Barrett Reckard

BirthDec. 9, 1842
DeathFeb. 9, 1933
CemeteryStanton (Stanton)
PostKendall (Stanton)
Unit44th Indiana Infantry, Company E

Private Barrett Reckard

Company E, 44th Indiana Infantry

Company F, 3rd Battalion, Pioneer Brigade

Reckard was born in Vermont on December 9, 1842. He was living in South Whitley (Whitley County), Indiana when he enlisted and was mustered in the 44th Indiana Infantry on November 22, 1861. Reckard served about 32 months before he transferred to another unit. On July 18, 1864 he became a member of the 3rd Battalion, Pioneer Brigade. The unit constructed bridges and railroads and removed obstructions to assist the deployment of troops. Reckard was an artificer or a skilled craftsman in the Brigade. He served with that outfit until September 29, 1865.

The 44th Indiana Infantry was organized and mustered at Fort Wayne on November 22, 1861. During Reckard’s enlistment, the unit was involved in several major battles. A partial list includes:

Capture of Fort Donelson (TN) (February 14-16, 1862).

Battle of Shiloh (TN) (April 6-7, 1862). The casualty count was 15 killed and 34 wounded.

Battle of Stone’s River (TN) (December 30-31, 1862 – January 1-3, 1863).

Battle of Chickamauga (GA) (September 19-20, 1863).

Reckard died on February 9, 1933 at the age of 90 years. He is buried in the IOOF Cemetery in Stanton (Stanton County), Nebraska. He was one of the last members of Kendall Post (#190) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Stanton. In addition, he was a member of the Mead Post (#67) in Long Pine, the Holland Post (#75) in Crete, and the Coates Post (#107) in Dorchester.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.