. At the age
of eighteen, the Civil War was on, and his boyish patriotism
pushed him forward as a volunteer, in response to one of the
numerous calls of " Father Abraham." In casting about for a
suitable regiment in which to enlist, he selected the 53rd Ohio,
and Company H as the " boss" company with which he cared to
share the privations and hardships of — as it afterwards proved to be
— a long, arduous, and cruel war.

His enlistment dates from November 2oth, 1861, as private, in
which capacity he served until January, 1802, when he received the
appointment of corporal. He remained a corporal until January 1st,
1863, when he received the further promotion of first sergeant.
Upon December 25th, 1865, for his meritorious conduct as a non-
commissioned officer, he received the commission of second lieu-
tenant, and was assigned to Co. F, April 26th, 1865, and with this
company he remained until the final muster-out of August, 1865.

Something like two years removed from the war period the
veteran concluded he had looked after his own rations long
enough, so he cast about for a suitable companion to cook what he
would provide. The one he was most pleased to great as a sweet-
heart — and she proved in subsequent years none the less sweet —
was the accomplished and pretty Miss Rilla Mauck, of Cheshire,
Gallia County, Ohio. To the home thus established there came
two sons, A. B. and T. F. Lasley, to enliven and further bless the


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