He was mustered out of service in Indianapolis in September 1864.
The Thomas family was Methodist Episcopal, and farmed in neighboring Cass County, Indiana.
Near the beginning of the Civil War in April 1861, Uriah enlisted for three months service in Company D, Sixth Indiana Infantry.
He re-enlisted in August 1861 and served for three years in Company A, Thirty-ninth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and in the Eighth Indiana Volunteer Cavalry.
A large cast of supporting writers--blood relatives, relatives by marriage, friends, and associates--also plays a part. Oblinger was born May 14, 1842, in Montgomery County, Ohio, the son of Samuel and Esther (Zook) Oblinger.
The family moved to Miami County, Indiana, in 1843.
As a young man Uriah helped both with farm work and with the running of his father's grist and sawmills.
Samuel Oblinger was also a Dunkard (German Baptist) minister.
Oblinger Collection was donated to the Nebraska State Historical Society in 1958.
Though the collection includes a variety of papers relating to the Oblinger family, the most important items are 318 letters dating from 1862 to 1911.
At the heart of this correspondence lies the story of land and its settlement, of Uriah's lifelong attempts to settle and prosper on a farm of his own.
Principal writers include Uriah, Mattie Thomas (Uriah's first wife), Giles Thomas (Mattie's brother), Laura Bacon (Uriah's second wife), and the Oblinger children.