“You must all cherish Old Glory; And its teachings pass along.
You must tell the world the story; When the boys in Blue are gone.”

―John Hendricks, Union Civil War Veteran

Updated October 20, 2014

↓ ↓ Please scroll down to view Andrew Jackson Nickell's Civil War Web Site ↓ ↓


My dear father passed September 23, 2009. He was the great-grandson of Civil War Andrew Jackson Nickell
and the custodian of Andrew's Civil War letters. My father enjoyed a full and successful life of 88 years.
He was a human resources professional, and a decorated combat veteran of both WWII and the Korean War.
Most importantly he lived his strong Christian faith, and was a wonderful father and husband.
He was truly a great man, and I miss him very much.


"I don't believe in a law to prevent a man from getting rich.
It would do more harm than good."
―Abraham Lincoln

"Populists patronize the poor by pandering to them." ―Abraham Lincoln

"A man is known by the company he keeps." ―Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln held ten clear political beliefs we would do well to adopt today...

―You cannot bring about prosperity by discouragi­ng thrift.
―You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
―You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
―You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
―You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
―You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
―You cannot further brotherhoo­d of men by inciting class hatred.
―You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
―You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man's initiative­.
―You cannot really help men by having the government tax them
to do for them what they can and should do for themselves­.

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery ... for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.” ―Winston Churchill

"The problem with socialism is sooner or later you run out of other people's money!" ―Margret Thatcher

Andrew Jackson Nickell
114th OHIO VOL. INF.

AJN Tombstone


Andrew Jackson Nickell (1828-1863) was my 2x-great-grandfather. Andrew proudly served with the 114th Ohio Volunteer Infantry (O.V.I.), Company E during the Civil War. In his service with the Federal cause, Andrew participated in the Vicksburg Campaign and the Siege of Vicksburg.

Andrew "put off this mortal life" aboard the Federal hospital ship U.S.S. January on June 16, 1863 just eighteen days before the surrender of Vicksburg on July 4, 1863. Andrew left behind his wife, Isabelle Ramey Nickell and three (soon to be four) young children. Their oldest child, Elias Dolison "Doc" Nickell (1857-1935), was my great-grandfather.

Isabelle "Belle" saved roughly thirty letters written by Andrew during his service as a Federal soldier. For over 150 years, the Nickell Family has carefully preserved Andrew's Letters that are now in my custodianship. These priceless Letters represent a Federal soldier's first person account or Civil War Journal. This web site is created as a tribute to Andrew Jackson Nickell, and to the memory of Civil War veterans both Union and Confederate. These letters are also available in a comb-bound interpretive and narrative book available for distribution.

Andrew was the fifth generation of the Scots-Irish Nickell Family in America. Andrew's first American ancestor was "Papa John" Nickell (1720-1774) who emigrated from County Tyrone, Ulster, (Northern) Ireland (near Gortin) in the 1740's. He settled in Virginia's rugged western frontier in what later became Greenbrier and Monroe Counties of West Virginia. Two of Andrew's ancestors, his great-grandfather, Thomas Nickell and a 2x-great uncle, Isaac Nickell, served as guides in Lord Dunmore's War and at the Battle of Point Pleasant. Their younger brother Joseph Nickell was an active combatant in the Battle. This engagement of the American Revolution served to end Indian resistance along the colonial frontier and into southern Ohio.

Andrew's parents, Robert and Nancy Ann Morehead Nickell were born and raised in the rugged frontier region of (West) Virginia. They relocated to Jackson County, Ohio soon after the opening of the Northwest Territories in the 1820's. Robert and Nancy Ann purchased eighty acres of land in Richland Township, and in 1850 this land became part of Vinton County, Ohio. This land remains in one line of the Nickell family today.

Andrew was born in 1828 and raised in Richland Township, Vinton County, Ohio. Andrew and Isabelle were married November 20, 1856. After the birth of their first child in 1857 (Elias Dolison "Doc" Nickell, my great-grandfather) and prior to the Civil War they left their native Vinton County and relocated two counties west to Pickaway County, Ohio, south of Columbus. Family legend suggests that while Andrew and his two older brothers, John Francis Nickell (1822-1880) and Robert Calvary Nickell/Nickle* (1826-1892), enlisted to support the Union, their father, Robert, remained sympathetic to the Southern cause.

Andrew's letters to Isabelle have been divided into seven chronological themes, and presented below as chapters. Three additional chapters are included to provide supplemental interpretive information.

* Andrew's older brother Robert Calvary Nickle/Nickell settled in Madison County, Iowa about 1850 and prior to the Civil War. Robert enlisted in the 39th Iowa Infantry, Company F, and held the rank of Sergeant. Andrew and Isabelle must have thought well of Robert Calvary, as they named their second son Robert Calvary as well (the younger brother of my great-grandfather, Elias "Doc" Nickell).

114th O.V.I Monument at Vicksburg

(Please click on any link below to read letters from Andrew’s "Civil War Journal")
I. Andrew Becomes A Soldier:
One of the best there ever was!

II. Headed South:
They are tearing up notes.

III. The First Fights:
On to Vicksburg!

IV. Laying In Camp:
Too low and swampy.
Please note: Letter #14 - 2/27/1863 is an historically informational letter!

V. Milliken's Bend:
Not so wet as Young's Point.

VI. Last Letters:
The diarrhea makes me feel weak.

VII. Captain Abraham:
Put off this mortal life.

VIII. From An Unknown Writer:
Anxious to get north.

IX. Epilogue:
The 114th O.V.I.; Isabella Ramey Nickell.

X. Honoring Other Civil War Ancestors:
John Ogan (56th OH); Edward Culver (133rd IL); Robert E. Lee (Army of Northern VA)

* No revisionist history or political correctness! The above are links to actual journal letters, transcribed exactly as
written by Andrew Jackson Nickell, a Union Civil War soldier from southern Ohio and active Vicksburg combatant.
Hope you enjoy this site! Please visit often. (Updated 10/20/2014).

Text from these letters/chapters/pages may not be copied, used or reprinted without expressed written permission of the webmaster.

Abraham Lincoln
As a native of Springfield, Illinois and an Eagle Scout from the Abraham Lincoln Council, I grew up in Mr. Lincoln's hometown. This central Illinois community remains the epicenter for Lincolniana. Springfield encouraged me to develop an interest in Lincoln and the Civil War. Here are a few of my favorite Lincoln and Civil War web sites: A. Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum (ALPLM)-A Must See!
Lincoln Bicentennial 1809 - 2009
Lincoln Home National Historic Site Homepage
Springfield, IL - The Land of Lincoln - "Virtual Reality"
The Gettysburg Address
Abraham Lincoln Assassination - Fascinating accounts!
Abraham Lincoln Online
Ohio in the Civil War - An informational resource!
Diaries of Elias D. Moore - A tribute to Andrew's 114th OVI!
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW)
O Captain! My Captain! - Walt Whitman's Tribute to the Fallen President

OLIVER BELDEN CULVER, Abolitionist, Pioneer Farmer and Lincoln Neighbor
Last Reunion

Abraham Lincoln Council -- B.S.A. -- Eagle Class of 1972
Must Watch Video: Boy Scouts of America -- 100 Years: 1910-2010 (3:56 min.)

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| I. Andrew Becomes a Soldier... | II. Headed South... | III. The First Fights... |
| IV. Laying In Camp... | V. Milliken's Bend | VI. Last Letters... | VII. Captain Abraham... |
| VIII. From An Unknown Writer... | IX. Epilogue... | X. Honoring Other Civil War Ancestors... |

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