Brandon, Amos H. Miami Union 12/25/1902 Company B 71st OVI

Amos H. Brandon, born at Pleasant Hill, educated in the Buckeye school house and for many years a resident of the county, died in Indianapolis last October. His remains were brought to his old Buckeye home and interred in the beautiful Pleasant Hill cemetery, and he now sleeps peacefully near his Buckeye cradle. The Union gave an extended obituary notice at the time of his death.

Captain Brandon had an exceptionally brilliant war record, as the following facts, read at the time of funeral, attest:

On the 18th day of April, 1861, at the age of 17, he enlisted in Captain John Langston’s Co. E, 11th O.V.I. in the 3 months service in the Civil War for the preservation of the Union. He served over four months in this regiment and was honorably discharged as a private soldier, the rank in which he had enlisted.

On the 7th day of October, 1861 in re-enlisted in Captain H.K. McConnell’s Co. B, 71st O.V.I. as a private and on the 13th day of November, 1861, upon the organization of his company he was commissioned its Second Lieutenant. On May 31st, 1863, he was promoted to First Lieutenant; on the 23rd of August, 1863, to Captain of his Co., and on the 4th day of January, 1866, he was discharged, but as a recognition of long meritorious and gallant service was commissioned Major of his regiment by the Governor of Oho but he was not mustered in as such.

His promotions came to him unsought, as simple and just recognitions of his merits and as rapidly as vacancies would permit.

From the day of his enlistment to the dissolution of the Grand Army of the Union, Major Brandon was nothing but a soldier, and as a commander of troops, weather on foot or on horse he was unsurpassed. In had much experience and unfailing success in both. On his guidon are written, “Shiloh,” “Ft. Donelson,” “Atlanta,” “Franklin,” “Nashville,” “Spring Hill,” “Columbia,” and many more of the decisive battles of the war.

He would often take a few of his daring comrades and trustees, C.M. Anderson, George Grunder, Will McConnell, Joseph Reynolds, Geo. Midlam, John R. Johnson, E.R. Brandon, Joshua Mills, and such, done the gray uniforms, go beyond the lines, take supper with the officers of some confederate calvary detachment, and them return to this command and at early dawn next morning, and before reveille, pounce upon and capture the whole command.

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