Wabash Valley Civil War Sesquicentennial Project
Fountain County, Indiana
Fountain County, Indiana was very active in the Underground Railroad. As the county's terrain was swamps and dense forests, the county provided a perfect location for slaves traveling along the Underground Railroad. After 1826, it was estimated that more than 100 runaway slaves traveled to freedom along the Underground Railroad in Fountain County.
Many people had a variety of reasons for aiding slaves along the Underground Railroad, as many Quakers lived in the area, who had moved to Indiana to escaped slavery and the plantation society of the South. These Quakers aided the slaves traveling along the Underground Railroad escape to Canada during the Civil War. The Methodist church also provided a safe haven for runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad, as the Church maintained a neutral stance toward their position on slavery.
See the following link for more information about the Underground Railroad in Fountain County, Indiana and the surrounding Wabash Valley. Walkin' the Wabash: an exploration of the Underground Railraod in west central Indiana
--The photo is a courtesy of the Library of Congress.
Photo: "In the Swamp"
Civil War Memorial
A Civil War Memorial is located in Riverside Cemetery in Attica, Indiana. In the cemetery, the cannon sits on a hill in the front corner of the cemetery.