The subject of this record was a native of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, where he was born in 1828. His parents, neither of whom are living, where John and Elizabeth (Fostner) Nafius. He was united by marriage in 1852 in Floyd county, Indiana, to Jane Hinkley. His wife was born in 1831 in Floyd county, Indiana, and was a daughter of Jacob and Charity (Coin) Hinkley, parents long deceased. Three children were the issue of this marriage: Alfred dec., Theodore C. and Harry L., born in the order given. Comrade Nafius was a contractor and was 33 years of age when the late War of the Rebellion broke out. He responded to the second call for volunteers, enlisting July 23, 1861, at New Albany, Ind., for three years as a private in Co. C, 49th Ind. V.I., and was unanimously elected Capt. of his Co. He was never wounded or in hospital during his term of service; he was granted a furlough of thirty days January, 1864, near Vicksburg; this was renewed for sixty days and he reported for duty March, 1864 at Matagora Bay. With this exception, he was constantly engaged with his command, taking and active part in the following engagements: Cumberland Gap, Chickasaw Bayou, Champion Hill, Grand Gulf, Thompson Hill, Black River, Arkansas Post, assault on Vicksburg three times, Black River Bridge, Jackson, Red River Expedition and Nashville; his term of service having expired, he was honorably discharged, Dec., 1864, at Indianapolis, Ind. His wife’s father, J.B. Hinkley was in the government service on the river; her brother, Wm. B., served in 23d Ind. V.I. as engineer in gunboat service. Comrade Nafius is a member of Sanderson Encampment, U.V.L. No. 21, he is a recipient of a pension, he is a builder and contractor and resides in New Albany, Indiana.
From the book, Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen Vol. II
H.H. Hardesty, Publisher
N.Y., Toledo, Chicago
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Copyright 2004 by Sharon Pike