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From "The History of Whitley County"

This entry details the military service of Joseph Fries and Franklin Freese; both listed side by side in this document. The name Franklin Freese appears on the Civil War memorial in front of the courthouse; but it does not contain the name of Joseph Fries. Even with differing spellings of the Fries surname, after a thorough examination of many records it is believed that these two were brothers.

There are conflicting records found in the Civil War records found on Ancestry.com; with one showing Joseph Fries was mustered out at the close of the civil war; and one record indicates he deserted. If he fought with General Sheridan against the indians after the Civil War, as stated in letter by Leo Joseph Fries, then it is unlikely that he was a deserter.

Joseph also went on to be a constable in Illinois, before settling with his wife to an agrarian lifestyle in Marion, Indiana. A search of military burial records does not turn up an interment for Joseph in the Marion National Cemetery; although George Fries states he is buried there. Further research is warranted.


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Linked toFrancois Xavier FRIES; Joseph FRIES

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