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Huntington in Huntington County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

General James R. Slack

1818 - 1881

 
 
General James R. Slack Marker image. Click for full size.
By Willard McKinzie, July 8, 2011
1. General James R. Slack Marker
Inscription. James R. Slack was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, on September 28,1818. He moved to Indiana in 1837. He was admitted to the bar on his 22nd birthday and moved to Huntington. Two years later he was elected county auditor, an office he held for 9 years. He also served in the Indiana State Senate for seven terms. After the outbreak of the Civil War Slack was appointed colonel of the 47th Indiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment, a unit of men from the 11th Congressional District organized at Anderson. Slack would assume the brigade leadership from time to time in the next four years of war. Slack led the regiment at the Battle of Champion Hill, part of the Battle of Vicksburg in 1863.

"His military career is worthy of grateful remember of his countrymen. He was wise in council, energetic in achievement, unflagging in zeal, ever vigilant true and unmurmuring. No officer looked more carefully after the interest and welfare at his command: hence their devotion to him to the last."
(From, an 1887 history of General Slack)

Returning to his law practice in Huntington, he was appointed to the eighth circuit court - bench and was elected for two more terms in 1872 and 1878. Slack ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 1880. His home was located on this site. He died on July 28,1881. He was buried in Mount Hope Cemetery in Huntington.

General James R. Slack Marker image. Click for full size.
By Willard McKinzie, July 27, 2011
2. General James R. Slack Marker

 
Location. 40° 53.148′ N, 85° 29.719′ W. Marker is in Huntington, Indiana, in Huntington County. Marker is on Guilford St. near E. John St., on the left when traveling south. Click for map. This marker is located in a flower bed at the SW corner of General Slack Park. By the intersection of Guilford and E. John Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Huntington IN 46750, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Huntington High School (here, next to this marker); Rock House (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Burk's Lock (about 700 feet away); Canal Landing on Washington Street / Jefferson Park Mall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Huntington County War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ex Parte Milligan (approx. 0.3 miles away); In Memory of the Huntington County Boys who lost their lives in the Great War. (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Huntington County Courthouse (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Huntington.
 
More about this marker. Contains a photo of General Slack.
 
Also see . . .  Col. James R. Slack - The Battle of Champion Hill. (Submitted on July 29, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Categories. Notable PersonsPatriots & PatriotismWar, US Civil
 
General James R. Slack Marker image. Click for full size.
By Willard McKinzie, July 8, 2011
3. General James R. Slack Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Willard McKinzie of Huntington, Indiana. This page has been viewed 587 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Willard McKinzie of Huntington, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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