Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Allen Gentry 42nd Indiana Infantry.

Allen Gentry, was born in Spencer county, Indiana, March 3, 1842, and entered the United State service with the organization of the 42nd., regiment Indiana Volunteers, Infantry, at the age of nineteen years as Corporal of company H., of the regiment and color bearer for the regiment.  From Corporal he was promoted in reglar line till he reached the rank of Lieutenant, in which he was mustered out with the regiment.  He held a commission as a officer before he was twenty years old.  being the youngest officer in the regiment.  He is a prosperous farmer now with a residence near Rockport, Indiana, enjoying the confidence and respect of all.
Allen Gentry, died on July 4, 1926, his burial was at Sunset Hill, Cemetery, Rockport, Spencer County, Indiana.

The above makes him sound like a so-so soldier, but that's far from the truth, Corporal Gentry had been in many battles and came close to death many times.  After one battle Gentry was leaving the battle field and passed a wounded and dying Reble who asked for water, though Gentry was at risk of being captured he divided his water supply with his enemy of half an hour before, they were no longer enemies.

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