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Lieutenant Colonel Noah Cartwright of the Fifteenth Kentucky Infantry (U.S.)

Noah Cartwright was born March 14, 1833 in Highland County, Ohio. He enrolled at South Salem Academy but was elected associate professor after one year of study. In the spring of 1858, Cartwright graduated from Miami University with an average of 99.96. Cartwright moved to Kentucky soon after graduating from college. He married Julia Frances Rush on May 12, 1859 at the Jefferson County home of Moses Williams. Cartwright was principal of the Masonic Seminary in Columbus, Kentucky at the outbreak of the war. Columbus was an area of overwhelming Confederate sentiment, and Cartwright was forced to enter the Confederate army briefly. Quickly deserting, he raised a company of the Fifteenth Kentucky. Lieutenant Colonel Cartwright was promoted from captain of Company E to major on March 2, 1863. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel on July 13, 1863. Following the battle of Chickamauga, Cartwright led a foraging detachment into Confederate territory to gather corn for the army. Not long after that, having lost a finger and suffering from rheumatism, Cartwright resigned October 19, 1863. Lieutenant Colonel Cartwright returned to teaching after the war and served as county examiner from 1876 until his death. Cartwright died September 21, 1903, at his home in Fern Creek Kentucky, and is buried in the Pennsylvania Run Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Jefferson County. Noah and Julia Cartwright, who died October 3, 1929, had eleven children: George Stuart (1860-1928); William Joseph (1862-1864); Mollie (1864-1865); Lydia Ann Cartwright Wedekemper (1866-1941); Fannie (1869-1882); Noah E. (1871-1872), Harrison Andrew (1873-1951); Charles McDonald (1875-1947), Archie Rush (1877-1900), Coleman Clyde (1880-1960), and Julia Bell Cartwright (1882-1893).

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