Baptists and the American Civil War: September 6, 1865

Civil War States MapBaptists formally arrived in Lake County, Indiana in the 1830s. A Baptist Sunday School was established at Cedar Lake in 1839. In the years following Baptists, Methodists and Presbyterians have worked together in the task of conducting Sunday School.

Today a “few superintendents, teachers and friends of Sunday-schools in Lake County” meet at Crown Point “for the purpose of forming a convention.” Hereafter during the century the Sunday School convention meets annually in the month of August, “generally at the county fair grounds.”

Meanwhile, far to the West on the Powder River in eastern Montana (in what is now Custer County), the United States military is conducting operations against the Sioux, Arapaho and Cheyenne Indians. A skirmish this day is one of many inclusive encounters in the weeks-long campaign.

By the end of the month Fort Conner is in place to protect traveler’s along Montana’s Bozeman Trail. However, the Powder River campaign draws to a close with no decisive victory over the Indians and having failed to establish peace in the region.

Source: Indiana Magazine of History, Vols. 4-7, pp. 164-165 (link); Powder River Expedition (link)