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DOOLEY Brothers

photo of Dooley brothers

[Special to The Indianapolis News]

Left to right: John W., James B., Henry, Arthur M., Thomas and Luke Dooley

Danville, Ind., August 20. - The Dooley brothers, whose reunion was recently held in Danville, were all born and reared on a farm near here. At the beginning of the civil war, five of the six brothers enlisted in the Union army. Luke, the youngest, was not old enough and was refused. Henry was only seventeen at the time of his enlistment. All were three-year men, and served throughout the war, no two being in the same company, regiment, brigade or army corps. John W., the oldest, was in Company C, One-hundred-and-forty-eighth Indiana; James B., was in Company H, Ninety-ninth; Henry was in Company B, Seventh; Arthur M., was in Company C., Fifty-first, and Thomas S., was in Company D, One-hundred-and-twenty-fourth.

Henry is the only one of the boys who has wandered far from his old home, and he is now living at Neodesha, Kas. He was the only one of the borthers who was with Grant, the others being in the army of the Cumberland. Henry was in thirty-two battles and was wounded at the battle of Winchester. He still carries a bullet in his arm. Arthur was captured at Rome, Ga., while on the raid with Colonel Streight and served in the prison at Belle Island until exchanged. The brothers are all in good health and all are farmers, except John, who is a retired hardware merchant. This was the first reunion in forty-two years at which all were present and they say there is not another family in Indiana which sent five boys to the war all of whom are now in as good health and financial circumstances as are they.