Joe Skvarenina, Hancock County Historian told the Greenfield Kiwanis about Hancock County’s role in the Civil War. The County Historian is appointed by the Indiana Historical Society.
Skvarenina related that Hancock County had 209 residents die in the Civil War. The county was generally pro-union but there were some confederate sympathizers. Among the Hancock county residents serving was James Whitcomb Riley’s father. Reuben.
Captain Reuben Riley raised a group of volunteers to fight for the Union. Riley was Captain of Company I, 8th Regiment, Greenfield Infantry, that participated in the battle of Rich Mountain Virginia. During that battle Captain Riley received a severe concussion. He was honorably discharged in 1863.
Skvarenina is the author of several books about Hancock County History including his latest book, Civil War Era in Hancock County Indian, coauthored with Sue Barker and Elayne Stewart.