Thomas Hanger was born in Georgetown twp., Floyd Co., Ind. Nov. 11, 1844, of parents, David and Nancy (Tyler) Hanger, both deceased. He was married in his native county Sept. 24, 1868, to Candace Cole, who was also born in this county Sept. 22, 1849. Her father, George H. Cole is deceased as is also her mother, Mary J. (Wright) Cole. By this marriage, there are five children, born in the order here given: Nancy E., Cora E., Thomas V., William R. and Laura E. Comrade Hanger was but 17 years old and he was engaged in farming at the time of his enlistment which occurred Nov. 24, 1861, at Louisville, Ky., as a private in Co. K, 6th Ky. V.I, 2nd Brig., 4th Div., 4th A.C. He was slightly wounded at the battle of Stone River and was taken prisoner at Chickamauga, but escaped same day. In 1861, he was held in hospital a short time on account of measles, was transferred to Columbia a few days, Nashville three or four weeks. He was also treated in field hospital at Chattanooga, Tenn., for diarrhea and piles. He was honorably discharged from this enlistment in the winter of 1863-4; to re-enlist as a veteran in same command. In the spring of 1865 he was transferred at Nashville, Tenn., to Co. F, 4th Ky. V.I., to serve out his unexpired term. He participated in engagements of Shiloh, Corinth, Perryville, Stone River, Chickamauga, Knoxville Campaign, Atlanta Campaign, Selma, Wilson Raid and Missionary Ridge. He was given a veteranís furlough of thirty days at re-enlistment and was finally honorably discharged Aug. 18, 1865, at Louisville, Ky. A brother, Wm. Served in 13 Ind. Cav.† His grandfather, Frederick Hanger served in the War of 1812, as did also his wifeís grandfather, Wright, the latter ranking as Capt.† Comrade Hanger is a member of Sanderson Post, he is at present engaged in farming and his address is Edwardsville, Ind.
From the book, Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen Vol. II
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