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I checked the 8th Iowa Volunteer Cavalry roster and found two Dicks soldiers listed. They
served together with Company K:
Company K, 8th Iowa Volunteer Cavalry:
Dicks, Joel. (Veteran.) Age 20. Residence Muscatine, nativity Indiana. Enlisted Aug. 20,
1863. Mustered Sept. 9, 1863. Promoted Farrier July 2, 1864. Taken prisoner July 30, 1864,
Newnan, Ga. Returned to Company Oct. 14, 1864. Mustered out Aug. 13, 1865, Macon, Ga. See
Company D, Thirty-fifth Infantry.
Dicks, William H. Age 21. Residence Muscatine, nativity Ohio. Enlisted Aug. 20, 1863.
Mustered Sept. 9, 1863. Promoted Sixth Corporal Feb. 12, 1864; Fourth Corporal April 9,
1864. Taken prisoner July 30, 1864, Newnan, Ga. Promoted First Corporal Dec. 5, 1864.
Returned to Company June 8, 1865. Mustered out July 24, 1865, York, Pa. See Company E,
[Note that they were both taken prisoner on the same date, same place.]
I then checked the Roster of the 35th Iowa Volunteer Infantry for Joel Dicks:
Company D, 35th Iowa Volunteer Infantry:
Dicks, Joel. Age 18. Residence Muscatine, nativity Indiana. Enlisted Aug. 2, 1862.
Aug. 29, 1862. Discharged for disability May 9, 1863, Cairo, Ill. See Company K, Eighth
In addition, William Dicks served with Co. E, 18th Iowa Volunteer Infantry:
Dicks, William H. Age 20. Residence Muscatine County, nativity Ohio. Enlisted Aug. 1,
Mustered Aug. 7, 1862. Discharged for disability Dec. 10, 1862, Jefferson City, Mo. See
Company K, Eighth Cavalry.
As you'll note, both Joel and William Dicks first served in the latter regiments, the
35th Iowa and 18th Iowa infantry regiments. Both were discharged for disabilities but the
reasons for this aren't stated. Their disabilities could have been the result of
diseases, illnesses, injuries. Both apparently recovered enough to reenlist in the 8th
Iowa Cavalry (possibly so they could ride rather than march, because of the previous
disabilities that had entitled them to discharges? Mere speculation.). As you'll
note, they enlisted and were mustered in together into the 8th Iowa Volunteer Cavalry on
the same dates.
You can read the Historical Sketch for each of the regiments listed above, the 8th Iowa
Cavalry, 18th Iowa Infantry, and 35th Iowa Infantry, by going to the website listed below.
These Sketches are now available online. The Sketches give summaries of the
regiments' activities, when the men mustered in, where they went, who they fought,
etc. They might help to put your ancestor's service into some sort of context.
If I can help further, please let me know. There are a few other Dicks listed in the
Rosters as well, if you're interested.
Sue Trout Reisdorph
"Roster and Records of Iowa Troops in the Rebellion, Volumes 1-6." Civil War and
Iowa: Greyhounds and Hawkeyes.
CD-ROM. Creston, IA: O. J. Fargo, 2000.
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