I went through the book you cited (I think the date on the cover was 1886,
however). I found two James McDonalses, one in Illinois and one in Iowa. FYI,
the volume lists all those former soldiers living in Iowa in 1885 or 1886.
First you need to find the state the soldier served with, whether Illinois,
Kansas, Iowa, California, etc., then find the regiment by number, ie: First
Cavalry, Second Cavalry,..., First Infantry, etc. Since I didn't know what regiment
James McDonald served with, I started with the first page of the Illinois
section, pg. 8, and continued through to pg. 127. With Iowa, it was pg. 163
through pg. 458. This is what I found:
pg. 36 James W. McDonald, Private, Co. D, 15th Illinois Infantry; living in
Quasqueton, Iowa [Buchanan County, south central Iowa].
pg. 176 James McDonald, Private, Co. E, 2nd Iowa Cavalry, living in Fulton,
Iowa [Jackson County, far eastern part of the state, borders the Mississippi
River, directly across the river from Illinois] .
An Alex McDonald, Private, also served with the 2nd Iowa Cavalry but with Co.
G, and also lived in Fulton, Iowa, in 1885/86. Possibly these two are
related. Did your James McDonald have a brother named Alex or Alexander? That
might suggest this is the right James.
I also found a James McDonough, Private, Co. E, 5th Iowa Cavlary, living in
Dubuque. A J. P. McDonough, Private, served with Co. C, 7th Iowa Infantry,
lived in Lacona [Warren County, in the lower south/central part of the state].
Any of this helpful at all?
Would anyone have a book, Civil War Soldiers living in
Iowa, published in 1885, which evidently lists all the
soldiers, by Iowa county, then by state? It also lists
the unit, if known. I would very much appreciate a
lookup for James McDonald. According to his obit, he
enlisted in the CW in 1862 at Altoona, Ill., and
served through the end of the war, by which time he
was a quartermaster. James was born in County
Westmeath, Ireland in 1825, and came to USA about
1841. In the 1870 census he is in Harrison County,
Iowa. He married Mary Carver in 1878 and settled in
Monona County, Iowa, where he lived until his death in
1908. I would like very much to find out which
regiment he served with. Thanks for any help.
Bonnie McDonald, OKC