Abraham Bates Tower: Civil War Veteran
Andersonville Prison Survivor and My Great-Great Grandfather
Years ago, I read Andersonville by MacKinley Kantor and was appalled at the starvation and hardships that the prisoners endured there during the Civil War. Little did I know that my own great-great-grandfather was a prisoner there after being captured at the Battle of Brice's Crossroads.
Unfortunately we often don't become interested in our genealogy and family history until late in life. By then, many of the people who could answer our questions are gone. I'm lucky that my parents are still alive at 87 and my mother put in many years of dedicated research on the family tree. When older relatives passed away, many of them left their photos and memorabilia to my mom. She became the family historian.
Here's what I was able to find out about Abraham Bates Tower, my great-great grandfather, who fought in the Civil War.
(photo from our family album)
Abraham Bates Tower's Pocket Diary from the Civil War - August 4, 1865 - A List of Men in the 93rd Indiana Infantry
Follow the 93rd Indiana Infantry - in the Civil War (click on the red arrow to see the dates/notes)
Abraham Bates Tower's Civil War Pension Record lists him as Company G. My mother's research found something showing him enlisted with Company B (possibly a mis-reading of a handwritten document). There is a complete listing at Civil War Archive online. Not all of the locations show on the map as some place names may be too small or have died out.
I Looked for a Book about the 93rd Indiana Infantry - but only found other letters and diaries of other Indiana regiments
I'll probably get a few of these to read so I'll have some concept of the day-to-day life of Abraham Bates Tower as an infantryman.
Further down on this webpage, you'll see more books about Indiana Infantry in the Civil War.
More Information about the 93rd Indiana Infantry
- 93rd Indiana Infantry Rosters
Links to the 93rd Indiana Infantry Officer Roster - Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana, Volume 3, by W.H.H. Terrell, Adjutant General, Indiana, 1866 View Entire Book and to 93rd Indiana Infantry Soldier Roster - Report of the Adj
- Following the 93rd Indiana Infantry
This is a page that I created showing the location of the 93rd Indiana Infantry at different times during the Civil War.
- 93rd Indiana Infantry
A page I made with further information about this regiment.
- Enlisted Men of Company G, 93rd Indiana Infantry
Research on individuals who served in Company G with my great-great grandfather.
My First Introduction to Andersonville - the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by MacKinlay Kantor
An epic account of the notorious prison camp in Southwest Georgia which operated from February 1864 till the end of the Civil War. There are not-always subtle parallels between Andersonville and the concentration camps of Nazi Germany. The horrors of the prison are contrasted with outside digressions. One digression is the prisoners' memories of happier times in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and in what is called York State. Kantor's aim is to make the prisoners real people, not just faceless statistics. Another digression is the existence of residents in the vicinity of the stockade, whose lives are blighted by the neighboring corruption. Many readers have commented on Kantor's decision not to use quotation marks....It gives the narrative a tougher, more documentary tone, appropriate for such a grim topic. Grim it ineviatably is. (review by Edward on Amazon)
Abraham Tower Survived Andersonville
This is how a Civil War soldier imagines his homecoming.... (see photo below)
For Abraham Bates Tower, it was quite different. He was released on parole December 6, 1864 weighing only 73 pounds. He spent some time in a Union hospital as his health was seriously affected by starvation and scurvy in the prison. When he returned to Indiana, his wife and children were no longer there. Thinking he was dead, his wife had moved to Missouri to live with her sister. Abraham finally found them. He died in Tyro, Kansas on February 8, 1930 at the age of 93.
The photo on the right shows Abraham with his family later in life. He had four more children after the Civil War and my great-grandmother was one of them.
Gail Martin's Book Includes a Section about Abraham Bates Tower - Her Great-Grandfather
This is my mother's book.
A childhood on the Kansas prairies in the 1930s springs vividly to life in the detailed memories of Gail Martin. Her simple accounts of long ago school days, celebrations and family life are a treasure. Travel back in time to life in the Flint Hills during the Great Depression and the time leading up to World War II.
The memories include her father's work in the oil field, trips to town in the family's Model A, raising her pet badger, fishing on the Cottonwood River, and wearing dresses made from feed sack material.
This edition includes a section with About The Author and a McGhee, Vining, and Tower Family Album.
To read the whole book, order it at that website. It is print-on-demand, so it takes two or three weeks for printing and mailing.
Two sections of the book includes family memories and photos of Abraham Bates Tower.
In October 2010, the book was awarded the Ferguson Kansas History Book Award.
- Civil War Records
Civil War Records on Access Genealogy
- Cyndi's List - U.S. - Civil War / War for Southern Independence
More than 270,000 links! 260,000 links, categorized & cross-referenced, in over 180 categories. Another 10,000+ uncategorized new links in the works.
- Military History Online
Civil War Genealogy by Regiment
- Civil War Records
Genealogical resources available at the National Archives and Records Administration
- American Civil War Research Database
American Civil War Research Database; a database of over 4 million American Civil War Union and Confederate soldiers fully searchable by soldier's name and by regiments. The American Civil War Research Database will assist military tactics, reenactme
Civil War diaries on eBay - Letters and diaries from the Civil War are much sought after
Civil War Items on eBay - This changes regularly
FREDRICK SUMMA, PVT., CO. K, 67th IND. REG'T INF. VOLUNTEERS
and The Battle of The Bridge
by JAMES W. LONG | Make Your Own Book
Find More Indiana Infantry Books on eBay - Many of the Civil War Regimental Histories are Out-of-Print
If you can't find the Indiana Infantry book that you want on my list above, check this eBay auction list. It changes frequently as fresh items are posted for bidding.
A Photo of a Soldier in the Indiana 93rd Infantry - Perhaps even in the same company as my great-great grandfather
Read More about Nathan Forrest
Forrest at Brice's Cross Roads and in North Mississippi in 1864 by Edwin C. Bearss
Abraham Tower's Brother Died Shortly after This Battle
Battle of Stones River at Munfreesboro
The cemetery records gives Nashville, Tennessee as his place of death.
Links to Tower Family Genealogy Online
- Family Tree Maker's Genealogy Site: Genealogy Report: Descendants of Robert Tower
This page shows Abraham Bates Tower was born March 25, 1832 in Crawford Co, IN, and died in 1930 in Tyro, Montgomery Co. KS.
- Abraham Bates Tower - After the Civil War
Abraham Bates Tower lived into his 90s in Missouri and later Kansas after reuniting with his family when the Civil War ended.
- Decendants of Abraham Bates Tower
The information that I'm collecting on Abraham's children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, etc.
- Abraham Tower before the Civil War
Find out about Tower family history and A.B. Tower's early life in Indiana. This currently includes information about his grandparents, great-grandparents, etc. but eventually I plan to make a separate web page for that information. I will put the li
Map Showing Location of Hingham, England
If you've come this far in looking up information about Abraham Bates Tower, perhaps we are distant relatives. If you are descended from A.B. Tower, please click on my profile picture, and then on the CONTACT button. I'd love to hear what you know about the family history.
Last updated on August 4, 2013
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