SOME NOTES ON GENERAL PLEASANT A. HACKLEMAN
Born on Novembver 14, 1814, in the log cabin built by his father, Major John Hackleman (War of 1812) According to family history notes written by his daughter Fanny Hackleman Ayres, the cabin was built in 1808 about three miles south of Brookville, IN, on the John Hackleman property.
Studied law with John Matson, Esq. of Brookville and was admitted to the bar in 1837.
Moved to Rushville, IN, in 1837 with his wife (Sarah Bradburn) and family, where he quickly became a prominent leader.
Served as Rush Circuit Judge from 1837 to 1841. Was appointed clerk of the court in 1842 and was elected to that position from 1848 to 1855.
Founded The Rushville Whig (newspaper which later became The Rushville Republican) and served as editor from 1840 to 1862.
Elected to the State House of Representatives in 1841, was twice selected as candidate for U.S. Congress (Whig in 1847 and Republican in 1858).
Was a delegate to the Chicago Convention that nominated Abraham Lincoln for president.
Was appointed by Lincoln as one of three Peace Commissioners from the North to meet with three from the South in an attempt to reconcile differences and avert the Civil War.
Volunteered his services when the conflict began and was appointed Colonel of the Indiana Volunteers, 16th Regiment.
Appointed Brigadier General and served under General Halleck at Corinth, Mississippi.
In 1862 was placed in command of the "1st Brigade of the 2nd Division of the Army of the Mississippi" commanded by General Grant where he remained until his death. He was shot in action on October 3rd, 1862, while at the head of his brigade near Corinth.
General P.A. Hackleman, the only Brigadier General from Indiana killed in action during the Civil War, is buried in East Hill Cemetery in Rushville, IN.
The "birth place cabin home" of General Hackleman was moved to Rushville in 1923 after it was learned that it was to be demolished. It has served as a memorial since that time. It is toured by students studying history and is open for special occasions and by appointment. It is furnished with household items used during the pioneer era. Pictures and other memorabilia of General Hackleman have been placed on the walls.
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