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The 1878 History of Benton County, Iowa
pages 392-393
Fifth Infantry

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, Mo., and from there to Boonville, Mo.; thence followed the rebel army under Price to Springfield, Mo., 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, Reinzi and Jacinto until Sept. 18, 1862, when they started for Iuka [Mississippi], where, on the 19th, they took part in the battle of Iuka, where Co. A went into a fight with 43 men, and had 27 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, inconsequence 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, Miss. From here they were ordered to Raymond and Jackson, and back to the battle of Champion Hill, where Co. 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 22nd 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 Sept. 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 30 men in killed and wounded, and 8 officers and 76 men taken prisoners, leaving only 65 men in the regiment who answered at roll call that evening. They afterward went down the river to Stevenson and Huntsville, Ala., 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, Ga. They pursued the rebel Gen. Wheeler in the last raid to the rear of Sherman, in June, 1865, 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 Sept. 28, 1864, at Gen. Kilpatrick’s headquarters, fifteen miles south of Atlanta, Ga.


Company C

Artist, Daniel W., Sergeant, enlisted June 24, 1861, killed in battle Champion Hills.

Bain, John, enlisted March 11, 1861.

Baldwin, James, enlisted June 15, 1861. (2)

Binder, Benjamin, enlisted Sept. 6, 1862, killed in action at Champion Hills May 16, 1863.

Blakely, Edward C., enlisted July 15, 1861. (2)

Brainard, James, enlisted July 15, 1861. (2)

Cadman, Edward, Corporal, enlisted June 24, 1861, wounded at Champion Hills, discharged Oct. 29, 1862.

Cagley, Jacob, enlisted Aug. 11, 1862.

Campbell, Americus, Sergeant, enlisted June 24, 1861, wounded at Iuka, transferred Invalid Corps. (1)

Campbell, Samuel, enlisted Nov. 5, 1861, wounded at Vicksburg, discharged Jan. 14, 1864, wounds.

Cantonwine, David, enlisted Aug. 15, 1862, captured at Chattanooga.(2) (23)

Clark, William F., enlisted July 15, 1861. (2)

Cole, S. W., enlisted July 15, 1861, transferred Invalid Corps.

Cox, Edmond D., Corporal, enlisted June 15, 1861, captured at Chattanooga, TN. (1) (4)

Cox, Henry, enlisted Aug. 11, 1862, captured at Chattanooga. (2)

Cox, Milton, Corporal, enlisted June 15, 1861, discharged Feb. 13, 1862

Cox, William A., enlisted Aug. 11, 1862, captured at Chattanooga. (2)

Day, H. A., Corporal, enlisted June 24, 1861, discharged

Day, Henry A., enlisted July 15, 1861.

Demotte, Lawrence, enlisted July 15, 1861, captured at Chattanooga. (1) (6)

Dempsey, John, enlisted July 15, 1861, transferred to 36 Co. 1st Bat. Invalid Corps.

Ditch, David, enlisted July 15, 1861. (2)

Ditch, Henry, enlisted July 15, 1861, killed in battle Iuka Sept. 19, 1862.

Downey, Patrick, Corporal, enlisted June 15, 1861, wounded at Champion Hills, died at Davenport Dec. 16, 1863. (3)

Downs, Robert J., enlisted July 15, 1861, wounded at Vicksburg.

Eisenhaur, Nicholas, enlisted July 15, 1861, wounded at Champion Hills. (1) (7)

Frazer, Rufus, enlisted July 15, 1861, discharged Sept. 18, 1862, disabled (8)

Gillespie, Stewart, enlisted July 15, 18611, killed at Champion Hills May 16, 1863.

Graham, William, Sergeant, enlisted June 15, 1861, captured at Chattanooga.

Halehan, Robert, enlisted Aug. 27, 1862. (1)

Hatfield, Lewis S., enlisted July 15, 1861, captured at Helena, Ark. (2)

Hatfield, William W., enlisted July 15, 1861.

Henderson, John, enlisted July 15, 1861.

Holsey, N. Z., enlisted Aug. 27, 1862, discharged June 11, 1863. (9)

Hunt, Jacob S., Captain, commissioned 1861, resigned Jan. 14, 1862.

Huyck, George (10)

Jenks, Edwin, Sergeant, enlisted June 24, 1861, discharged April 26, 1862, disabled.

Johnson, James (11)

Kabrick, Peter, enlisted July 15, 1861, died April 3, 1862, at St. Louis. (12)

King, George, enlisted Sept. 6, 1862, transferred to Invalid Corps.

Lane, Isaac, enlisted July 15, 1861.

Lebsch, John, enlisted Aug. 11, 1862.

Magill, John, Wagoner, enlisted Nov. 13, 1861, discharged Oct. 14, 1862, disabled

Martin, Addison W., enlisted Aug. 7, 1862, wounded at Champion Hills, died at Cairo Sept. 19, 1863. (1) (14)

Martin, Basil H., Sergeant, enlisted June 24, 1861, wounded at Iuka.

Matthews, James, enlisted Aug. 11, 1862. (17)

McCoy, George B., enlisted July 15, 1861, captured at Chattanooga. (13)

McLaughlin, Thomas, enlisted June 24, 1861.

Meehan, Augustus, enlisted Aug. 27, 1862, wounded at Champion Hills. (15)

Miskimmons, James M., enlisted Sept. 23, 1862, wounded at Iuka. (2)

Miskimmons, Joseph, enlisted June 24, 1861, wounded at Iuka. (2)

Miskimmons, Lewis, enlisted June 24, 1861. (2) (16)

Miskimmons, William, Musician, enlisted June 24, 1861.

Moody, James, enlisted June 24, 1861.

Mossman, A. S., Sergeant, enlisted June 24, 1861, wounded at Champion Hills, captured at Missionary Ridge.

Mossman, Harrison, Nov. 5, 1861. (19)

Mount, William W., enlisted July 15, 1861. (2)

Myers, Emanuel, enlisted July 24, 1861, captured at Chattanooga. (1) (18)

Norton, Alexander, enlisted July 24, 1861.

Oberlander, Samuel, Second Lieutenant, commissioned 1861, resigned Jan. 29, 1862. (1)

Onstott, David, enlisted June 24, 1861. (2)

Pangburn, John E., Second Lieutenant, enlisted as Sergeant Jan. 24, 1861, promoted to 1st Sergeant, then 2nd Lieutenant Sept. 4, 1862, wounded at Iuka, discharged Nov. 18, 1863.

Pickerell, William F., Captain., commissioned 1st Lieutenant 1861, promoted Captain Jan. 15, 1862, taken prisoner at Missionary Ridge Nov. 25, 1863, honorably discharged Dec. 19, 1864.

Porter, Richard, enlisted June 24, 1861. (2)

Pratt, Milo, enlisted Sept. 6, 1862.

Pratt, Morgan, Sergeant, enlisted June 24, 1861, captured at Chattanooga.

Robbins, Walter S., Corporal, enlisted June 24, 1861. (1) (2) (25)

Scott, James C., enlisted June 24, 1861. (2) (20)

Sexton, Thomas, enlisted June 24, 1861.

Shields, Thomas, Corporal, enlisted June 24, 1861, wounded at Tunnel Hill, died at Chattanooga Dec. 14, 1863, wounds (5)

Starks, Lyman H., Corporal, enlisted June 24, 1861.

Stewart, Elijah, enlisted June 24, 1861. (1) (2)

Stewart, Isaac H., enlisted June 24, 1861, died at Mt. Vernon, Ind., July, 1862.

Stewart, William, enlisted June 24, 1861. (2)

Strawn, Samuel H., enlisted June 24, 1861. (1)

Summers, Charles L., Second Lieutenant, enlisted as Sergeant June 24, 1861, promoted to 1st Sergeant, then 2nd Lieutenant Feb. 1, 1862, resigned Sept. 3, 1862.

Taylor, Lorenzo D., enlisted June 24, 1861. (1) (2)

Thompson, Marquiz L., enlisted June 24, 1861, discharged Oct. 6, 1861. (1)

Thompson, Martin, enlisted June 24, 1861, captured at Chattanooga. (21)

Van Horn, Arthur, enlisted June 24, 1861, discharged July, 1862, disabled

Waitman, John, enlisted June 24, 1861, died Sept. 27, 1862, of wound received at Iuka. (22)

Webb, John C., enlisted June 24, 1861.

Wetz, Jacob, Sergeant, enlisted June 24, 1861, discharged Dec. 18, 1862, disabled.

White, John, enlisted June 24, 1861. (2)

Williams, James G., enlisted June 24, 1861, died Nov. 16, 1861, at Otterville, MO.

Wilson, Philo D., Corporal, enlisted June 24, 1861, wounded at Champion Hills,

Wood, Simeon, Corporal, enlisted June 24, 1861, died at Boonesville, Mo., Nov. 9, 1861. (24)

Notations:

(1) spelling from Adjutant General's Iowa roster

(2) transferred to 5th Cavalry, Co. I , Ref: Adjutant General's Iowa roster

(3) buried Rock Island, IL, National cemetery, Ref: Adjutant General's Iowa roster

(4) died in Andersonville prison Aug. 10, 1864, Buried Andersonville, GA, Nat'l Cemetery, GA, Grave 5244, Ref: Adjutant General's Iowa roster

(5) buried Chattanooga Nat'l Cemetery Section B, Grave 382 Ref: Adjutant General's Iowa roster

(6) died in prison Aug 10, 1864, buried Andersonville, GA, Nat'l Cemetery, Grave 4675, Ref: Adjutant General's Iowa roster

(7) enlisted Benton Co. in 5th infantry, transferred to 5th Cavalry but enlisted in 5th Cavalry as resident of Black Hawk Co.

(8) residence given as Gomersol, Ref: Adjutant General's Iowa roster

(9) residence given as Walnut

(10) listed in 5th Inf. roster as res. Kankakee, IL, transferred to Fifth Cavalry listed in 5th Cavalry as George Huyck resident of Vinton, Ref: Adjutant General's Iowa roster

(11) Johnston spelled Johnson on 5th infantry list enlisted May 9, 1864, mustered out May 11, 1864, Ref: Adjutant General's Iowa roster

(12) resident given as Gomersal, died of smallpox, buried St. Louis, MO, National cemetery, Ref: Adjutant General's Iowa roster

(13) died in prison Andersonville, GA, buried Andersonville Nat'l Cemetery, Grave 10827, Ref: Adjutant General's Iowa roster

(14) buried Mound City, IL, Nat'l Cemetery, Section A, Grave 303

(15) mustered out Aug. 18, 1864 end of term, Ref: Adjutant General's Iowa roster

(16) enlisted as musician, Ref: Adjutant General's Iowa roster

(17) residence given as Fairfield, Ref: Adjutant General's Iowa roster

(18) died in prison Apr. 2, 1864, Andersonville, GA, buried Andersonville Nat'l Cemetery, Grave 307, Ref: Adjutant General's Iowa roster

(19) transferred to Invalid Corp Apr. 30, 1864

(20) promoted 3rd sergeant. May 16, 1863 Ref: Adjutant General's Iowa roster

(21) died Andersonville prison, 26 July 1864 buried Andersonville Nat'l Cemetery, Grave 3986, Ref: Adjutant General's Iowa roster

(22) buried Union National Cemetery Corinth, MS, Section A, Grave 46

(23) died in prison Oct. 13, 1864, buried Andersonville National Cemetery, Grave 10845, Ref: Adjutant General's Iowa roster

(24) buried in Jefferson City, MO, National cemetery, Section 6, Grave 47, Ref: Adjutant General's Iowa roster

(25) promoted Fifth Sergeant May 16, 1863, Ref: Adjutant General's Iowa roster


Transcribed, 2006, by Tierney Ratti.



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