Greensburg in Decatur County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Civil War General John T. Wilder
Wilder (1830-1917), resident of Greensburg circa 1858-1869, built this home 1865-1866. He was millwright and inventor; provided major employment in the area. Enlisted in Civil War; appointed lieutenant colonel of Seventeenth Indiana Volunteer Infantry 1861 by Indiana Governor Oliver P. Morton.
In 1863, Wilder commanded a brigade which included mounted infantry equipped with new Spencer repeating rifles. Use of rifles helped troops defeat Confederates at Hoover's Gap; earned them nickname Wilder's Lightning Brigade. Wilder was breveted Brigadier General 1864, after Chickamauga.
Erected 2001 by Indiana Historical Bureau and Wal-Mart. (Marker Number 16.2001.1.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
Location. 39° 20.208′ N, 85° 28.682′ W. Marker is in Greensburg, Indiana, in Decatur County. Marker is on East Main Street (State Road 46) west of North Lathrop Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 446 East Main Street, Greensburg IN 47240, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured The Naegel Building (approx. ¼ mile away); Colonel Thomas Hendricks / Elizabeth Trimble Hendricks (approx. ¼ mile away); Decatur County Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Decatur County All Wars Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Donnell -V.- State, 1852 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Spanish American War Veterans (approx. 0.3 miles away); Decatur County Court House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Decatur County (Indiana) Bridge 140 (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greensburg.
Also see . . .
1. Military Biography ::. Courtesy "Civil War Trust" a Military Biography and battlefield links. (Submitted on July 19, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
2. Colonel Wilder’s Lightning Brigade. Part of the New York Times' Disunion series, Phil Leigh's article (12/25/2012) tells the story Wilder's Lightning Brigade. In the 1880's, Wilder had an unusual business venture: "...He built the luxury Cloudland Hotel atop 6,300-foot Roan Mountain. A line marking the state boundary was drawn down the middle of the dining room, serving alcoholic beverages on one side only. The hotel eventually failed, but the hotel is remembered today with a marker on the Appalachian Trail...." (Submitted on December 26, 2012.)
3. Photos of Dedication (Courtesy - Indiana Historical Bureau):. (Submitted on January 21, 2013, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 19, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 970 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 19, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.