Spanish-American War/Conflict

Co. H, 52nd Inf.

Mohan, Jos.



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LeMars Globe, July 13, 1898


J. T. Mohan has received a letter from his son, Joe Mohan, advising him of
his safe arrival at Chickamauga and he expresses the belief that he will
like being a soldier.

LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel
September 8, 1898

Several of the Boys From the Front Arrive in LeMars on Furlough

Jos. Mohan, of company H, Fifty-second Iowa volunteers arrived home on Saturday on the evening train, which brought a number of boys home from Camp McKinley.  Joe looks a different boy from the strong and hearty youth who left here less than three months ago to render service for his country.  He has been sick at Chickamauga since the 17th of August and is still very weak and ill.  He got a ten days’ pass and has applied for further leave on account of sickness. Joe like the life until he fell sick and said he was growing stouter up to that time. He said he was satisfied and that his officers were first straight fellows, but he told of the poor quality of food given the boys and said they thought the blame should be put upon the contractors who sold it and on the inspectors.  He said the boys had to throw away bread given them as it was rotten and the meat was maggoty, despite the fact that the inspectors passed it.  Joe is very weak and not able to be around much and has feverish attacks which come on in the afternoon.

LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel
November 3, 1898


The Plymouth County contingent of soldiers, members of the Fifty-second Iowa
volunteers, returned home Monday morning on a special train arrived at 3:30,
which conveyed companies H, L, and M from Des Moines. They are home this
time to stay and resume their avocations as private citizens, after having
responded to the call of their country and faithfully performed the duties
which they were called upon to undertake after enlisting. Those who returned
this morning were John Connolly, Peter Wilmes, Henry Mammen, Jos. Mohan, W.
McGillvray, L. McGillvray, A. K. Shoup, W. Kennedy, Gus Forbes, Chas. Burns
Jr, of LeMars; Henry Brandt, of Struble; Dave Langhout, H. Eberhardt, A. K.
Shoup, Merrill; Clarence Moore and H. Ewing (sic William A. Ewin), of Seney.

Of several of the boys seen, they all agreed that if Uncle Sam needed their
services again, they would be willing to step right up to the front and
their only regret was that they never had a chance to go into action.

The LeMars boys on the whole have no complaint to make and in contradiction
to reports have nothing to say in disparagement of their officers and all
speak in highest terms of Colonel Humphrey, the head of the regiment.