|Death||April 3, 1932|
|Unit||34th Indiana Infantry, Company I|
Sergeant Fletcher N Whips
Company I, 34th Indiana Infantry
Whips was born in Perry County, Ohio in January 1846 (exact date not available). He was residing in Montpelier (Blackford County), Indiana when he enlisted and was mustered as an 18-year old private on September 21, 1861. Whips was promoted to corporal on August 27, 1863 and re-enlisted on December 14, 1863. He was promoted to sergeant on October 22, 1865. Whips served over 4 years before he was mustered out on February 3, 1866 at Brownsville, Texas.
The 34th Indiana Infantry was organized at Anderson, Indiana on September 16, 1861. During Whips’ enlistment, the regiment was involved in several major battles and campaigns. A partial list includes:
Battle of Port Gibson (MS) (May 1, 1863).
Battle of Champion’s Hill (MS) (May 16, 1863).
Siege of Vicksburg (MS) (May 18-July 4, 1863).
Action at Palmetto Ranch (TX) (May 12-13, 1865).
The Battle of Champion’s Hill was the regiment’s most costly battle of the War. Nine (9) soldiers were killed and 12 were wounded on May 16, 1863.
The Action at Palmetto Ranch was the last battle of Civil War. The Ranch is located on the Rio Grande River and Private John J. Williams of the 34th Indiana Infantry was the last casualty of the War.
Whips died on April 3, 1932 at the age of 86 years. He is buried in the Fairview Cemetery in Grant (Perkins County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Logan Post (#255) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Grant.
The Civil War Historical Data Systems includes a profile of Whips. Several points of interest include:
After his discharge from the military, he returned to Indiana and taught school.
He left Indiana in 1872 and settled in Butler County, Nebraska. He was a farmer that lost 3 crops to grasshopper infestation.
He moved to Perkins County in 1899 where he was a farmer and cattleman.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.