[Some of the casualties of Co. H, 22nd Iowa Infantry who participated in the
charge of May 22, 1863, before Vicksburg. Many from Co. H came from the
region around the small Linn Co. town of Western College, Iowa, where Western
College was located at the time of the Civil War. The 22nd Iowa played an
important role in this May 22nd charge on the Confederate works at Vicksburg, the last
such charge Gen. Grant ordered before the seige, and a very costly charge it
was for the regiments involved]:
The Western College Reporter
Western College, Linn Co., Iowa
June 15, 1863
Killed, Wounded and Missing.
The following is a list of the killed, wounded and missing soldiers of Co.
H, 22d Reg't. Iowa Volunteers. This whole company was raised in and
immediately around Western. Many of them left the school at this place to join the
army in defence of our glorious country, whilst others left their shops, stores
and farms for the same purpose. In the terrible charge before Vicksburg, the
company was badly cut up, as will be seen by the list below.
Corp. V. T. Lilly [Vincent Lilly], killed on field. Jerome Smart, do. E.
C. Parregoy [Peregoy] died of his wounds Sunday last. John M. Kriger
[Krieger] died Monday. Sergt. J. Bollenbaugh, shot in right hip, doing well [Jacob,
died June 8]. Corp. A. Leibernecht, shot in right shoulder, doing well [Adam
Lieberknecht]. Corp. C. C. Wyatt, two first toes amputated on right foot, doing
well [Charles]. J. Davis, first joint off second finger of right hand
[Jacob]. Alf. Nichols, flesh wound in right leg, wounded in head and on the back,
doing well [Alfred Nicholas]. W. O. Beam, shot in right hip and right cheek,
doing well [William]. J. W. Carmichael flesh wound in left thigh and back of
head, doing well. Joe Middleton left leg amputated above knee, case critical
[died May 28]. Wm. H. H. Rosbrugh shot in right breast and side and left groin,
serious [died May 27]. John T. Davis, shot through both hips, severe [died
June 23]. Wm. Weed, shot in right leg below knee, doing finely. R. G. Shuey,
shot under right arm and through right foot, severe [Robert]. W. H. Hastings
glancing shot on top of his head [William]. Wm. A. Ulum, shot in right leg
below knee, doing well. G. F. Heminger, shot through windpipe, collar bone
broken, severe but doing well [George, died June 8]. B. F. Berger, shot entered
near the spine coming out on right side, severe but doing well [Benjamin, died
June 3]. Geo. Hunt, shot right arm at elbow, passed up the arm, making
surface wound in armpit, passed under shoulder blade, extracted on back, severe but
doing well. E. P. Huffman, shot in right shoulder, doing well [Elias]. Jas.
Largent, shot through thigh, doing well [later died of disease, May 26, 1864].
Ben. Tripp, shot in right forearm, doing well. Jacob Pfaff, shot in left
knee, doing well. E. H. Goodison, flesh wound first and second fingers on right
hand [Edward Goodisson]. Jacob Martin, end off little finger on left hand.
Allen Cloud, wounded and supposed to be taken prisoner. S. Deen, missing
[Sylvester, killed in action]. C. L. Eddy, slightly wounded on left hip [Caleb].
E. B. Judson, struck by spent ball on side of nose [Elisha]. Samuel
Coughenour, slight wound on left hip [died of disease Oct. 5, 1863]. C. A. Weed,
slightly on right shoulder [Charles]. A. Booth, slight wound on left arm [Addison
J., arm amputated]. Corp. A. J. Devault is quite sick in Hospital [Andrew
died of disease June 3, 1863]. John Alston in hospital [no record]. A. Zyke and
Daniels wounded May 1st with Lieut. D. W. Henderson are up the river. We
heard from Lieut. three days since, was doing well [Alexander Zike, Jeremiah
Daniel, Daniel Webb Henderson, all wounded at Port Gibson; Daniel also wounded May
22nd in this charge, according to the Roster].
The prisoners who were taken here on Friday last, were all paroled and
sent to Young's Point where we shall not hurt them with shell while bombarding
The boys are all in fine spirits for wounded men, and I think under the
circumstances are doing well. But some of them are done soldiering for life,
others for several months. This is the 27th of May. I feel better this A. M.,
and hope, with care, to be well soon.
Extract from a letter written by Lieut. J. L. Perry to A. Perry of this
[Note: Most of these men were still in their late teen years or early 20s.
For example, Edward Goodisson, above, was 22, and although several of his
fingers were amputated after his wounding in the charge, he remained in the
service, was promoted several times, and was a First Corporal by the time he was
taken prisoner Sept. 19, 1864, at Winchester, Virginia. He died Dec. 20, 1864,
while a prisoner at Salisbury, NC. He was 24]
Sue Trout Reisdorph
Source for soldier information: "Roster and Records of Iowa Troops in the
Rebellion, Vol. 3." Civil War and Iowa: Greyhounds and Hawkeyes. CD-ROM.
Creston, IA: O. J. Fargo, 2000.