Jacob E. Nerman was born in Louisville, Ky., Aug. 26, 1844, and became a resident of Floyd Co., Ind., in 1854. His father, Peter Nerman, now deceased, was a school boy with Gens. William T. Sherman and Ewing’s at Lancaster, O. His mother, Sallie (Deutch) is also deceased. He was married Aug. 29, 1871, in New Albany, Ind., in New Albany, Ind., to Elizabeth Dinkle who was born in Floyd Co., Ind. in 1853. Her father, Wm. H. Dinkle has gone to his reward but her mother, Malinda (Rue) is still spared. Of this union, their was born seven children: William E., Charles J., James F. dec., Laura M. dec., Hazel E., Maggie E. and Jesse R. dec. Comrade Nerman was engaged in farming when he entered the Union army from New Albany, Ind., Feb. 12, 1864, at the age of 19 years. He became a private in Co. H., 38th Ind. V.I., 1st Brig., 1st Div., 14th A.C. He was slightly wounded at the battle of Jonesboro. He took active part in the Atlanta Campaign, Lovejoy Station, Jonesboro, Atlanta to the Sea, the Carolinas, Bentonville, and Grand Review at Washington, D.C. He was honorably discharged July 15, 1865, at Louisville, Ky. March 25, 1867, he re-enlisted in Co. E, 45th U.S. Inf. Reg. Army, at Jeffersonville and was promoted to Corp., Sergt., and 1st. Sergt. He was again discharged at expiration of term March 25, 1870, in Nashville, Tenn., re-enlisting same day in Co. K, 14th U.S Inft. for a term of five years. In 1871, he was furloughed for thirty days and reported for duty at Sydney, Neb. He took part in guard and garrison duty at Chattanooga, Nashville, Ft. Randall, Omaha, Ft. Sedwick, Sydney Mountain, Ft. Larmie, Mo. and Ft. Douglas. He was again honorably discharged Oct. 16, 1875, at Ft. Douglas, Utah. Oct. 16, 1875, he re-enlisted for the fourth and last time at Ft. Douglas, immediately upon his last discharge, in Co. K, 14th U.S. V.I. He was detailed to guard supply trains from Ft. Medacinabow to Ft. Fetterman, camp at old fort on Power river, back to Ft. Fetterman, thence to Ft. Douglas, Rolins campaign in which Maj. Tornburg was killed and on to White River agency, then to Snake River to build bridges, White River, Ft. Douglas where he contracted rheumatism and heart disease caused from continuous and arduous campaigning for fifteen years. He was finally honorably discharged Oct. 15, 1880, at Ft. Douglas, Utah. Comrade Nerman is by occupation a farmer and his address is Edwardsville, Indiana.
From the book, Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen Vol. II
H.H. Hardesty, Publisher
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