JAMES K. GORE - 6th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Band


James Gore at the beginning of the Civil War enlisted with the Sixth Michigan Volunteer Infantry as leader of the regimental band. His war record is recorded below in the text of his obituary.

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Former Postmaster Of This City And Adjutant General Of Indiana Succumbs


Locating Here First In 1855, He Attains Majority Here,
And After Civil War Service Becomes Manufacturer
James K Gore a citizen of Elkhart most of the years since he accompanied his
parents to this city-fifty-six years ago, one of the defenders of the nation
in the Civil War, former manufacturer, an ex postmaster or Elkhart, and once
Adjutant General of Indiana-succumbed at 1:15 PM this afternoon, after lying
in an unconscious state since Thursday night.

The funeral service will probably be held Tuesday.
Col. Gore's demise occurred at the home of himself and Mrs. Gore, No 308
West Marion Street. Though his health had been declining for a year or so,
he had refrained from seeking medical advice until he was stricken with
paralysis on June 13, his tongue and one side of his body being affected.
The physician who then assumed charge of the patient ascertained hat Col.
Gore was a victim of diabetes, this ailment contributing to the difficulties
with which the attendants were confronted.

The death of Col. Gore removes one of the city's best known citizens, a man
who in his prime was one of the most popular of men engaged in building up
this community's various interests, in social, church and fraternal circles
as well as business.


Col. Gore, who was born in Dutchess County, NY, in 1837, was a son of Samuel
C and Ruth Ketchum Gore. Two years later his family moved to Putnam County,
NY, and remained there until 1855, Col. Gore, in the meantime, learning the
pattern making trade at cold Springs opposite West Point. In 1855 the family
came to Elkhart and five years later Col. Gore went to Mishawaka where he
was employed in a furniture factory. In 1861, at the beginning of the Civil
War, he enlisted with the Sixth Michigan Volunteer Infantry. As leader of
the regimental band, going to Baltimore, then to Newport News, New Orleans,
Vicksburg, Baton Rouge and finally again to New Orleans, where he was
mustered out in 1862, the government having decided to dispense with brass
bands in the army.

Col. Gore returned to Mishawaka and engaged in the manufacture of chairs but
at the expiration of thirteen months raised a company of volunteers and was
commissioned its Captain. The company was assigned to the 138th Indiana,
going out for 100 days but remaining five months, being engaged in the duty
of guarding railroads in the rear of Gen. Sherman's army in its march
through Georgia to the sea.


In 1865 Col. Gore went to Fond du Lac, Wis., where he was employed as
foreman of the Union Iron Works. In 1869, he returned to Elkhart, and
embarked in the planing-mill and wood working business with john Vanderlip
until 1873, when Henry C Wright bought Mr. Vanderlip's interest and the firm
of Gore & Wright was formed.

Two years later, Frederick Wright bought H C Wright's interest in the
business, which suffered a serious loss by fire in 1874.

Col. Gore served as Postmaster from 1890 to 1894, and following the election
of Governor Mount was Adjutant General of the Indiana National Guard,
serving in that office during and following the Spanish American War. After
retiring from that office he was in business in Indianapolis before
returning to Elkhart.

Prior to his elevation to the Office of Adjutant General, Col. Gore had been
active in the Indiana National Guard, and was Colonel of the Third Regiment
I. N. G., at the time Governor Matthews ordered that regiment to Roby to
suppress prize-fighting.


Col. Gore was married twice, his first wife, Miss Elizabeth E Field, whom he
married in 1862, dying a year later. In 1866, Col. Gore married Miss
Elizabeth J Ferris of Mishawaka, who survives him. One son, Morton W Gore,
born to this union died in this city of typhoid fever soon after reaching
manhood, the loss proving a heavy blow to Col. and Mrs. Gore.

Col. Gore, whose technical title by reason of his tenure as Adjutant
General, was Brigadier General, is survived by his wife and the following
sisters and brother: Mrs. J T Vanderlip of San Francisco, Mrs. M U Demarest,
Mrs. C A Foster and Mrs. Franc Stevens of Elkhart, and John Gore. His mother
died December 1, 1910, at the age of ninety-five, and his father died at an
advanced age August 17, 1897.

Col. Gore was a member of Elmer post and of Masonic bodies. His church
membership was in St. John's Episcopal parish, of which he was an active

MONDAY, JULY 10, 1911
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Funeral services of Col. James K Gore will be held at St. John's Episcopal
Church at 4 PM. Tuesday, Rev. L B Hastings officiating. The services will be
in charge of the Masons and the Grand Army of the Republic. The body will
lie in state at the church from 3 to 4 PM Tuesday.

Requiem Eucharist will be celebrated for the deceased in the church at 7 AM

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