The following information was extracted from the service record for Harvey Slavens of Hendricks County, Indiana, and History of the Fifty-First Indiana Veteran Volunteer Infantry by William R. Hartpence, copyright 1894, reprinted in 2000 by Higginson Book Company, Salem Massachusetts.
Harvey Slavens enlisted in Company A of the 51st Indiana Infantry at North Salem, Indiana, on September 22, 1861, for a period of three years. Enlisting with him were two of his younger brothers, Willis and Milton Slavens. Harvey, age 30, was elected second lieutenant of the company and was mustered in on December 13, 1861, at Indianapolis.
Like many other members of his company, Harvey contracted measles in camp in December, but had recovered by the time the regiment departed for Bardstown, Kentucky. Disease continued to go through the ranks, with Hartpence noting in January and February while the regiment was in Kentucky, "Many of our boys had the measles, and many were troubled with diarrhea, of which latter disease some died."
In March the regiment proceeded to Nashville, entering the city March 15. Harvey was taken ill with typhoid fever and remained in Nashville while his regiment went to the front, taking part in the battle of Pittsburg Landing (Shiloh) April 6 and 7. Harvey died in Nashville on March 27, 1862; his body was returned to North Salem for burial.
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