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Yes, I found a David N. Minor, age 26, who served in Company H, 22nd Iowa Infantry. He
was born in Pennsylvania, and lived in Shueyville, Linn Co., Iowa, when he enlisted on
Aug. 5, 1862, as Second Sergeant. He mustered in Aug. 27, 1862, and was listed in the
rosters of the 22nd Iowa as being killed in action on Sept. 19, 1864, at Winchester, VA.
The battle of Fisher's Hill occurred three days after the battle at Winchester.
The battle of Winchester was especially fierce and the Iowa regiments suffered terrible
losses which included a number of their officers. One estimate of the losses of the 22nd
Iowa at Winchester -- killed, wounded or captured -- was 109.
On the 22nd of Sept. the 22nd Iowa again faced the Rebel army, at Fisher's Hill,
fighting under General Sheridan. The report of the battle indicates that the 22nd Iowa,
together with the 28th Iowa and the 128th New York, were among those ordered at 4 p.m. to
charge the enemy's position. The enemy was driven out, with few casualties reported
among the 22nd Iowa Infantry: four wounded. It's not stated how seriously the wounds
were so it's possible men may have succumbed later. The 22nd Iowa, with the 11th
Indiana, acted as skirmishers and were in the forefront in the pursuit of the Rebels from
Fisher's Hill for a distance of 15 miles, which ended around 4 a.m. the next morning.
Paul Miller, a Fife Major, is the only soldier listed as being severely wounded during the
skirmishing which went on during this pursuit in the night.
So perhaps David Minor was actually involved in the battle at Winchester instead of
An excellent book covering the wartime experiences of Co. A of the 22nd Iowa is
_Reminiscences of the 22nd Iowa Infantry: Giving its Organization, Marches, Skirmishes,
Battles, and Sieges, as Taken From the Diary of Lieutenant S. C. Jones, of Company A_.
Jeffry Burden did an excellent introduction to the book, giving a detailed overview of the
22nd Iowa's service. The book contains the diary entries of Johnson County farmer Lt.
Jones, who served from 1862 until 1865, when he was released from a Southern prison, and
many of the shared experiences of the soldiers of the 22nd Iowa are included.
Sue Trout Reisdorph