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Thomas Hubler
Thomas Hubler gravesite

Oakwood Cemetery contains the memorial to who is said to be the youngest Civil War Veteran.  Thomas L.F. Hubler was born in Fort Wayne on October 9, 1851. The family moved to Warsaw when he was two. At the outbreak of the war, his father who had been a German soldier, raised a company of men in response to President Lincoln's call for 75,000 troops. "Little Tommy" was among the first to enlist in his father's company on April 17, 1861.

Already a fair drummer, upon arriving in Indianapolis he was mustered in as one of the company musicians. The Company E, 12th Indiana Infantry, was assigned with the Army of the Potomac throughout all its campaigns in Maryland and Virginia. At the expiration of its term of service in August of 1862, "Little Tommy" re-enlisted and served to the end of the war in 1865, having been present in some 26 battles. Just over the age of ten, he was the youngest soldier who served in the Union Army during the Civil War.



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