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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

John Willis Fallis - by Flora Fallis

John Willis Fallis 19 May 1844 – 20 Sept 1923

John Willis Fallis was born to Lewis Fallis and Christina Sutton on 19th of May 1844 at Moorsburg, Pulaski, Indiana. He fought in the Civil War in the 73rd Indiana Regiment Infantry Company H. He was a private during this time.

73rd REGIMENT INFANTRY was Organized at South Bend, Ind., and mustered in August 16, 1862. Ordered to Lexington, Ky. Evacuation of Lexington August 31. Attached to 20th Brigade, 6th Division, Army of the Ohio, September, 1862. 20th Brigade, 6th Division, 2nd Corps, Army of the Ohio, to November, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, Left Wing 14th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to January, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 21st Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to April, 1863. Streight's Provisional Brigade. Dept. of the Cumberland, to May, 1863. Prisoners of war to December, 1863. Post and District of Nashville, Tenn., Dept. of the Cumberland, to January, 1864. 1st Brigade, District of Nashville, Tenn., Dept. of the Cumberland, January, 1864. 1st Brigade, Rousseau's 3rd Division, 12th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to April, 1864. 1st Brigade, 4th Division, 20th Army Corps, Dept. of the Cumberland, to March, 1865. District of Northern Alabama, Dept. of the Cumberland, to June, 1865.

SERVICE.--Pursuit of Bragg, to Loudon, Ky., October 1-22, 1862. Battle of Perryville. Ky., October 8. March to Nashville, Tenn., October 22-November 9, and duty there till December 26. Advance on Murfreesboro, Tenn., December 26-30. Battle of Stone's River December 30-31, 1862, and January 1-3, 1863. Duty at Murfreesboro till April. Reconnoissance to Nolensville and Versailles January 13-15. Streight's Raid to Rome, Ga., April 26-May 3. Day's Gap, Sand Mountain, Crooked Creek and Hog Mountain April 30. East Branch, Black Warrior Creek, May 1. Blount's Farm and Center May 2. Cedar Bluff May 3. Regiment captured. Reorganized and rejoined army at Nashville, Tenn., December, 1863. Guard duty along Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad, and picketing Tennessee River from Draper's Ferry to Limestone Point. Headquarters at Triana till September, 1864. Paint Rock Bridge April 8, 1864. Scout from Triana to Somerville July 29 (Detachment). Action at Athens, Ala.. October 1-2. Defence of Decatur October 26-29. Duty at Stevenson, Ala., till January, 1865. At Huntsville, Ala., and along Mobile & Charleston Railroad till July. Gurley's Tank February 16, 1865 (Detachment). Mustered out July 1, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 3 Officers and 41 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 191 Enlisted men by disease. Total 241

As a result of his Civil War service, his face was disfigured on one side. He moved west to Missouri, where he married Fannie Clara Jarvis on 4 Dec 1897 at Rock Port, Atchison, Missouri. They continued traveling west, finally setting in Escalante, Garfield, Utah. They had 2 children. He died on the 20th of September 1923.

Sources: http://civilwarindiana.com/reg_history_inf0.html, Interview with Flora Dean Fallis.

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