|Birth||Jan. 19, 1847|
|Death||Sept. 6, 1936|
|Unit||124th Indiana Infantry, Company E|
Private Jacob McCracken
Company E, 124th Indiana Infantry
McCracken (also spelled McCrackin) was born on January 19, 1847. He was living in Mason, Indiana when he enlisted and was mustered in the regiment on December 11, 1863. McCracken was 16 years old at the time of his enlistment. He served over 20 months and was mustered out of the regiment on August 31, 1865 at Greensboro, North Carolina.
The 124th Indiana was organized at Terre Haute and Indianapolis between November 1863 and March 1864. The unit was mustered on March 10, 1864. During his enlistment, the regiment was involved in several major battles and campaigns. A partial list includes:
Atlanta (GA) Campaign (May 1-September 8, 1864).
Battle of Resaca (GA) (May 14-15, 1864).
Siege of Atlanta (GA) (July 22-August 25, 1864).
Operations against General Hood (GA/AL) September 29-Novemner 3, 1864).
Battle of Franklin (TN) (November 30, 1864).
Battle of Nashville (TN) (December 15-16, 1864).
Campaign of the Carolinas (March 1-April 26, 1865).
At the Bennett House (Raleigh NC) (April 26, 1865) when General Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee.
McCracken died on September 6, 1936 at the age of 89 years. He is buried in the Blair Cemetery in Blair (Washington County, Nebraska. He was the last member and a charter member of the Dix Post (#52) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Blair.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.