The Vidette-Messenger Centennial EditionThe 1936 special edition celebrating Porter County's centennial year . . . .

The following article has been transcribed from the August 18, 1936, issue of The Vidette-Messenger, published in Valparaiso, Indiana. This particular special edition focuses on Porter County's centennial celebration and contains a 94-page compendium of Porter County history up to that time.

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Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; August 18, 1936; Volume 10, Section 4, Page 11.


From Earliest Days Sons of Porter County Volunteered For Service With Old Glory

Men of Porter county were first called to the colors in 1847, when three regiments of Indiana volunteer infantry were recruited for service in the Mexican war.

Congress had declared war in Mexico May 11, 1846, at the request of President Polk and shortly after the Republic of Texas, which won its freedom from Mexican rule in 1838, had become annexed to the United States. Texas claimed the Rio Grande river as the southern boundary line of the state, and Mexico claimed the Nueces river as the boundary line. This was the spark that started the conflict.

In 1846, Joseph P. Smith, at that time clerk of Lake county, resigned his office and recruited a company, which was mustered into service in 1847.

The following Porter county men were among the members: Jacob Alyea, Daniel Brown, Oliver Conklin, Hudson S. Farwell, M. Hopkins, Clinton Jackson, David Mussellman, Simeon P. Patterson, Newell Pulsifer, Cyrus H. Risden, John Sparks, Lewis P. Streeter, and Gilbert Wariner. Daniel Brown and Newell Pullsifer were sergeants.

The company was not assigned to either of the three volunteer regiments raised in Indiana, but became Company H, Sixteenth United States Infantry, which regiment was commanded by Col. John W. Tibbets.

While in the service the principal duty of the company was to guard wagon trains. While not in any great battles, the company lost heavily through tropical sickness, due to climate. Of the 119 men who went out, only thirty-six returned. Oliver Conlin, Cyrus Risden and John Sparks, died while in service.

Other Porter county men served for other commands, but in the absence of muster rolls it is impossible to tell who they were or in what companies they served.

The crushing defeat of General Santa Ana at Cerro Gordo paved the way for the declaration of peace in 1848

Article transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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