Sgt. George E. Finney, 19th Indiana Infantry Regiment

Posted: March 13, 2014 in Civil War
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George E Finney, Sergeant, CO H, 19th Indiana Infantry Regiment.

Finney, a resident of Elizabethtown, Indiana, would later serve as a Lieutenant and then Adjutant of the 20th Indiana Regiment. Finney would respond to a request from David Stephenson, who had announced to the citizens of Indiana that he was looking for “A complete list of our brave soldiers who have died from sickness or fallen on the battlefield. It is my aim to do justice to the living, and to embalm in the hearts of Indiana’s sons the memory of the patriotic dead who have fallen in defense of our national government.” Finney’s account of the 19th Indiana’s role in the war from its inception until August 1st, 1863 would appear in Stephenson’s “Indiana’s Roll of Honor,” published in 1864. Many minor errors and omissions in the text, however, indicate that someone not familiar with the regiment may have had a hand in editing Finney’s document.


“On Many a Bloody Field,” by Alan D. Gaff, 1996

“Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana, Volume 2,” 1865

Photo courtesy of the Indiana State Library

  1. Matthew says:

    I really appreciate that you source everything, including the small biographical sketches. Too few people do. Are they going towards a historical work as well or do they all become part of your novel writing?

    • Hi Matthew! Great to see you again!

      Sourcing is vital for a couple of reasons. First, I want to show that I’m not pulling material out of my own orifices, and second, those who have gone before us in writing about those I’m writing about deserve as much respect as the subjects themselves.

      Most of my bios will have nothing to do with any future work. They’re simply tributes to men that I hold in high regard. For what they’ve sacrificed and accomplished, they should be immortalized on paper.

  2. Seth says:

    George E Finney is my 2nd Great Grandfather. I am proud to see your posts about him. He was a great man and went on to accomplish many great things after the war.

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