The Montgomery County Historical Society is located at Lane Place, the Greek Revival mansion of Senator Henry S. Lane and his wife Joanna Elston Lane. Nestled in the Elston Grove Historic District of Crawfordsville, Lane Place is both a Victorian house museum, complete with the family’s original furnishings, and a center for researching and sharing the history of wider Montgomery County.

Lane Place fall cover

Tours of Lane Place are available March 1-December 1 on the following days:

  • Tuesday 1-5 PM
  • Wednesday-Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM
  • All year by appointment

We can be reached by telephone at 765.362.3416 or by email at info@lane-mchs.org

Visit our website at lane-mchs.org



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  1. The historical society’s email address failed and was returned to my email box so I am communicating through this site.
    From: postmaster@mail.hotmail.com
    Date: Sun, 28 Feb 2016 17:46:41 -0800
    Subject: Delivery Status Notification (Failure)
    This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification.
    Delivery to the following recipients failed.


    I am Gregg McClean Mace, Lt. Colonel, Retired and am writing about Lieutenant Edward Mace who served in the Civil War in New Orleans and is from Indiana and attended Wabash College.

    I live in New Orleans and am researching my Mace family line. Presently I am tracing our participation in the Civil War.

    My family has been in New Orleans since the Civil War and were some of the local pro-Union citizens who turned over Fort Jackson to the Union Navy without a shot being fired after we “arrested” the treasonous Confederates who we locked in the other half of the fort. My Great Grand Uncle is buried in Chalmette National Cemetery on the edge of New Orleans with other fallen Union heroes of the Civil War. I spent 35 years in the Army myself and wrote my history thesis on the Black Churches of New Orleans tracing them back to Reconstruction and the Civil War. Dr. Ambrose was my thesis advisor and I helped him set up the WWII Museum when he was writing “Citizen Soldier” before I went on active duty. I suffered sudden death then was resuscitated, then in a coma. Part of my rehabilitation in V.A. hospitals was to get on-line and reacquaint myself with mind stimulating activities. So I find myself wrapped up again, as I was in my youth, “searching for dead family members” as my wife calls it 🙂 so I look to you all for a little help.

    Also history, family history and military service have a special place in my heart.
    Therefore, thank you for reading this email.

    The reason I write you all is about your Civil War participant Edward H. Mace who is listed as a Wabash College Student who served in the Civil War. And listed elsewhere as being born in Indiana, enlisted as a Corporal in Indiana then commissioned 2nd Lt 1861 before leaving Indiana, promoted 1Lt 1862, fought heroically in the Red River Campaign which was the predecessor to “Sherman’s march to the sea” with the same goal, then Edward Mace was discharged 1864.

    My “cousin” Edward is an interesting historical effort as he has left his small historical foot print over many places in one sentence bites. He enlisted as a Corporal and was a commissioned officer, promoted and has a meritorious note by name in a battle report, yet he seems to have been court martialed in April of 1864 and discharge due to that in May of 1864 after being reduced to the rank of Private.

    Knowing our gene pool, Edward Mace, as were many other’s in the Union Army in the South were repulsed against the corruption in the leadership and neglect of the escaped slaves by the Union Army and genocide being committed upon escaped slaves by the Confederates. Many soldiers and officers who were able by contract were resigning from the army in protest.

    Based on Edward Mace’s record, if in fact these Edward Mace historical notations are the same person (too many coincidences not to be), his personality differences with the Army would have been due to moral and conscientious objections which lead to retaliatory disciplinary action.

    Below are the web citations I found concerning Edward Mace of Indiana’s Civil War service to include the historical marker on the Wabash College listing his name.

    If you could send me any and all information you have on Edward Mace and hook me up with any of his family who still live in Montgomery County or anywhere you might know, then you would make an Old Soldier and Aging Amateur Historian extremely happy.

    Gratefully yours, Gregg



    Crawfordsville in Montgomery County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

    Wabash College Students who Served in the Civil War

    ~ ~ ~ Lieutenants
    Upper Section of Marker Photo, Click for full size
    By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, July 29, 2012
    3. Upper Section of Marker
    ~ ~ ~

    Albert W. Adams Small white square Zephaniah M. Ball Small white square George W. Bassett Small white square Henry S. Bassett Small white square A. Wesley Bill Small white square Charles T. Boudinot Small white square Henry Campbell Small white square George Chapin Small white square Carey E. Cowgill Small white square William Coke Small white square William E. Craig Small white square Samuel C. Crane Small white square Samuel L. Ensminger Small white square James M. Ford Small white square John S. Grisard Small white square Edward Groenendyke Small white square Henry Groenendyke Small white square Enos C. Hornaday Small white square Henry C. Johnson Small white square John L. Ketcham Small white square Robert A. King Small white square Theodore Livings Small white square William H. Lynn Small white square Edward Mace Small white square Alfred L


    List of Officers of the Army of the United States from 1779 to 1900 …

    Appointed 2nd Lt Oct 1861 Indiana, promoted 1 Lt Apr 1862, discharged May 1864


    https://www.footnote.com/page/632045519_edward_h_mace/details/ Full Name:Edward H Mace 1 Edit
    Civil War (Union) 1
    Branch:Army 1 Company:C 1 Discharge Rank:Pvt 1 Enlistment Rank:Cpl 1 Military Unit:10th Infantry (3 Months, 1861) 1 State:Indiana 1

    From: gregg.mace@hotmail.com
    To: gregg.mace@hotmail.com
    Subject: RE: Edward Mace 98th USCT
    Date: Sun, 28 Feb 2016 19:30:02 -0500—off-0lincoln–00-1-Drg153Zz-15–0-10-0—0—0prompt-10-LK–4——-0-1l–11-en-Zz-1—20-home-30-%22Lewis+Payne%22–00-3-1-00-0-0-11-1–0utfZz-8-00&a=d&d=&sf=&d=Drg153-15-m-m1









    CASE NO.

    Mace, E.H.
    1st Inf



    Apr 1864

    New Orleans, LA

    CASE NO.

    Mace, E.H. Lt 1st Inf Jul 1862 Corinth, MS KK-074
    Mace, Edward Lt 1st Inf Dec 1863 New Orleans, LA NN-1305
    Mace, Elias Pvt 1st Inf D Jan 1867 New Orleans, LA OO-2835



    Mace, Edward — Lieutenant, 1st Infantry

    From RG: 153

    Court Martial Case Files

    This case was tried in New Orleans, Louisiana.

    National Archives Identifier: 1860482 Local Identifier: NN-1305


    The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 17, In Two Parts. Part 1, Reports.

    Mace, Edward H.




    • Hi Gregg,

      Thanks for reaching out to us! I have forwarded your request over to our Genealogist and Local Historian, Dian Moore. She will do some digging and get back to you as soon as she can!

      Curator/Collections Manager


      • Hi Victoria, is the Montgomery County Genealogical Society and the Montgomery County Historical Society associated with each other. Thanks for your response, Gregg Date: Sat, 5 Mar 2016 15:21:03 +0000 To: gregg.mace@hotmail.com


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