Iowa Thirteenth Infantry

This information has been transcribed and graciously provided by volunteer John Davis from
the "1880 History of Keokuk County Iowa."

The Thirteenth Infantry was organized in October, 1861. Company D, in which Keokuk County was represented was mustered in on the 21st. Its first colonel was the gallant hero, Marcellus M. Crocker, who was rapidly promoted to brigadier general. He led the regiment in but two battles, at Shiloh and Corinth. The Thirteenth received its baptism of blood at Shiloh, April 6th 1862, where for ten hours it was under the fire of the enemy, sustaining a loss of twenty four killed, and one hundred and thirty nine wounded; missing nine.

Immediately after the battle of Shiloh, the Iowa brigade was organized, composed of the eleventh, fifteenth and sixteenth Iowa regiments and became one of the oldest and most distinguished brigades in the army of the Tennessee. It was accorded the honor of once saving the entire army of the Tennessee from a terrible defeat. In the winter of 1862-63, the regiment with its brigade, returned from General Grant's march into central Mississippi, to Lafayette, Tennessee; and on the 22nd of January, left for Young's Point, Louisiana, where the regiment worked hard on the celebrated Vicksburg canal, and until the following September its duties were fatiguing. On the 6th of May the enemy evacuated a point opposite Grand Gulf, and the Iowa brigade at once took possession, and until after the battles of Champion's Hill and Black River Bridge, Grand Gulf was held by the Iowa brigade, and was a base of supplies for Grant's army. At midnight, on the 19th of May, the Iowa brigade was ordered back to Young's Point by forced marches, and sent by boat to the assistance of Sherman up the Yazoo river, but it was not needed, and retraced its steps arriving at the front on the 22nd. On the 26th, the brigade was ordered out with McArthur's division to disperse the enemy who were concentrating in the direction of Yazoo City and the upper Big Black, to move on Grant's rear. This march will be remembered by the Thirteenth as the hardest made by the regiment unless that to Monroe Louisiana, and one through the bottomless swamps of South Carolina are expected. It was in the heat of a southern sun, amid suffocating dust and at rapid pace, but was not barren of results. The return march through Yazoo valley resulted in the destruction on immense quantities of corn and cotton, and the addition of five thousand head of cattle, sheep and hogs to the commissariat of Grant's army. The autumn and most of the winter were spent by the Thirteenth at Vicksburg, and it was there the regiment re-enlisted as veterans, though it did not take its furlough until after the march to Meridian. The remainder of the history of the regiment is summed p in the noble accord of the army, in the three unparalleled marches of General Sherman - from Dalton to Atlanta; Atlanta to Savannah; Savannah to Goldsboro and Washington. The heroic act which gave the regiment a national reputation was at the capture of Columbia, South Carolina, on the 17th of February, 1865; Lieutenant Colonel J.C. Kennedy, placed the regimental colors on the capital building. The regiment was mustered out at Louisville, Kentucky. July 21, 1865. The total casualties of the regiment were 542 enlisted men, and 49 of officers, or the largest of officers of any Iowa regiments except the second, sixth and seventh.

Company D*

Officers

-Abraham C. Price captain; resigned Nov 11, 1862
-Joseph B. Homa first lieutenant; resigned Apr 19, 1862
-Justinian Ray second lieutenant; resigned Feb 8, 1862
-Alonzo J. Pope first sergeant; wounded at Shiloh, Apr 1862; promoted to second lieutenant Apr 20, 1862; First           Lieutenant Nov 12, 1862; captain May 24, 1864; Major May 12, 1865; captured at Atlanta Jul 22, 1864
-Brice McBeth second sergeant, promoted first sergeant Apr 20, 1862; discharged Oct 23, 1862; for disability
-Thomas F. Griffin third sergeant; promoted to second sergeant Apr 20, 1862; discharged Nov 4, 1864, for disability
-Robert F. Lowe fourth sergeant, wounded at Shiloh Apr 6, 1862 promoted to third sergeant, Apr 20th, 1862; First           sergeant Oct 23, 1862, veteranized Jan 4, 1864; Wounded at Kenesaw Mountain Jun 26, 1864; died of Wounds           Jun 30, 1864, at Big Shanty Georgia
-William R. Triggs fifth sergeant; promoted to fourth sergeant, Apr 20, 1862; died at Vicksburg Aug 7, 1863
-William II. McLean first corporal, discharged for disability, Mar 1, 1862
-William Chesney second corporal, promoted to fifth sergeant, Jul 25, 1862
-Lorenso A. Linville third corporal, promoted to fifth sergeant, Apr 20, 1862; sergeant major Jul 25, 1862
-Wesley II. Orton fourth corporal, promoted third corporal Apr 20-, 1862 veteranized Jan 1, 1864, ordered to ranks Jul           1, 1864
-James E. Brown fifth corporal; discharged for disability Jan 26, 1862
-James H. Waugh sixth corporal; wounded at Shiloh Apr 6, 1862; reduced to ranks at his own request; Discharged for           disability Jul 20, 1862; for disability
-Samuel P. Bailey seventh corporal
-John T. Parker eight corporal; promoted to commissary sergeant Feb 12, 1862; promoted second lieutenant Nov 12           1862; veteranized Jan 1, 1864, promoted to first lieutenant May 20, 1864; captured near Atlanta, Georgia Jul 22,           1864; Promoted to captain May 12, 1865
-David W. Shean musician; veteranized Jan 1, 1864
-Thomas A. Wade musician; veteranized Jan 1, 1864

Privates

-Adams, Henry C. veteranized Jan 1, 1864; promoted to fifth corporal Jan 22, 1864
-Anderson, Homer died at Jefferson City, Jan 5, 1862
-Allen, John N. veteranized Jan 1, 1864; captured at Atlanta Jul 22, 1864; promoted to fourth corporal Jan 22, 1864
-Bell, Robert
-Blair, John T. promoted
-Barnes, Joseph enlisted Feb 10, 1862; veteranized Jan 1 1864; captured at Atlanta Jul 22, 1864; died at Annapolis           Maryland, Dec 4, 1864
-Bringman, Oscar D. enlisted Dec 14, 1863
-Brown, Vestal S.
-Baker, William died near Grand Junction Tennessee, Nov 13, 1862
-Buck, Dudley veteranized Jan 1, 1864
-Basil, Stephen died at Jefferson City, Jan 4, 1862
-Boyd, Abraham
-Bottorf, Isaac W. wounded at Shiloh, Apr 6, 1862 discharged Nov 15, 1862; for disability
-Brokaw, William H. captured at Atlanta Jul 22, 1864
-Brunt, Samuel W. wounded at Shiloh Apr 6, 1862; promoted fourth corporal Apr 20, 1862; third sergeant Oct 23, 1862
-Booten, George M. enlisted Feb 10, 1862; veteranized Jan 1, 1864; captured date and place unknown
-Booten, William S. wounded at Kenesaw Mountain July 2, 1864; discharged May 26, 1865
-Beardsley, John S. enlisted Jan 5, 1864
-Bonsall, Leoi enlisted Mar 25, 1862; died on steamer "City of Louisville" Jun 2, 1862
-Bray, Harman
-Brown, David S. enlisted Oct 18; teamster division headquarters; ordered to regiment and not heard of since
-Castor, Dennis wounded at Shiloh, Apr 6, 1862; died at Vicksburg Oct 4, 1863
-Curtis, Norval F. wounded at Shiloh Apr 6, 1862 died at Milliken's Bend, Louisiana, Sep 28, 1863; by burning of           steamer "R. Campbell JR"
-Cochrane, William C. discharged Aug 2, 1862
-Cooper, William H. discharged Aug 2, 1862
-Curry, James D veteranized Jan 1, 1864; promoted fifth sergeant Jan 22, 1864
-Dalton, William wounded at Shiloh Apr 6, 1862
-Dobie, George W. discharged Jan 1, 1864; promoted to fifth sergeant Jan 22, 1864
-Dunbar, John S. veteranized Jan 1, 1864
-Dana, George B. appointed hospital steward Oct 8, 1862
-Dawson, John M.
-Ellis, John M. wounded at Kenesaw Mountain Jul 8, 1864
-Far, John R. discharged Apr 21, 1863 for disability
-Ford, Channey veteranized Jan 1, 1864; promoted eight corporal Jul 1, 1864
-Fleming, Franklin F. wounded at Shiloh; promoted third sergeant Jan 29, 1864
-Fritzler, Albert wounded at Shiloh
-Green, William S. discharged Apr 23, 1863 for disability
-Gregory, Oscar L. veteranized Jan 1, 1864
-Gorrell, Josiah appointed wagoner
-Hornback, Abraham veteranized Jan 1, 1864
-Hogin, George R. promoted commissary sergeant; promoted second lieutenant Feb 12, 1862' first lieutenant Apr 20,           1862; captain Nov 12, 1862; resigned May 23, 1864
-Hebard, Stephan S. transferred for promotion to captain fourth Mississippi Infantry (colored)
-Irvin, Jacob discharged Oct 23, 1862
-Johnson, William wounded at Shiloh, Apr 6, 1862; veteranized Jan 1, 1864; transferred for promotion to colored           regiment
-Johnson, Charles A.
-Johnson, Samuel E. wounded at Shiloh; transferred for promotion in ninth Louisiana colored regiment
-Hacobs, John W. wounded at Shiloh, veteranized Jan 1, 1864; promoted first corporal Jan 22, 1864
-Kendall, Charles F. veteranized Jan 1, 1864; promoted seventh corporal Jul 4, 1864
-Lasch, Jacob discharged Oct 23, 1864; for disability
-Lickey, George killed at Shiloh
-McDaniel, Andrew B. enlisted Jan 27, 1864; killed at Atlanta, Jul 21, 1864
-McGahey, William B. veteranized Jan 1, 1864; promoted first sergeant Jul 1, 1864 captured at Atlanta Jul 21, 1864
-Macintosh, Clark C. wounded at Shiloh Apr 6, 1862 discharged for wounds Jul 2, 1862
-McAllen, S. Calvin
-McLenahan, James E.
-McCrery, James died Jul 10, 1963; at regimental hospital
-McPeek, Charles H. missing at Shiloh; supposed to have been killed and buried unrecognized
-Martin, Richard S. promoted eight corporal Feb 12, 1862; wounded at Shiloh Apr 6, 1862
-Marshall, Charles W. discharged May 1, 1862 for disability
-Meeker, David B. veteranized Jan 1, 1864; killed at Atlanta Jul 21, 1864
-Melogue, William L. veteranized Jan 1, 1864; promoted fourth sergeant Jan 22, 1864; captured at Atlanta Jul 22, 1864
-Miller, Abram A. promoted second corporal Jul 25, 1862; veteranized Jan 1, 1864; as private; promoted sixth corporal           Jul 22, 1864; captured at Atlanta Jul 22, 1864; died Mar 16, 1865; At Wheeling West Virginia
-Minteer, Upton W. wounded at Shiloh, discharged Dec 29, 1862 for disability
-Nelson, John C. enlisted Feb 17, 1864; died at Mound City May 25, 1864
-Paslay, Morgan wounded at Shiloh; veteranized Jan 1, 1864
-Pinkerton, Cyrus veteranized Jan 1, 1864; missing in action At Atlanta Jul 22, 1864
-Phelps, Daniel M. wounded at Shiloh; discharged Aug 15, 1862
-Ringlow, George W. enlisted Jan 29, 1864
-Robinson, Herrick wounded at Shiloh
-Rider, Nelson died at Stevenson Alabama Jan 2, 1865
-Skinner, William veteranized Jan 1, 1864 as corporal
-Stillwell, George F. discharged for disability, May 1, 1862
-Shaver, Peter
-Sisson, James J. veteranized Jan 1, 1864; missing at Atlanta in action, Jul 22, 1864
-Sisson, William C. enlisted Mar 25, 1864; wounded Jul 8, 1864 near Atlanta; mustered out Jul 21, 1865
-Shean, David W. enlisted Dec 19, 1862
-Shawhan, David W. discharged Aug 11, 1862
-Stokesberry, John W. discharged May 1, 1862 for disability
-Stokesberry, Joseph A. died Oct 24, 1862 at Vicksburg Mississippi
-Skean, John W. veteranized Jan 1, 1864; wounded at Atlanta Jul 22, 1864
-Silence, George W. died at Pittsburg Landing Apr 7, 1862
-Stranahan, Andrew wounded at Shiloh; veteranized Jan 1, 1864
-Smith, George M. veteranized Jan 1, 1864
-Slatterly, John enlisted Nov 3, 1864; died May 21, 1865 at Doud's Island New York
-Wyman, Stephen veteranized Jan 1, 1864; missing in action at Atlanta Jul 22, 1864
-Wilson, Thomas died Jul 9, 1862, at Muscatine
-White, Thomas J.
-Wilson, John enlisted Feb 28, 1864
-Whiteman, Calder
-Williams, James W.
-Yearick, Samuel W. promoted fourth corporal; Oct 23, 862 veteranized Jan 18, 1864
-Young, Benjamin G. enlisted Nov 18, 1864

*Enlisted July 3, 1861 unless otherwise stated.

Company I

-Rickey, Henry died Jun 12, 1862 near New Albany Indiana
-White, Frederick E. enlisted Dec 11, 1862; veteranized Feb 19, 1864
-White, Lewis enlisted Apr 18, 1864; killed at Atlanta Jul 22, 1864
-Wragar, Albert enlisted Mar 28, 1864; wounded Jul 9, 1864; transferred to veteran invalid corps
-Bringman, Oscar D. enlisted Dec 3, 1863; company unknown
-Fuller, Ezra enlisted Mar 20, 1862; company unknown

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