Iowa Seventh Infantry

This information has been transcribed and graciously provided by volunteer John Davis.

Reference: "1880 History of Keokuk County Iowa."

The Seventh Infantry entered the service immediately after the battle of Bull Run. There was an urgent demand for troops, and the regiment was hurriedly organized, and after the muster, on July 24th, 1861, it was sent to St. Louis for equipal, thence in Ironton, where it received its first drill in the manual of arms. Thence it was stationed and served at Cape Girardeau, Cairo, Tort Holt, Mayfield Creek, Camp Crittenden, Fort Jefferson, Kentucky, Norfolk and Bird's Point, leaving the latter November 6th, 1861 on the memorable Belmont expedition, to cut off troops being sent to Price's army, and to protect troops being sent by General Grant in pursuit of Jeff Thompson. At the battle of Belmont, November 7th, the regiment was the hero of the day. It suffered more than any other regiment, and received special mention by General Grant for its gallantry. A remarkable incident occurred while the Union troops were re-embarking in transports after this battle. The last boat had been landed, and as the hawser was being cast off, rebel artillery suddenly came to the river bank, a fun was quickly placed in position, and leveled on the loaded transport, and the gunner was in the act of pulling the lanyard when a shell from a Union gunboat exploded beneath the carriage of the gun, hurling the carriage, gun and all high in the air demolishing the carriage, and while in mid air the gun exploded. The rebel gunner and several others were killed. After this battle the regiment returned to Bird's Point, remained two months, when they took part in the capture of Fort Henry. February 12th, they joined the march against Fort Donelson, and the gallantry of Iowa troops on that occasion made J. G. Lauman, colonel of the regiment, a brigadier general. From Donelson, the regiment moved to Pittsburg, and took part in the battle of Shiloh. Next followed the siege of Corinth; thence to Iuka, where on the 19th of September, the fifth regiment suffered so terribly. The Seventh was not in this battle, being employed in a strategic movement to attract the enemy in another direction, but at Corinth it was hotly engaged, losing one-third the number engaged. All the color guard but one were killed or wounded. The regiment remained in the vicinity of Corinth, and in October, 1863, moved to Pulaski with General Dodge's command. In December the re-enlisted as veterans and came North on veteran furlough. In April it returned to the field, and with the second went to the front, and joined the campaign against Atlanta. At Oastanula River the regiment with Price's brigade was moving through heavy timber when it was suddenly charged by a whole brigade of rebel infantry. The brigade counter charged with a rust, driving the enemy from the field and gaining a position which necessitated the evacuation of Resaca, by the rebels. The Seventh lost heavily in this engagement. After Atlanta had fallen, the Seventh, with Rice's brigade, was transferred to the fifteenth army corps, and its history was that of General Logan's division, marching nearly back to Dalton, around through Snake Gap, thence to Savannah, thence 480 miles through swamps amid suffering and storm to Goldsboro, where the Confederacy collapsed. The regiment then started on the homeward march, via Raleigh, to Washington, where it was a part of the grand review, proud of its record inscribed on its banners. Thence it moved to Louisville, Kentucky where July 12, 1865 the veteran heroes were called up for muster out. Five hundred and fifty nine were checked as killed or wounded. The regiment had two Colonels, both of whom were made brigadier generals.

Company F

Officers

-Warner, Stephen C. fourth corporal; enlisted Jul 11, 1861; died Mar 1, 1862 at Smithland, Ky.
-Brooks, Joseph W. eight corporal; Promoted to Sergeant; discharged Sep 10, 1862, for promotion in thirty third            Missouri infantry

Privates

-Broadhead, William wounded at Belmont, Nov 7, 1861; discharged Apr 2, 1862 for disability
-Hampton, William W. enlisted Jul 11, 1861; died of injured form a railroad accident at DuQuion, Illinois, Jan 23, 1862
-Hossington, James E. enlisted July 11, 1861 wounded at Corinth, Oct 1862; discharged Dec 23, 1862
-Hoover, Daniel g. enlisted July 11, 1861; Veteranized Dec 26, 1863
-Kinney, Warren enlisted Jul 1861; killed at Belmont Nov 7, 1861
-Roe, William elicited July 11, 1861; died at St. Louis Feb 9, 1862

Company K

Officers

-Samuel R. Black captain; enlisted Jul 11, 1861; resigned Jul 3, 1863
-Jacob Snyder first lieutenant; enlisted Jul 11, 1861; resigned Jun 7, 1862
-Jesse F. Warner, second lieutenant; enlisted Jul 11, 1861; promoted to captain Jul 23, 1863; resigned Aug 29, 1864
-Timothy Spence, first sergeant; enlisted Jul 11, 1861; reduced to ranks Nov 6, 1861; promoted second sergeant;            promoted second lieutenant, Jul 23, 1863 and captain Aug 30, 1864
-Benjamin F. Kirkbride second sergeant; enlisted Jul 11, 1861; reduced to ranks Jul 15, 1862
-John N. Andrew third sergeant; promoted hospital steward Jan 23, 1862
-Leonard T. Sims fourth sergeant; enlisted Jul 11, 1861; discharged Feb 3, 1864 for disability
-James E. McIntyre fifth sergeant enlisted Jul 24, 1861; appointed musician Oct 21, 1861
-Samuel Goodwin first corporal; enlisted Jul 11, 1861; reduced to ranks Jan 12, 1862
-Hugh L. Duke third corporal, enlisted Jul 11, 1861; promoted third sergeant Jan 6, 1862; veteranized Jan 4, 1864,            promoted to second sergeant May 1, 1864
-Solomon W. Weyman fifth corporal; promoted third corporal Feb 25, 1862; veteranized Dec 25, 1863; promoted to            fourth sergeant May 1, 1864
-John R. Jones seventh corporal, enlisted Jul 11, 1861; discharged Oct 30, 1861; for disability
-David S. Bale musician, enlisted Aug 23, 1862

Privates

-Bales, Riley W. enlisted Jul 19, 1861
-Bales, Jonathan L. enlisted Dec 16, 1861; veteranized Jan 4, 1864
-Brown, Merritt S. enlisted Jan 11, 1861; wounded at Shiloh, Apr 6, 1862; veteranized Jan 4, 1864
-Berry, Benjamin F. enlisted Jan 11, 1861; discharged at Shiloh May 18, 1862
-Bales, William A. enlisted Aug 23, 1862; transferred to invalid corps Aug 13, 1863
-Bales, William D. enlisted Dec 21, 1862
-Bales, Worthington W. enlisted Aug 23, 1862
-Bales, Zachariah enlisted Dec 2, 1861
-Brooks, Alvah A. enlisted Jul 11, 1862
-Brown, Isaac enlisted Feb 20, 1862
-Charlton, George W. enlisted Jul 11, 1862; killed At Shiloh, Apr 6, 1862
-Cable, William enlisted Jul 11, 1861; discharged Jan 23, 1862 for disability
-Corpson, George enlisted Jul 11, 1861; discharged Nov 1, 1861 for disability
-Davis, Anderson enlisted Jul 11, 1861; for disability
-Dare, James enlisted Jul 11, 1861; promoted seventh corporal Sep 1, 1862
-Dutton, Sereno enlisted Dec 16, 1861; promoted fifth corporal Feb 25, 1862; third corporal Sep 1, 1862
-Franklin, John H. enlisted Jul 11, 1861; discharged Oct 29, 1861 for disability
-Faulkner, Nathan L. enlisted Jul 11, 1861
-Filley, Nathan H. enlisted Aug 22, 1862
-Hadley, William enlisted Jul 11, 1861; discharged Apr 8, 1863 for disability
-Harlan, William B. enlisted Jul 11, 1861; veteranized Dec 22, 1863
-Henning, Isaac enlisted Jul 11, 1861; discharged Oct 29, 1861 for disability
-Henshaw, Levi A. enlisted Jul 11, 1861; discharged Oct 30, 1862
-Hadley, Spencer J. enlisted Jul 30, 1861
-Jones, Cyrus S. enlisted Jul 11, 1861; veteranized Dec 25, 1863
-Johnson, Enos enlisted Feb 20, 1864
-Lee, Walter enlisted Mar 14, 1862
-McPherson, Joseph enlisted Jul 19, 1861
-Mendenhall, Asa enlisted Jul 30, 1861
-Manifee, Charles R. enlisted Feb 20, 1864; wounded place and date not reported
-Horten, Lewis enlisted Feb 20, 1864
-Roop, john V. enlisted Jul 19, 1861; veteranized Dec 23, 1864
-Snead, John enlisted Jul 11, 1861; veteranized Dec 23, 1864
-Storm, john W. Enlisted Jul 11, 1861; veteranized Jan 4, 1864
-Strohm, Christian C. enlisted Jul 11, 1861; promoted seventh corporal Oct 30, 1861; fourth corporal Feb. 25, 1862;            second corporal Sep 1, 1862
-Shaffer, Dudley C. enlisted Aug 23, 1862
-Smith, Elihu enlisted Aug 15, 1862
-Stephens, Benjamin G. enlisted Aug 21, 1862
-Stephens, Eli enlisted Nov 30, 1861; discharged Jul 14, 1862 for disability
-Thompson, Hiram E. enlisted Jul 11, 1861; died Oct 28, 1861 at Montezuma Iowa
-Thompson, John J. enlisted Ju1, 1861; discharged Apr 1, 1862, for disability
-Wheeler, Gilbert enlisted Jul 11, 1861; wounded at Shiloh, Apr 6, 1862; veteranized Dec 26 1863
-Wrightman, Minor promoted fifth sergeant, Oct 22, 1861; first sergeant Nov 6, 1861; first lieutenant Jun 8, 1862;            resigned Aug 8, 1864
-Wiggins, Bert enlisted Jul 11, 1861; died Oct 22, 1862 at Mound City, Illinois
-Warner, Washington enlisted Aug 21, 1862
-Wilcox, Jesse W. enlisted Feb 20, 1864
-Yates, David enlisted Jul 11, 1861
-York, Alfred M. enlisted Jul 11, 1861; discharged Mar 22, 1862 for disability
-York, Elias M. enlisted Jul 11, 1862; discharged Oct 28, 1862 for minority
-York, Moses, enlisted Feb 20, 1864

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