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From the foregoing it will be seen that an entire division of stalwart Indianians could have been formed, in which every man would have been six feet or more in height.

Over 80,000 Indiana soldiers, however, were enlisted without preserving any record of their age and height.

These figures approximate closely the ages and heights of the American volunteers of the same classes. Dr. Gould, however, thinks that the figures show “that the Indiana men are the tallest of all natives of the United States, and these latter the tallest of all civilized countries.” 1

Illinois.--This State sent six regiments to the Mexican war, and when the Illinois Legislature passed the law, in April, 1861, authorizing the acceptance of regiments, it was provided in the Act that, “in token of respect to the Illinois regiments in Mexico,” these new organizations should receive numbers commencing with the 7th.

The first six regiments which were organized under this Act--7th to 12th Infantry, inclusive — were sworn in for three months service, at the expiration of which they reorganized and enlisted for three years. Illinois responded promptly to every call for men, and was one of the few States which furnished troops in excess of its quota.

1 Report Adjutant-General of Indiana, 1869; vol. 1, p. 110.

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