Biography of Robert T. Alyea
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ROBERT T. ALYEA, son of John R. and Susan (Thompson) Alyea, was born in Butler County, Ohio, in 1833; was reared on aflirm in Porter and Decatur Counties. In August. 1861, he enlisted in the Seventh Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry: was mustered in at Indianapolis, and went from there to Elk Water, Va., where he went into camp. They were in the battle of Cheat Mountain, Winchester, Ft. Republic, Bull Run, Gettysburg, and in front of Petersburg, battle of the Wilderness, Fredericksburg, Weldon R. R., Spottsylvania Court House, Manassas Junction, Harper's Ferry, Slaughter Mountains. Crab Apple Grove and many others. His regiment had 1,040 men when they started out under Col. Dumont, and when they returned there were only 250. At Ft. Republic they lost 118 men in one hour, the rebels numbering three to one of them, but still they held the enemy in check. Mr. Alyea was shot through the sleeve, bruising his arm, but not cutting it. Mr. Alyea is a prominent farmer in Jackson Township and has spent all his life clearing and improving land. He was married, in 1864, to Miss Ruth Cheek, of Decatur County; her parents were natives of Indiana. and among the early settlers of Decatur County. Six children have blessed this union; Ira G., Ina B., Edgar L., Lily May, Albert O. and Elmer C.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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