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Lieutenant-Colonel Martin L. Bundy, U.S.V.
Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel Martin L. Bundy, U.S.V.
Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel Martin L. Bundy was born November 11, 1818,
in Randolph County, North Carolina, of Revolutionary ancestors, his
grandfather having served during the war in the Continental army of
patriots. The family removed the following year to the then
recently-organized State of Indiana and settled in Henry County, adjoining
Newcastle, the county-seat, where the subject of this sketch received his
education in the common schools and at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. He
studied law with judge Elliott, was admitted to the bar, and practiced his
profession successfully. He married the sister of his law-preceptor,
Amanda Elliott, and a large family were born to them, of whom his oldest
son, Eugene, is now the judge of the judicial circuit, and his youngest
son, Omar, having graduated at the Military Academy of West Point, is now
an officer of the Third U. S. Infantry, having chosen the army instead of
Colonel Bundy served the public as county treasurer from 1844 to 1847, and
the following year he was chosen a member of the State Legislature,
serving his constituents acceptably. In 1852 he was elected judge of the
Court of Common Pleas, and served as such for eight years. At the
expiration of his judicial term he was again sent to the Legislature in
1860, and gave efficient aid in raising the Indiana troops, which became
so conspicuous during the Civil War under the patronage of that great
war-governor, O. P. Morton.
At the close of the war of the Rebellion a commission as brevet
lieutenant-colonel was sent him for " meritorious services during the
war;" after which he engaged in banking, and was successful. He was for
several years examiner of national banks under the Treasury Department,
and contributed much towards keeping them in the line of duty. He has now
disposed of all his interest in banks, and is giving his attention to
farming, and is endeavoring to live that " ideal life" which all commend
but few attain. He is now in the "sere and yellow leaf of age, but takes a
deep interest in current events. It was Goethe who said, in speaking of
age, " Orange and red are the evidences of maturity and ripeness, not of
decay and decomposition."
||He was made a paymaster of the
army in August, 1861, unexpectedly and without his solicitation, and
immediately entered upon the duties in the Department of Missouri,
of which General Fremont was then in command. He served as ordered
in different departments with so much satisfaction that, on changing
his station, the paymaster-general wrote as follows: " The
efficiency and intelligence with which you have performed all your
duties cause the deepest regret at being compelled to part with
you." After a service of nearly five years he retired in the spring
of 1866, though advised that he could remain if he desired.
a member of the National Republican Convention of 1856 which
nominated John C. Fremont for President of the United States, as
well as the convention of 1872, which met in Philadelphia and
re-nominated General Grant for President.
Source: Officers of the Volunteer Army and Navy who
served in the Civil War, published by L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1893, 419
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