Iowa Third Infantry

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

The Third regiment was emphatically an Iowa representative regiment. It was organized quickly under the first call for troops, when the people rushed to arms if by magic. It had representatives from all parts of the State. It rendezvoused at Keokuk, was mustered into the United States service June 10th 1861, and at once sent to Missouri, where guerrillas, horse thieves and bushwhackers were harassing Union citizens everywhere. It was entangled in "red tape" at the start, and went to the field without a commanding officer above the rank of captain. It was equipped with the old Springfield muskets of "1848", but without bayonet, cartridge, or ration. Its first night was spent on the field in open air, trusting in Providence, tired and hungry. Colonel Williams joined the regiment at Chillicothe, but was soon order to St. Louis under arrest, when Lieutenant Colonel John Scott assumed command, who Sep 15th, moved out from Cameron to join the 16th Illinois against the rebel general, Atchinson. At Blue Mills the impetuosity of the men eager for a fray, led them into an ambush which resulted disastrously, and taught them a good lesson. Its next position was to guard the North Missouri railroad, where it remained until March, 1862, when it was ordered south, disembarking at Pittsburg Landing March 17th, joining the noble Fourth Army Division. It was at Shiloh, winning military glory by the loss of 200 out of 450 men engaged. June 2nd it went forth Sherman to Memphis. In September it went back to Corinth, fighting Hatchie on the way. For seven months following it was with Grant, through central Mississippi, back to Memphis, thence to Vicksburg, taking part in its capture; thence it joined Sherman in his chase after Joe Johnson, and was more conspicuous for brilliant service than any other Iowa regiment. In the siege of Jackson it also distinguished itself. Thence in December, returned to Vicksburg, and accompanied Sherman in his Meridan expedition, after which it took a veteran furlough. The non veterans were ordered to the Red River campaign, the two were never again united the veterans on returning to the filed, joined Sherman in his "March to the Sea" and a Atlanta, July 24th, 1864 it literally fought itself out of existence. Its color sergeant fell pierced with bullets, the colors captured. Subsequently, a squad of the regiment, who had been captured and taken into Atlanta, saw their colors borne through the streets by a squad of cavalry. They made a dash and recaptured it, and tore it into shreds. In July, 1864, it was so decimated as to lose its organization, and the few remaining men were consolidated with the Second Infantry, when four days later they were mustered out, July 12th, 1865. The regiment has one of the saddest and yet noblest, records of all those sent from the State.

Company H


-Bradley, William R. killed at Shiloh Apr 6, 1862
-Lathrop, F.
-Jerik, O.
-Hendrick, Charles discharged Mar 25, 1862 for disability
-Murdock, Melancthon D. discharged Nov 26, 1861 for disability

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