Fortieth Infantry

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

This regiment was mustered into service, at Iowa City, November 15, 1862 and immediately moved to Columbus, Kentucky arriving on the 18th, where it remained during the winter until March 3rd, 1863 when it moved to Paducah. May 31st, by order of General Grant, the regiment was ordered to Vicksburg. It reached Sartatia, on the Yazoo River, June 4, and during the siege of Vicksburg it was stationed in the vicinity of Haine's Bluff. In did not meet the enemy in battle, but it encountered a more deadly foe in the disease laden waters of the Yazoo river. Its fifty days service there was the worst in all its history. It next moved to Helena, arriving there Jul 26, and after a short rest, joined General Steele's forces against Little Rock. Reduced by malarial disease as was the regiment, this march told fearfully on their weakened constitutions; and of the six hundred men who started only two hundred and fifty reported for duty on the morning of the entry into Little Rock. The regiment remained at Little Rock until the spring of 1864, when it moved with Steele's forces on the Camden expedition and in the great battle of the campaign, at Jenkin's Ferry, the regiment distinguished itself, though for some reason it was divided, and only companies H, E, K and G were engaged, and for four hours without relief, in the hottest of the fight, they held their ground and covered themselves wroth renown. They remembered the little speech to them in the morning by Colonel J. A. Garrett, typical of the man, and his confidence in the men. Said he:

"Boys! We will probably have a little fight. Remember your own good name and the fair fame of the glorious State which sent you to the field. Don'' tarnish it.

Do you see the flag? Follow and defend it! Don't shoot at the sky; there are no rebels up there. That climate does not suit them. Aim low, and send them where they belong' That's all"

The regiment remained at Little Rock until the following February, when in response to a request of Brigadier General Bussey to the war department to send him a first rate regiment the Fortieth was ordered to Ft. Smith, as what he wanted. It was subsequently sent to Ft. Gibson, where it remained until mustered out, August 2, 1865.

The casualties were: Killed 19, died 173; discharged for disease, 140; total 332 enlisted men. Of officers: 3 killed; 3 dismissed; 29 resigned; total 35.

Company C

-Michael M Rice first sergeant; enlisted Aug 14, promoted second lieutenant Jun 20, 1863; first lieutenant Mar 27,           1864; captain Jan 15, 1865
-Leathers, Jefferson enlisted Dec 22, 1864

Company I*

*Enlisted in 1862 unless otherwise stated


-Elisha Sampson enlisted Aug 20; discharged Mar 19, 1864
-DeWitt C. Baker first lieutenant; enlisted Aug 20; promoted captain Mar 20, 1864; resigned Dec 20, 1864
-James W. Ward second lieutenant; enlisted Aug 20, promoted first lieutenant Mar 20, 1864; captured at Moro Creek,           Ark. Apr 25, 1864; promoted captain Dec 21, 1864; Died at New Orleans Dec 24, 1864
-James P. A. Lewis second sergeant; enlisted Aug 12
-Isaac H. Dempsey, third sergeant; enlisted Aug 12; promoted second lieutenant Mar 20, 1864; captain Jan 14, 1865
-David A. Stockman fourth sergeant; enlisted Aug 12, discharged for disability
-John A. Fitzler fifth sergeant, enlisted Aug 12, died Mar 25, 1863 at Columbus Kentucky
-John J. Wade first corporal; enlisted Aug 12,; wounded April 10, 1864, at Prairie d'Anne, Ark died Apr 15, of wounds           near Camden Ark
-John Whitcomb second corporal enlisted Aug 12
-Franklin Connelly, fourth corporal; enlisted Aug 12, Died Jan 1, 1863 at Columbus Kentucky
-Ackley C. Beaman fifth corporal enlisted Aug 12
-John Bowen sixth corporal; enlisted Aug 12, discharged Ma5, at Paducah Kentucky
-Elijah Twiggs seventh corporal; enlisted Aug 15
-Allen J. Snider musician; enlisted Aug 12
-William A. York musician enlisted Aug 12


-Anderson, Jesse L. enlisted Aug 12. Wounded Apr 10, 1864 at Prairie d'Anne Ark
-Abraham, Wilson enlisted Aug 12
-Burton, William M. enlisted Aug 12
-Brown, Joseph enlisted Aug 12
-Brown, Thomas E. enlisted Aug 14
-Bradley, Cyrus N. enlisted Aug 12
-Bowen, George enlisted Aug 12
-Bowen, William G. enlisted Aug 12, died Feb, 4, 1864 at Little Rock
-Bowen, Alonzo enlisted Aug 12
-Bonham, Harvey A. enlisted Aug 15
-Black, William P. enlisted Aug 12
-Carlisle, Daniel H. enlisted Nov 26
-Cochrane, John L. enlisted Aug 12
-Casey, James enlisted Aug 12
-Cook, Jefferson enlisted Aug 15
-Cecil, John enlisted Aug 15
-Dill, Samuel enlisted Aug 15
-Dill, John W. enlisted Aug 12; discharged Jun 17, 1864 for disability
-Dill, John C. enlisted Aug 12, died Aug 30, 1863 at Memphis
-Dixon, William enlisted Aug 12
-Dunlap, Samuel H. enlisted Aug 15; discharged Apr 20, 1864 for disability
-Dickerson, Lornezo enlisted Aug 15
-Ellis, William enlisted Aug 12
-Feaster, James enlisted Aug 12; died Sep 20, 1863 at Memphis
-Forgrave, Lyman W. enlisted Aug 12
-Gregory, Eli enlisted Aug 15
-Goss, James G. enlisted Aug 12
-Griffin S. S. V. enlisted Dec 6
-Gray, Joseph D. enlisted Aug 15
-Grimsly, Abram M. enlisted Aug 14
-Griffin, James R. enlisted Aug 15
-Hinkle, Philip enlisted Aug 15; died Apr 6, 1863 at Columbus Kentucky
-Hasty, John enlisted Aug 12
-Hewett, Ebenezer C. enlisted Aug 12
-Hewett, Alexander enlisted Aug 12
-Itel, John J. enlisted Aug 15; wounded while on guard duty accidentally; discharged for wounds Mar 20, 1863
-Jones, William A. enlisted Aug 12
-Lewis, Thomas enlisted Aug 14
-Mills, Berry M. enlisted Aug 12
-Morgan, Nathan, enlisted Aug 12
-Overton, John J. enlisted Aug 15; discharged May 23, 1863 for disability
-Purkeypile, Nelson enlisted Aug 15
-Pauley, Jeremiah enlisted Aug 15
-Perkins, Elisha enlisted Aug 15
-Reed, Hugh enlisted Aug 15
-Rash, William W. enlisted Aug 14
-Runyan, Moses enlisted Aug 14, transferred to veteran reserve corps Jan 10, 1865
-Ramsey, Jacob T. enlisted Aug 13
-Ryan, William H. enlisted Aug 12
-Rosel, Hiram enlisted Aug 12
-Sampson, John L. enlisted Aug 12
-Seaman, Benjamin enlisted Aug 15, promoted to first lieutenant Jon 14, 1865 for first sergeant
-Stought, William A. enlisted Aug 12; discharged Mar 22, 1863 for disability
-Shockley, Benjamin E. enlisted Aug 12; died Jan 9, 1863 at Columbus Kentucky
-Smith, William H. enlisted Aug 15
-Triggs, Isaac enlisted Aug 12
-Triggs, Hiram G. enlisted Aug 12
-Urie, John enlisted Aug 12
-Urie, William enlisted Aug 14
-Waddell, Hiram enlisted Aug 15; discharged Mar 20, 1863 for disability
-Whistler, Martin V. enlisted Aug 15; drowned in Arkansas River Jan 1, 1865
-Waddell, Winton enlisted Aug 12
-Worly, William B enlisted Aug 14
-York, Elias H. enlisted Aug 12
-York, William T. enlisted Aug 12
-Yule, George enlisted Aug 12; promoted second lieutenant Jan 14, 1865 form first sergeant


-Bailey, Somerset W. enlisted Oct 29, 1864
-Barley, Daniel enlisted Sep 12, 1864
-Carlisle, William enlisted Dec 26, 1863
-Case, Benjamin H. enlisted Nov 4, 1864
-Cox, Daniel W. enlisted Feb 11, 1864; discharged Jun 17,1864 for disability
-Feaster, John N. enlisted Jan 4, 1864
-Gregory, William H. enlisted Jan 4, 1864
-Hewett, Cassius M. enlisted Jan 4, 1864
-Lathrop, James F. enlisted Jan 4, 1864
-Nass, Frederick enlisted Dec 21, 1863
-Nelson, Francis M. enlisted Nov 2, 1864
-Northup, Stephen M enlisted Jan 28, 1864
-Rich, Liberty J. enlisted Mar 31 1864
-Ray, Manning enlisted Mar 31, 1864
-Roberts, Samuel S. enlisted Jan 2, 1864; transferred to Co. B wounded Apr 3, and captured Apr 26, 1864 at Camden           Ark.
-Smith, John J. enlisted Mar 31, 1864
-Wareham, George O. enlisted Jan 4, 1864; died Han 6, 1865 at Little Rock Ark
-Watts, John enlisted Jan 4, 1864
-Warrington, John H. enlisted Jan 4,1865


Second Missouri

-Gundy, Otho W. company D second Missouri cavalry; enlisted Feb 9, 1862

Co. F

-Hornish, William Weekly; lived in Clear Creek Twp. from 1850 to 1874.
**This entry was added by descendent Janene Tumlinson

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