Porter County in the Mexican-American WarVeterans of the Mexican-American War from Porter County . . . .
The following information concerning Porter County
residents in the Mexican-American War comes from the following source:
The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; August 18, 1936; Volume 10, Section 4, Page 9.
On May 11, 1846, the United States Congress declared war on Mexico at the request of President Polk. The dispute arose over a border issue between the Republic of Texas, then annexed to the United States, and Mexico. Three volunteer infantry were recruited from Indiana. In 1846, Joseph P. Smith, at that time being Clerk of Lake County, Indiana, resigned his position and recruited a company; this company consisted of some men residing in Porter County and was mustered into service in 1847. The company was not assigned to any of the three Indiana regiments, rather it was assigned as Company H, Sixteenth United States Infantry, commanded by Colonel John W. Tibbets. Company H was mainly responsible for guarding wagon trains and never experienced battle. Although Company H never saw battle, only 36 of the 119 men of the company returned home, nearly all deaths being caused by tropical disease. Note that the veterans of the Mexican War from Porter County listed below is very likely to be incomplete due to the lack of muster rolls.
Porter County Mexican-American War Veterans
Daniel Brown, Sergeant
Oliver Conklin, died in service
Hudson S. Farwell
Simeon P. Patterson
Newell Pulsifer, Sergeant
Cyrus H. Risden, died in service
John Sparks, died in service
Lewis P. Streeter
Information abstracted by Steven R. Shook