The book The Men of the 100th Indiana Infantry, Company C, written by Cheri Rupert Mattox, was presented to the genealogy department of the LaGrange County Library at the April Genealogical Society meeting.
When asked what prompted her to write the book, Mattox said, “Several years ago a cousin of my grandfather's gave me my great- great-grandfather's (Thomas Lewis Oliver) powder horn that he carried in the Civil War. I felt a connection with the Civil War and Thomas Oliver. My grandfather was raised by his grandparents, Thomas and Mary Oliver, so I felt a connection because of that also.”
“I was on a genealogy research trip to Washington, D.C. in 2009 and one of the things I looked up at the National Archives was Thomas Oliver's Civil War Service and Pension records,” Mattox continued. “It was a unique feeling to touch the same papers that my great-great-grandparents had also touched and signed. It was on the way home from that trip that I decided to find out about all of the men who fought with the same company as Thomas.”
When she returned to Washington, D.C.in 2010, she looked at and copied as many of the pension and service records of each man that she could find. “I also wanted to know what happened to these men after the war,” Mattox stated. The records, along with many hours online, resulted in the information she has included in her book.
For Mattox, the book has been a labor of love and a tribute to Thomas Oliver and the men of Company C of the 100th Indiana Infantry.