Ingream brings out ancestor’s Civil War memorabilia

Arvid Ingream has family heirlooms dating to the Civil War. His great-grandfather was a soldier for the north during the conflict. Some of Isaac Ingream’s personal possessions have been kept safely by his descendants.

A collection of local Civil War memorabilia will be on display in the Allison-Antrim  Museum barn during The Skirmish on the Square this week. Included will be items that belonged to the great-grandfather of Greencastle resident Arvid Ingream. They will be presented along with artifacts of the Greencastle-Antrim Civil War Round Table.

Ingream has in safekeeping items that belonged to Isaac Ingream, who served two stints in the Union Army during the Civil War. A paper document, for which Isaac probably paid an extra $2 to obtain, is a colorful record of his years as a soldier. The paper, with faded handwritten script, boasts battle scenes and a picture of President Abraham Lincoln. It was published “expressly for the Army and Navy record company.”

Ingream, 69, doesn’t know much about his ancestor. Isaac was born in the Walnut Bottom area of Shippensburg. From information on the document, he enlisted October 16, 1862 in Cumberland County and was mustered into service in Chambersburg. He was an infantry private in Company F, 158th Regiment. Isaac spent time in Virginia and Pennsylvania and was discharged August 12, 1863.

He re-enlisted a year later as a sergeant in Company G, 202nd Regiment. The record mentions Captain S. B. Diehl, Colonel N.B. Kilben, “Mead” in pursuit of Lee retreating from Gettysburg, the Manassas railroad and  Moseby’s guerillas. Isaac was discharged June 3, 1865, “in account of the close of the war.”

Ingream believes Isaac served the second time as a substitute for another man, and could have been paid $500 to do so.

Other items passed through the family include a bayonet, belt buckle, mechanical toothpicks, metal buttons and a horsebleeder. The latter has sharp blades that Ingream understands were used to calm overheated horses who otherwise would die in battle.

“They would get rambunctious and full of adrenaline, so the soldiers drained their blood to cool them down,” he said.

Ingream never met his great-grandfather, but remembers as a child meeting some of his offspring. His grandfather Orland’s siblings were John, George and Minnie. His father was also named Orland. Isaac’s generation was buried in Shippensburg but the rest of Ingream’s direct family lived in Greencastle.

Ingream will pass along the artifacts to the next generation. He and his wife Norma have three children, Jeff, Lisa Shelly and Scott, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.