Alfred Agan, was born in Southeast Township, Orange County, Indiana, some six miles north of Marengo, Indiana. He was the seventh child of James Agan (1806-1879) and Catherine Bingaman Agan (1808-1859). James Agan, was the first of nine children born to William and Mary Conley Agan.
The family migrated circa 1815, to Indiana from Guilford County, North Carolina. They settled along the buffalo trace to the north of the Blue River, in Orange County. Ten years earlier, the Stroud Family had settled to the south of the buffalo trace in present day Crawford County, Indiana.
William Agan, the grandfather of Alfred Agan, passed away before the completion of his transaction with the United States government regarding a land grant in present day Orange County, Indiana. An abstract that was once in the possession of A. Lloyd Stroud shows that a deed was granted by the United States of America for the N.W. 1/4 Sec. 20 Twp. 1,S and Range 2 E to the heirs of William Agan on 13 January 1825. A second deed (located by Lance Stroud) shows land granted by the United States of America to William Agan for the S.W. 1/4 of N.E. 1/4 of Sec. 19 Twp. 1,S and Range 2E.
Alfred, the fifth child of William and Mary, requested a court settlement of the estate, circa 1837. Named as heirs were: James, Susannah Agan Lockhart, John, William, Milton, Francis, Lewis, Mary Agan Weathers and the widow, Mary Conley Agan. (Lance Stroud obtained a picture of the third generation of the William Agan children setting in front of the remaining fireplace wall of the original Agan farm house in Southeast Township, Orange County.)
When Alfred Agan was 19 years old, his mother Catherine Bingaman Agan passed away in October. He continued to live on the family farm with his father James, where he took up farming, following in his father's footsteps.
The Agan Family Cemetery is located on the old
farmstead now owned by William L. and Linda Manship Key. William, a
descendant of the Agan family, erected a monument in 2009, marking
the graves of nineteen members of the Agan family.
Near the beginning of the American Civil War, Alfred was prompted by a spirit of loyalty and he tendered his services in defense of the Union. In July 1861, Alfred enlisted as a private for 3 years in Company B, 24th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. Captain Soloman Dill was the company commander. Dill's company left for Paoli or Vincennes, Indiana, going through Orleans and Mitchell, Indiana. The folks in these towns assembled in the public squares to see the boys off. No county in the State of Indiana had ever made up two companies of volunteers and sent them into camp in a shorter time period than Orange County. Reliable sources indicate over 300 men had volunteered from Orange County alone.
Camp Knox issued uniforms and new Harper's Ferry muskets and six Enfield rifles to each company. This regiment left the state 19 August 1861, then joined Fremont's Army at St Louis, and moved to the interior of Missouri. Alfred had the duty of seeing that the horses were watered and fed each day.
In Feb 1862, the 24th Regiment was ordered to Fort Donelson, Tennessee, and reached Paducah, Kentucky, the day after the Fort surrendered. The 24th then moved to Fort Henry, Tennessee, and later joined Grant's army at Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee. The regiment was conspicuously engaged at the battle of Shiloh, Tennessee, where Lieutenant Colonel Gerber was killed. Colonel Hovey was promoted to brigadier general on April 28, and Major Spicely was commissioned as colonel. The regiment participated in the siege of Corinth, Mississippi, moving from there to Memphis, Tennessee, then was transferred to Helena, Arkansas, where it remained until the spring of 1863.
The 24th Regiment moved with Hovey's division of the 13th corps to the Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi, and was in nearly all of the skirmishes and battles of that campaign, including Port Gibson, Mississippi, (18 killed and wounded) and Champion's Hill, Mississippi, charging and defeating the enemy at the latter place. The total force for the 24th Indiana was less than 500 men at Champion Hill. It suffered losses of forty percent, with 27 killed, 166 wounded and 8 missing. The regiment was in the trenches before Vicksburg from 19 May to 4 July, and was then stationed near New Orleans, Louisiana, until 1 January 1864.
The 24th regiment re-enlisted as a veteran organization in January 1864, and returned home on furlough. The regiment passed the year at various points in Louisiana.
Alfred Agan was discharged 30 July 1864. He returned home to Southeast Township to wed Mary Ann Kimbrel on 1 March 1866. The children from this union were James Lemuel, William Bingaman, John Robert, Emma Jane (great grandmother of Lance Stroud), Mary Etta, and Cora Ellen.
Mary Ann Kimbrel Agan (1845-1884) passed away at the young age of 39 leaving Alfred with children aged 2, 8, 11, 13, 15, and 17. Mary Ann Kimbrel Agan was buried along side her parents Lemuel L. Kimbrel (1817-1889) and Mary Wood Kimbrel (1817-1890) in Providence Cemetery, located 4 miles north-west of Hardinsburg, Indiana.
On 1 January 1885, Alfred was remarried to thirty year old Ruth Hannah Jones (1855-1915). From this marriage one child was born: Thomas Edgar Agan.
Alfred Agan was buried in Marengo Cemetery next to his second wife, Ruth Hannah Jones Agan, who passed away fifteen days after Alfred in 1915.
(My grandfather, Floyd Stroud, was twelve years old in 1915, and would speak very fondly of his grandpa Agan and of his grandpa's love of horses. The story goes that during the Civil War he was appointed by the commander of company B to care for the livestock. He had the duty of seeing that the horses were watered and fed each day. Grandpa Agan so admired General Logan, his division commander at the battles of Port Gibson, Champion Hill, and Vicksburg, that he named his best horse after the General.)
Compiled and submitted by Lance Stroud, July 2009.