Leonard Eastman was born on December 11, 1842 in Amity, Madison County, Ohio. In 1861, his brother John enlisted in Company D of the 40th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. A year later, on August 7, 1862, Leonard followed his brother into the army, mustering into Captain Payne's Company F of the 45th OVI at Columbus, Ohio.
On March 28, 1863, Leonard was captured at Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. He was immediately paroled, but did not report back to the regiment. Instead, he returned to Camp Chase Ohio, reporting on April 12. There he was assigned to a unit of parolees. He stayed at Camp Chase until he was ordered to report to his regiment on October 26, 1863. That order was likely in response to the 45th OVI's defeat at Philadelphia, Tennessee, when it suffered a large loss in men captured. The records do not say when Leonard rejoined the regiment, but he was on the muster roll for November and December 1863.
Leonard served the rest of the war without mishap. He mustered out with his company on June 12, 1865. Sadly, his brother had died of disease in September 1863.
Leonard married Alice Wilda Finch at Amity on September 23, 1869. They moved to London, Ohio, where he was active in civic affairs and owned a number of properties in the town. He was Madison County Recorder when he died on June 22, 1880. One affidavit in his pension records states that he suffered from heart disease after his return from the war. He was survived by his wife and three children, Noah Webster, Edna, and Auburn Smith, my great grandfather. .
Biography contributed by Mike Keefer <email@example.com>