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History of Cedar
County, Iowa, 1878.

  
 

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Fifth Infantry.

 

Company A, of the Fifth Iowa, was the first enlisted in Cedar County for the suppression of the Rebellion.  This company was formed from a military organization existing prior to the breaking out of the Rebellion, and was ready for the First Regiment, but for various reasons was crowded out, and was finally assigned to the position of Company A, of the Fifth, in consequence of not being able to secure the position they desired.

The regiment was mustered in at Burlington, July 15, 1861, and ordered to Keokuk August 2, from which point they were sent into Missouri for a few days in pursuit of bushwhackers, after which they were sent to St. Louis, and from thence ordered to Jefferson City, Missouri, and from there to Boonville, Missouri; thence followed the rebel army under Price to Springfield, Missouri, and on their return encamped at Syracuse until the following February, when they were moved across the country to St. Louis, and thence by transport to Cairo, where they remained a few weeks and were transferred to Cape Girardeau.  They were then marched to New Madrid, where they had a skirmish with the enemy, and the first man from Cedar County, private Wm. Beaver, was killed.  After the fall of New Madrid, they crossed the Mississippi and marched to Tiptonville to intercept and capture rebels, who were attempting to escape from Island No. 10.  They were then ordered back to New Madrid, thence to a point above Fort Pillow, on the Mississippi, thence by way of Cairo and the Tennessee River to Pittsburg Landing, to take part in the operations before Corinth.

Upon the evacuation of Corinth, they followed the rebels to Rienzi, and afterward remained in camp at Clear Creek, Rienzi and Jacinto until September 18, 1862, when they started for Iuka, where, on the 19th, they took part in the battle of Iuka, where Company A went into the fight with forty-three men, and had twenty-seven killed and wounded.  It was here that the regiment distinguished itself, so that it was complimented very highly by the Generals commanding.  The position they held was in support of a battery, which, in consequence of a superiority of numbers of the enemy, was at one time captured, but rallying to the rescue the Fifth Regiment retook the battery with the terrible loss above mentioned.  They returned to Jacinto on the 21st of September, thence moved to Corinth to take part in the battle at that place.  Engaged in the pursuit of the rebels after that battle, they remained in camp at Corinth until November, when they joined the expedition against Vicksburg, going by way of Holly Springs to Oxford, thence to Memphis, where they remained in camp until Spring of 1863.

From here they were ordered to Helena, thence in the Yazoo Pass expedition.  After their return to Helena, they moved to Milliken's Bend, and through Louisiana to a point below Vicksburg, and thence by gunboat to a point below Grand Gulf, Mississippi.  From here they were ordered to Raymond and Jackson, and back to the battle of Champion Hill, where Company A lost ten in killed and wounded.

After this they engaged in the pursuit of the rebels to Vicksburg, and took part in the charge on the 22d of May.

They then took their places in the siege of Vicksburg, where they remained until the last of June, when they were ordered to Black River, to confront the enemy coming to the relief of Vicksburg.

They returned to Vicksburg July 1, and remained in camp until September 1, when they were ordered to Helena for the purpose of joining the expedition against Little Rock, but were from there ordered to Chattanooga by way of Corinth, marching a considerable portion of the distance.  They were then transferred to the Seventeenth Corps, and took part in the battle of Chickamauga, where the regiment lost thirty men in killed and wounded and eight officers and seventy-six men taken prisoners, leaving only sixty-five men in the regiment who answered at roll call that evening.  They afterward went down the river to Stevenson and Huntsville, Alabama, where they remained all Winter.  In April, 1864, the veterans of the regiment went home on furloughs, and on their return were placed on the railroads to do guard duty, being most of the Summer at Kingston, Georgia.  They pursued the rebel General Wheeler in his last raid to the rear of Sherman, in June, 1864, traveling during the time nearly nine hundred miles, and being three weeks without blankets or change of clothing.

About the last of July, 1864, the non-veterans of the regiment were mustered out of service, leaving 180 men, who, on application to the War Department, were transferred to Fifth Iowa Cavalry, leaving eleven officers without a command, who were mustered out of service September 28, 1864, at General Kilpatrick's headquarters, fifteen miles south of Atlanta, Georgia.

(Note. --- This regiment was disbanded in August, 1864, on the expiration of its term of service.  The veterans and recruits were transferred to the Fifth Iowa Cavalry.)

Surgeon Peter A. Carpenter, commissioned assistant surgeon July 15, 1861, commissioned surgeon April 27, 1862.

Sergeant Major Geo. S. Spicer, enlisted June 24, 1861, as private, promoted sergeant major, July 15, 1862, transferred to 12th Louisiana Colored Regiment as captain.

Hospital Steward Thos. F. Tracy, enlisted June 24, 1861, as private, promoted May 1, 1862.

Drum Major A. P. Gilbert, removed.

Company A.

Captain Eugene Childs, commissioned captain, resigned March 26, 1862.

Captain Wm. Dean, enlisted as 1st sergeant June 24, 1861, promoted 1st lieutenant November 1, 1861, promoted captain March 27, 1862, resigned July 9, 1863.

Captain Wm. G. McElrea, enlisted June 24, 1861, as corporal, promoted to sergeant June 20, 1862, promoted to 2d lieutenant September 20, 1862, promoted 1st lieutenant February 23, 1862, promoted captain July, 1863.

First Lieutenant Wm. H. Hammond, commissioned 1st lieutenant, resigned October 6, 1861.

First Lieutenant John W. Casad, enlisted as private June 24, 1861, promoted to 2d lieutenant December 2, 1861, promoted to 1st lieutenant May 1, 1862, wounded at Iuka September 19, 1862, resigned February 14, 1865.

First Lieutenant, Luke D. Ingman, enlisted as sergeant June 24, 1861, promoted to 1st sergeant July 15, 1862, wounded at Iuka, promoted to 2d lieutenant February 23, 1863, promoted to 1st lieutenant July 10, 1863.

Second Lieutenant Joshua T. Taylor, commissioned 2d lieutenant, resigned December 2, 1861.

Second Lieutenant, Lafayette Shawl, enlisted as sergeant June 24, 1861, promoted to 2d lieutenant May 1, 1862, killed in battle of Iuka, Mississippi, September 29, 1862.

Sergeant George W. Logan, enlisted June 24, 1861, wounded May 16, 1863, at Champion Hills, wounded December 15, 1863, by railroad collision, and died same date.

Sergeant Wm. Elliott, enlisted June 24, 1861, discharged February 3, 1862, for disability.

Sergeant Daniel R. Smith, enlisted June 24, 1861, as private, promoted July 15, 1861.

Sergeant P. S. McCracken, enlisted June 24, 1861, wounded at Iuka September 19, 1862.

Corporal Chas. W. Mitchell, enlisted June 24, 1861, wounded at Jackson May 14, 1863, transferred to Invalid Corps February 15, 1864.

Corporal Wm. G. Hall, enlisted June 24, 1861, reduced to ranks.

Corporal Wm. Zeitter, enlisted June 24, 1861.

Corporal B. H. Wiggins, enlisted June 24, 1861, discharged for disability at Jacinto, Mississippi, September 30, 1862.

Corporal Wm. H. Morrow, enlisted June 24, 1861, as private, promoted for bravery on field at Iuka, wounded and captured at Iuka September 19, 1862, and at Champion Hills May 16, 1863, captured at Madison Station, May 17, 1864.

Corporal John Savage, enlisted June 24, 1861.

Corporal Frank Wotring, enlisted June 24, 1861.

Wagoner B. L. Tower, enlisted June 24, 1861, captured near Moscow, Tennessee.

Ayers, B., enlisted June 24, 1861, wounded at Vicksburg May 22, 1863, died at Memphis June 1, 1863, wounds.

Anderson, J. J., enlisted June 24, 1861, wounded at Iuka September 19, 1862, killed at Champion Hills May 16, 1863.

Alexander, Nelson, enlisted June 24, 1861, wounded at Iuka September 19, 1862, died of wounds September 29, 1862, Mississippi.

Ackerman, C. E., enlisted June 24, 1861, discharged in Mississippi for disability July 16, 1862.

Beaver, Wm., enlisted June 24, 1864, killed by rebel picket at New Madrid March 4, 1862.

Belgard, G., Jr., enlisted June 24, 1861, died at St. Louis December 16, 1861.

Brown, Benjamin, enlisted June 24, 1861, died October 13, 1862, at Booneville, Missouri.

Clements, Henry, enlisted June 24, 1861, killed in battle at Champion Hills May 16, 1863.

Coe, W. H., enlisted June 24, 1861, discharged for disability January 9, 1862.

Christy, Wm., enlisted June 24, 1861.

Cook, Seymour, enlisted June 21, 1861, discharged October 16, 1862.

Dolan, Harla., enlisted June 24, 1861, discharged October 16, 1862

Dwinell, A. H., enlisted June 24, 1861.

Eaton, W. R., enlisted June 24, 1861.

Fleming, Wm., enlisted June 24, 1861.

Fleming, D. J., enlisted June 24, 1861, wounded at battle of Iuka September 19, 1862, discharged November 27, 1862, disability.

Farrell, R. A., enlisted June 24, 1861, wounded at Iuka September 19, 1862, killed in action at Champion Hills, May 16, 1863.

Fuller, Jas. M., enlisted June 24, 1861, died January 10, 1862, at Syracuse, Missouri.

Fuller, Jerred M., died at Missouri, October 15, 1861.

Harriss, C. B., enlisted June 24, 1861, wounded at Iuka September 19, 1862, discharged December 5, 1862.

Haycock, M. S., enlisted June 24, 1861, transferred to Invalid Corps February 15, 1864.

Hale, W. F., enlisted June 24, 1861, died near Corinth May 30, 1862.

Hardman, G. W., enlisted June 24, 1861, died at Jefferson City, Missouri, October 8, 1861.

Hanlin, J. B., enlisted June 24, 1861.

Henderson, L. W., enlisted June 24, 1861, promoted to 2d corporal August 1862, promoted 1st sergeant February 23, 1863.

Hoon, Silas, enlisted June 24, 1861, discharged for disability May 17, 1862.

Hussy, C. C., enlisted June 24, 1861, wounded at battle of Iuka September 19, 1862, commissioned and transferred to Colored Regiment.

Hawk, W. C., enlisted June 24, 1861, promoted to captain, wounded at Iuka September 19, 1862, and Champion Hills May 16, 1863.

King, L. A., enlisted June 24, 1861, discharged at Davenport disabled April 14, 1864.

Kimmell, D. H., enlisted June 24, 1861.

Mitchell, J. D., enlisted June 24, 1861, wounded at battle of Iuka September 19, 1862, discharged April 8, 1863.

McClure, John, enlisted June 24, 1861, discharged December 16, 1862, disability.

Matter, Henry, enlisted June 24, 1861.

Murry, James, enlisted June 24, 1861.

McDonald, H. H., enlisted June 24, 1861, discharged April 1, 1862, disability.

Maxwell, Joseph, enlisted June 24, 1861, discharged for disability September 10, 1862.

Moore, Albert, enlisted June 24, 1861, discharged December 31, 1862, disability.

Ollinger, S. H., enlisted June 24, 1861, wounded at Iuka, September 19, 1862.

Ocheltree, R. R., enlisted June 24, 1861, discharged June 20, 1863, disability.

Parsons, N. M. H., enlisted June 24, 1861, wounded at Iuka, September 19, 1862.

Rumsey, James, enlisted June 24, 1861.

Rumsey, John, enlisted June 24, 1861, wounded at Iuka September 19, 1862, transferred to Marine Brigade March 2, 1863.

Ray, J. L., enlisted June 24, 1861.

Rogers, N. H., enlisted June 24, 1861.

Smurr, J. S., enlisted June 24, 1861, wounded at Iuka September 19, 1862.

Strohm, A. H., enlisted June 24, 1861, discharged for disability December 31, 1862.

Styles, W. P., enlisted June 24, 1861, died in Missouri December, 1861.

Tevis, C. D., enlisted June 24, 1861, wounded September 19, 1862, captured at Tunnel Hill, Missouri, November 25, 1863, died at Andersonville.

Wirick, Jacob, enlisted June 24, 1861, discharged for disability May 17, 1862.

Wicks, J. E., enlisted June 24, 1861.

Wills, Thomas, enlisted June 24, 1861.

Wood, P. D., enlisted June 24, 1861, discharged December 31, 1861, disability.

Warren, J. D. R., enlisted June 24, 1861, died September 30, 1862, disability.

Waterhouse, W. D., enlisted June 24, 1861, killed at Madison Station May 17, 1863.

Zeidler, Helburn, enlisted June 24, 1861, wounded at Iuka September 19, 1862, and at Vicksburg May 22, 1863.

Weaver, J. F., enlisted September 1, 1861, wounded at Iuka September 19, 1862.

Gillett, H. A., enlisted September 1, 1861.

Pegole, W. F., enlisted September 1, 1861, wounded at Iuka, September 19, 1862.

Stout, J. C., enlisted September 1, 1861, died at Andersonville.

Magee, J. B., enlisted October 5, 1862, discharged January 28, 1863, disability.

Edgar, James, enlisted October 5, 1862, killed at Iuka September 19, 1862.

Webb, J. F., enlisted October 5, 1862, wounded at Iuka September 19, 1862, discharged January 15, 1863.

(Note:  History lists enlistment date for Magee, Edgar & Webb as October 5, 1862 -- but year is probably 1861.)

 

 
 

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