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James Borer

James Borer

Male 1837 - 1864  (27 years)

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  • Name James Borer 
    Born 1837  Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 19 Jul 1864  Chattanooga, Tennesse Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Chattanooga National Cemetery, Chattanooga, Hamilton, Tennesse Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I14251  Yatesville History & Genealogy
    Last Modified 10 Apr 2020 

    Father William H. Borer,   b. Abt 1797, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Tabitha Taylor,   b. Abt 1800, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F5795  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Jane Sapp,   b. Abt 1832, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 6 Jan 1863  Perry, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 9 Aug 2020 
    Family ID F5794  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    • 1850 United States Federal Census Name: William Borer Age: 53 Estimated birth year: abt 1797 Birth Place: Kentucky Gender: Male Home in 1850: Union, Perry, Indiana Family Number: 1186 William Borer 53 Tobitha Borer 43 Elizabeth Borer 20 John S Borer 15 James Borer 13 William Borer 11 Catharine Borer 9 Velentine Borer 5 Adaline Borer 2 Harisson Borer 32

      Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941 Name: James Borer Spouse Name: Mary Jane Sapp Marriage Date: 6 Jan 1863 Marriage County: Perry Source Title 1: Perry County, Indiana Source Title 2: Index to Marriage Record 1850 - 1920 Inclusive Vol Source Title 3: W. P. A. Original Record Located: County Clerk's O Book: 3 OS Page: 94

      U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles Name: James Borer Residence: Rono, Indiana Enlistment Date: 18 Sep 1861 Rank at enlistment: Private State Served: Indiana Was Wounded?: Yes Survived the War?: No Service Record: Enlisted in Company K, Indiana 38th Infantry Regiment on 18 Sep 1861. Mustered out on 19 Jul 1864 at Chattanooga, TN. Sources: Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana; died of accidental wounds near Chattanooga; reenlisted, 28 Dec. 1863; veteran; from Rono, IN


      Date: July 14, 1864
      Author: John Yates
      Addressee: Elizabeth Roberson Yates
      Location: Near the Chattahoochee River


      [This is the 4th day of rest for John and his fellows of the 38th Indiana after 65 straight tough days from Chattanooga; it seems like they have plenty to eat, they are getting rest, good rumors are flying and then there is mail call. Our John received a great letter from his wife which he answers. It is not clear if he has been on night duty and decided to sleep or if this is later in the evening in a more routine manner. In any case, John crawls into his tent, pulls up his blanket, drifts off to sleep and then dies when a tree falls onto his tent. This is his last letter.......]

      John is writing this letter on Thursday July 14, 1864 near the Chattahoochee River, 7 miles from Atlanta, GA. John says he was glad to receive her letter of July 7, 1864 but sorry that she was taking his hardships too much to heart. He says he can say and tell the truth that he is in the best health that he has had for several years. He says they have been in this camp now for 4 days which is the longest stop in over 65 days. He says the report this very morning is that the Rebels have once again left their positions or perhaps all but a few. The thinking is that if they are gone now they have left to go towards Richmond, VA to try old U.S. Grant but they hope that they will be able to counteract all that movement for it is also stated that Old Fighting Joe Hooker has gone to the same place.

      John remarks that Elizabeth has told him her crops look good and he is pleased. He tells Elizabeth that he wants her to make sure they take care of the grass in the meadow for if there is a prospect of the war ending he wants to get another yoke for the boys so they can break another set of calves, he wants her to stick with all the stock that she can because the prices will be very high after this war is over. The 38th Indiana Volunteers have lost 36 men killed and wounded, 6 killed and 30 wounded; we had 2 killed out of 6, John A. Bliss and William H. Purcell, he was a new recruit and a good soldier and fell for a good cause and now he has gone to a better world I hope.

      John is telling Elizabeth that he and George have changed around their messmates; he is messing with James Seaton and John is messing with Cyrus Benham and James Borer. He wants Elizabeth to know that she shouldn't think that John and George had had a falling out; they just have some new comrades. John wants Elizabeth to tell Polly Ann Benham that he has seen Jo [Benham?] a couple times and he is fat and hardy. He says he has already written all he knows about Harve's problem, he has not seen him since he wrote that last letter to her which she has not yet received. He wanted to say that he received the tobacco that she sent; he could sell it for two dollars if he wanted to but he can't share it divided with all the boys.

      John seems to be trying to explain that regardless of what the Confederacy might say the soldiers have worked hard and will continue to fight until there is an unconditional surrender to preserve the Union. John states that to make any other proposal constitutes being a traitor to your country and a willingness to sell out one's principles. He closes for now but hopes to hear from her every week. PS. He wants his respects passed on to his neighbors and friends and leaves off with what seems to be a hurrah! for Abe and Andy.