Cabinetmaker, Civil War Veteran
Birth: July 25, 1845, Vienna, Trumbull County, Ohio
Death: June 14, 1917, Warren, Trumbull County, Ohio
Burial: Oakwood Cemetery, Warren, Trumbull County, Ohio
Military Service: At age 18, enlisted as a Private on 27 April 1864 or May 5 1864 in the 171st Regiment, Ohio Infantry (National Guard), Company A. Mustered out on August 20, 1864 at Johnson's Island, Sandusky.
Allison Dural Truesdell was 18 years old when he enlisted on April 27, 1864. A little over a week later he was a member of Company A of the 17st Ohio Volunteer Infantry, formed for 100 days’ service. The 171st first served guard and fatigue duty at Johnson’s Island, a prison near Sandusky, then was ordered to Kentucky, where it was attacked by Morgan’s Raiders. The regiment then returned to Johnson’s Island, and was mustered out on August 20, 1864. Allison's brother Albert, as well as six cousins (James Warren Leet and brothers James Jonathan, Henry Shannon, John Hilliard, Seldon Sloen, and Edwin Earl Truesdell) served in the Civil War.
By 1870 Truesdell and his wife Rachael Mullen had moved to Warren, and Truesdell was working in a cabinetmaking shop. Until his death in 1917, Truesdell made furniture.
Other Vienna residents who served in the 171st Ohio Volunteer Infantry include Harris Dwight Baldwin, William W. Miller, Robert Stranahan, and Jesse Wireman.
Regimental History, 171st Ohio Infantry
Organized at Sandusky, Ohio, and mustered in May 7, 1864. On guard and fatigue duty at Johnson's Island till June 8. Moved to Covington, Ky., thence to Cynthiana, Ky. Attached to General Hobson's Command, District of Kentucky, Dept. of the Ohio. Action at Kellar's Bridge. Ky., near Cynthiana, Ky., June 11. Cynthiana, Ky., June 12. Regiment captured. Paroled June 13 and ordered to Camp Dennison, Ohio. Duty there and at Johnson's Island, Ohio, till August. Mustered out August 20, 1864.
Regiment lost during service 17 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 15 Enlisted men by disease. Total 32.
Read more about the 171st Regiment at the Ohio Civil War Central Encyclopedia.