|Tintype of James Harvey Bird|
|General John Hunt Morgan|
After Morgan escaped into Ohio, the regiment returned to Greensburg and was mustered out on July 18, 1863. Harvey Bird's service in the Union Army totaled nine days. Morgan and his men were later captured and put in the Ohio State Penitentiary. In November of 1863, the general and some of his officers tunneled out of their cells and boarded a train to Cincinnati. A year later, Morgan was killed in battle.
|Harvey Bird in his later years|
On March 14, 1865, Harvey married Sarah Ann Lane. They had four children, including my great-great-grandmother, Mary Edna Bird. Sarah died from complications of childbirth in 1873, along with her infant son. Harvey remained a widower for the rest of his life -- nearly 20 years.
James Harvey Bird died on October 12, 1892 in Decatur County from heart trouble, or as his obituary was worded, "from an affection of the heart." He had been in poor health for 10 years. "He was a man of rugged character and good-heartedness and many are the friends who will miss his jovial presence." (Greensburg Standard, October 14, 1892)