I did find both an Eli Mead and a James Mead listed in the Iowa Rosters:
Company I, Second Iowa Cavalry:
Eli Mead, born in New Jersey, was 26 and listed his residence as Anamosa,
Jones Co., Iowa, when he mustered in on August 31, 1861, as Seventh Corporal. He
was promoted to Sixth Corporal on October 15, 1861; Fourth Corporal on
December 1, 1861, Third Corporal on May 1, 1862; Second Corporal on October 18,
1862; and First Corporal on June 1, 1863. He transferred to the Invalid Corps
March 26, 1864, and mustered out Oct. 3, 1864, at Davenport, Iowa, at the
expiration of his term of service, having served three years.
Company E, Twenty-fourth Iowa Infantry:
James H. Mead, born in New York, was 23 and residing in Marengo, a small town
in Iowa Co, Iowa, when he enlisted August 12, 1862. He mustered in on August
28, 1862. On December 28, 1864, he was discharged from the 24th Iowa Infantry
for promotion in the First Mississippi Colored Infantry, at St. Louis,
(Black regiments had white officers during the Civil War. I don't have any
further information on James Mead's service after he left the Twenty-fourth Iowa
There were 23 Meads listed in the Rosters. A George W. Mead, also from
Anamosa, enlisted in the Thirty-first Iowa Infantry.
If I can help further, please let me know.
Source: "Roster and Record of Iowa Troops in the Rebellion, Vols. 3 and 4."
Civil War and Iowa: Greyhounds and Hawkeyes. CD-ROM. Creston, IA: O. J. Fargo,
I have a very old family story and in it it says a James & Eli
in the Civil War. I think they were from Iowa but not sure, family moved a
lot. I'm looking for any info on these two men. Thanks.